The Facts You Didn't Know You Wanted to Know
March 15, 2023
The Curse of the Kanye cost Adidas an estimated $632 million in revenue in Q4 2022 after it parted ways with the wayward artiste.
The number of U.K. regulator-approved vaping products surged from about 2,000 in 2021 to 10,000 in 2022.
It’s approximately 22% more deadly to drive in the United States since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2022, 41 million vinyl records were sold, versus 33 million CDs—a flashback to 1987 numbers.
Chicago and Brooklyn are about the same size in population, but Chicago has had almost four times the number of shootings and murders this year, as of Feb. 26.
About 57% of American adults want to ban tobacco, but 59% want to legalize marijuana.
The film To Leslie, which garnered English actress Andrea Riseborough an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, had only earned $27,322 at the box office when her nomination was announced.
The number of U.S. households making more than $150,000 that are still renters increased by 87% between 2016 and 2021, to 3 million.
Roughly 25 million Americans are behind on their personal loans, the highest number since 2009.
The number of new tech start-ups with a valuation of more than $1 billion fell 85% in 2022, and the value of their IPOs dropped 94%.
March 8, 2023
The embrace of digital wallets has taken some 20,000 ATMs offline since their use peaked in 2019.
Extremely hazardous chemicals are stored in at least 12,000 U.S. facilities.
The United States averages one chemical spill every two days.
The 588,000 gallons of crude oil that spilled in December from a Kansas pipeline will cost $488 million once the cleanup is complete.
Lego opened 155 new stores in China after closing 81 storefronts in Russia in response to the invasion in Ukraine.
Employee satisfaction increased 16% when companies offered at least six perks of considerable value.
Compared to 18% of all workers, 31% of tech workers see pet insurance as a must-have employee benefit.
Black asphalt covers 14% of U.S. landmass.
The 2 billion parking spots in the United States allow for seven parking spots for every one car.
E-bike sales grew 240% between 2020 and 2021.
Hobbyist meteorological balloons fetch for as low as $12.
The missiles used by the U.S. military to shoot down three balloons in February, one of which was likely a hobby balloon, run at least $400,000 each.
March 1, 2023
Penguin Random House spent 70% of its annual advances for the 2% of its books that became bestsellers.
For the first time since 2010, more than 9% of auto loans for low-credit borrowers were more than 30 days behind in payments.
A quarter of college students would be more engaged in the classroom if their studies mirrored their career interests.
About 1 in 3 graduate students struggle to remember what they learn.
An estimated 97% of Russia’s entire army is fighting inside Ukraine.
Job applicants saw an 8% boost in job offers if they used AI to help write their résumés.
Since 1990, railroad operator Norfolk Southern has contributed $17 million to campaigns of political candidates.
Since 1998, Norfolk has dropped almost $80 million lobbying Congress.
In 1997, 62% of 17-year-olds had driver’s licenses. In 2020, that has fallen to 45%.
More than half of likely American voters, 58%, say they support legislation to ban sex-change surgery for minors.
Some 80% of Americans say they can swim, but studies show only 56% are able to perform swimming basics.
February 22, 2023
Only half of all men are looking for romantic partners today, compared to 61% in 2019.
After 63% of Americans reported having five close friends in 1990, today only 38% of Americans can say the same.
A California vanity license plate that says CASH is priced to sell at $2 million.
Horses and cattle are the cause of 90% of accidental human deaths on farms.
Heart attacks led to 43% of fatalities for runners in Western European mountain races.
Lightning strikes were responsible for 4% of those runners’ deaths.
New York City is auctioning off $12 million worth of ventilators unused during the pandemic for $24,600.
A breaking ocean wave can apply as much as 6,000 pounds of pressure per square foot.
All 112 of Mississippi’s Republican state senators are white; all but four of the state’s Democratic legislators are Black.
A University of California, Berkeley hiring team eliminated 78% of applicants after reviewing their diversity statements.
Only 32% of U.S. workers felt “engaged” at work in 2022, and 18% felt “actively disengaged,” the lowest ratio since 2013.
In the first six months of 2022, Brits lost a combined $72.7 million to investment scams.
February 14, 2023
Led by a strong year for Rhône, fine-wine returns beat stocks and bonds in 2022.
Americans watched 19.4 million years’ worth of streamed video content in 2022, a record.
The all-time highest-grossing documentary (Fahrenheit 9/11) is only the 589th highest-grossing movie.
Global meat and dairy production now requires land equivalent to all of North America plus Brazil.
There have been more than 90 incidents of armed staff mishandling guns at schools since 2017.
A janitor was accidentally shot in the eye while looking at a school guard’s gun in the parking lot.
Kids of doctors are 24 times more likely to become doctors themselves.
Of pills tested at a Tijuana pharmacy, 71% contained meth or fentanyl.
The Swiss run the world’s fastest average marathon time, at 3 hours and 50 minutes.
The Philippines are the world’s slowest, running an average 5 hours 25 minutes.
Wittgenstein saw everything as a game while it was all about suffering for Buddha.