Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday Listicles

Thanks to the Northwest Mommy for hosting Monday Listicles.  This week's topic is,


  1. How come grandparents are more likely to die at exam time?  This disease has sadly been extended to uncles, aunts and pets lately.  Perhaps we should cancel all exams as it is hazardous to people's health.
  2. In 2010-11 total NBA player compensation was $2.176 Billion for 475 players (avg. $5.15 per player).
  3. The three highest paid personnel in South Carolina education are football coaches 
    1. The top seven are all sports coaches.
    2. There are no woman coaches to be found in the top 100 salaries.
  4. Yet 15.1 percent of people living in the United States live in poverty.  More than one in five children live in households that struggle to put food on the table. That's 16.2 million children.  
  5. In a technology and knowledge based economy only just over 30% of the USA population has a bachelor's degree and just under 11% has an advanced degree.  This equals about 100 million people having a degree.  
    1. In 2010, 6.3 million students graduated from post secondary education in China.  While there is no accurate number available it is widely estimated that approximately 8-10% of the Chinese population has  a post secondary degree.  With a current population of  1,338,299,512 that means approximately that means between 107 - 134 million people have a degree. If China reaches the USA current level that means they will have over 325 million people with a post secondary degree.
  6. Last week Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted made $60.4M. Americans spent $169 million going to the top 10 movies last weekend.  
    1. The Hunger Games is leading this year's movies so far by bringing in $400,250,322 in the USA alone.
  7. Why do people all misquote Macbeth? 
  8. In 2008, the USA government (incl all levels Federal, State & Local) spent $680 billion on military versus $507 billion on primary and secondary education.
  9. My wife's blog averages over 1000 readers a day.  The best academic article I have ever written has been viewed under 100 times.
  10. Why do M&M's only melt in your mouth but not in your hand and why is this not considered gross? 
A bonus one - how accurate is this cartoon?

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