Trivia that matters.
- 1,000,000. The number of plastic cups we use on airline flights every 6 hours.
- 40,000,000 - Paper cups we use a day for hot drinks.
- Out of all the countries in the world, US has the largest percentage of its population imprisoned.
- 400,000 People die each year from smoking cigarettes.
"On 911 when that tragedy happened, 3000 Americans died, and do you remember the response? It reverberated around the world and it will continue to reverberate through time. It will be something that we talk about in 100 years. And yet on that same day 1100 Americans died from smoking, and the day after that another 1100, and every single day since then 1100 Americans have died..." -- Chris Jordan (@TED Feb 2008).
- 65,000. the number of Teenagers that will begin smoking this month.
- 213,000. ER visits attributable to abuse and misuse of prescription drugs.
- 384,000. Women got breast augmentation surgery.
- 32,000. Number of breast augmentation surgeries performed each month.
I extracted these numbers from Chris Jordan's presentation at TED. I've been watching each of the TED videos that are available and I think they're great. If you don't know what TED is, you should go check it out. I also have a little page about TED. What is TED?