If you read Bored Panda, you know we like data. If we’re doing a story on a woman banning her mother-in-law from her house, we look at what experts have to say on family relationships. If we’re writing about employees quitting on a demanding boss, we present surveys on worker needs.
Numbers help us humans to contextualize individual examples and show us how common or rare, loved or hated something is in a broader sense.
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Interested in the big picture, they give us the big picture, Reddit user Awesomeguy256 posted a question to the platform, asking its users “What is the most interesting statistic?” Since then, people have left over 14,000 comments under it, many of which share fascinating information on everything from economics to the animal kingdom. Here are some of the best ones.
Australia has more kangaroos than humans.
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It would take 1.2 million mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood.
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Fat leaves our body 86% through the breath. The other 14% leaves our body through water.
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The tallest giraffe ever measured (George) was 19 feet (5.8m) tall.
The longest crocodile ever measured (Lolong) was 20.25 feet (6.17m) long
So take the tallest giraffe you’ve ever seen, and then add a little, and you’ve got the biggest crocodile ever measured reliably with a tape measure down its back.
Herpetologists agree that sightings of crocodiles up to 23 feet are not unreasonable, but they’re very hard to capture when they’re that big. Therefore, no absolutely reliable numbers.
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Sharks are older than trees. Sharks are at least 400 million years old, trees are sitting at 350 million years.
Edit: Also another fun fact, sharks are so successful when it comes to evolution and long term survival because of a trait called “Adaptive Radiation”, which is a huge increase of species diversity in a short period of time. Modern sharks stem from an adaptive radiation that happened during the Jurassic Period about 200 million years ago. One of the newest modern sharks is the hammerhead, coming in at around 50 million years.
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If you’re in a group of twenty-three people, there’s a 50% chance that two of them share a birthday.
If you’re in a group of seventy people, that probability jumps to over 99%.
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Britain had more planes at the end of the Battle of Britain than at the beginning, because they were being made at such an incredible rate that it surpassed the losses.
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Statistically speaking the average person is a 30 year old Chinese man.
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More Vietnam vets killed themselves than died in the war.
F**K the war-mongers.
80% of Orange Tabby cats are male.
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25% of the earths crust is actually made of iron like in your cereal.
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If you and your spouse both have a divorce under your belt , and one (or both) of you have MORE than one divorce under your belt, the failure rate of your marriage is 93%.
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Women use an average of 20,000 words a day, compared to the mere 7,000 that men utter.
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Hold up your hands and clap them together.
Wait one second, then do it again.
If you could plot the distance between the first clap and the second clap, it would be more than 800 kilometers.
This is because the Earth is moving around the sun, the sun is moving around the center of the galaxy, the galaxy is moving through the Virgo Supercluster, and the Virgo Supercluster is barreling through the universe. When you add up all the velocities and compare the result to the cosmic microwave background (which is the closest thing we have to a universal frame of reference), it comes out to about 800 kilometers per second.
In the time it took you to read this, you’ve traveled farther than you’ll ever walk in your life.
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Only 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh.
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3-4 billion people on this planet earn $2.50 or less per day.
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South America is moving away from Africa at about the same speed your fingernails grow.
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86% of British people live within 8 miles from where they were born.
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Wearing a seatbelt correctly reduces chance of front seat passenger fatality due to front end collision by 45%. Seat belts save lives. For f***s sake people, wear them. Also airbags are more likely to cause injuries rather than prevent them when seat belts are not worn.
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Over 1 million earths could fit into the sun.
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There are more trees on planet Earth than there are stars in our galaxy.
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I found out at a conference last week that 5 billion people don’t have access to safe surgery.
It really shocked me. That’s 5 out of every 7 people in the world.
85% of all Americans live within 20 minutes of a Walmart.
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The average person has one ovary, one testicle, less than 2 arms.
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A black man in St. Louis is more likely to be killed by a police officer than the average US citizen is to get murdered at all.
Whether you think BLM is a bunch of horse s**t or not, Republican or Democrat, or whatever, this stat is pretty interesting. Mind you, a subset of the US population probably doesn’t even believe that statistic is true.
25% of California’s air pollution is from China.
