Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cell Phones

There are 3.3 billion cell phones in use in the world.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Amazing Facts - Chapter 1

  • Average age of an engineer at NASA when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in 1969 – 26. This means on average, they were 16 when Sputnik was launched.
  • The Sun occupies what percentage of the total mass of the Solar System? 99.9%
  • If the Sun was scaled down to 1/100th of an inch in diameter, how far away would Alpha Centauri be? – 4.5 miles.
    Number of people who were killed by terrorists on 9/11/2001 – 3000.
  • Number of people who died in auto accidents the following year who were driving specifically because they chose not to fly – 1595.
  • Percentage of cancer cases caused by natural or man-made pollutants – 2%. Most cases are from smoking.
  • An American student is 75 times more likely to be killed off campus than on campus.
  • Number of people killed by the Ebola virus outbreak in the Congo in the early 90’s – 255.
  • Number of people killed in the1998 civil war in the Congo – 2.9 million.