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The richest 1% dudes in the world have more wealth than the rest of the planet.
The world’s 8 richest men have as much money as the poorest half, 3,6 billions people.
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Despite making up a little less than 2% of the population, 44% of the billionaires in the US are Jewish.
The average cumulus cloud weighs more than the Statue of Liberty.
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Til the world record for children born to one woman is 69. She had 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets.
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The Vatican has 5.9 popes per square mile.
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3% of everyone on earth alive in 1939 died in WWII.
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80 per cent of 80 year old males or older will have suffered or will face prostate cancer at some point in his life.
That by almost all important measures, the world is a better place to live today than at any other time in human history.
Most people have fewer friends than their friends have, on average.
If you’re a man over 7 feet tall, there’s a 17% chance you’ll be in the NBA.
That’s roughly 1 in 6.
To overdose from smoking weed, you’d have to smoke ~1500 pounds of it in under 15 minutes. That’s 20-40 _thousand_ joints. The THC wouldn’t even be what would kill you, it would be the Carbon-Monoxide poisoning
If none of Wayne Gretzky’s goals counted, his assists would still make him the all-time leading scorer in the NHL.
My History lecturer told us the other day that more US Soldiers [unalived] in the Civil war than US Soldiers have [unalived] in all other wars ever, combined.
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There are more employees at Walt Disney World (approx. 75,000) than coal miners in the United States (approx. 50,000).
50% of our living US presidents have been accused of sexual harassment.
Women on OKCupid only consider the top 7% of men to be above average in attractiveness, based on their pictures alone. They consider only the top 19% to be average or better. The biggest group in the stats was “moderately unattractive” with 31%. “Unattractive” starts at the 58% percentile, with 27% of men being “very unattractive.”
Women recorded no men as “very attractive.”
If you correctly shuffle a deck of cards, you’ll create a configuration that has never existed, and likely never will again. This is because there are 8.1×10^67 possible arrangements for fifty-two cards, and getting through each of them would take longer than the lifespan of the universe.
52% of white women voted Trump over Hillary.
If all the humans alive right now lived in the same density per square mile as New York City, we could all live in the state of Texas.
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For a while, we were all a single cell. Now we have about 37 trillion of them.
More planes were shot down during World War II than there are registered aircraft in the world today.
Morbidly obese people cost their insurers significantly less than do fit people. The reason being that even though morbid obesity causes such a multitude of health problems, people die at such a relatively young age that they don’t have the chance to run up such a high tab.
America has about 5% of the worlds population but about 25% of the worlds criminals.
New Jersey hasn’t had a male Lt. Governor since 1757.
1) The biggest air force in the world is the United States Air Force. The second biggest is the United States Navy and Army combined.
2) It is generally accepted that the Air craft carrier is the most valuable and influential piece of war machinery because it allows you to wage a war from anywhere without putting civilians at risk.
As of 2016 the USA had 14 the next closest country had 2.
It takes roughly 170,000 years for photons from the Sun’s core to reach the convection zone of the photosphere where it is released out into space. In other words, the Sun light you see is hundreds of thousands of years old.
Cosmetic surgery – South Korea:
South Korean women, the most obsessed with cosmetic surgery, are among the world’s women. Statistics show that one out of five women in South Korea has at least one cosmetic surgery, four times higher than women in the United States. As a result, South Korea’s cosmetic surgeons have gained a reputation for driving around 7.5 million people to Seoul, the capital of South Korea, for cosmetic surgery.
The mass of all viruses in the ocean easily surpasses the mass of all living Elephants.
There are more barrels of bourbon in Kentucky than people.
One of the most dangerous occupations in the United States is President.
18% of Presidents have died while in office, half of those by assassination.
Size-wise, a particle of dust is halfway between a subatomic particle and the Earth.
IQ correlates more strongly with income than socioeconomic background.
The population of Ireland has not yet recovered half-way from the famine of 150 years ago.
The immediate effects of the famine saw a great many people killed from starvation or disease and others emigrate to avoid the same fate. The longer term effects created a breakdown in the social order which forced emigration and a consequent 100 year decline in the population. It’s only in the last 50 years that the population has started to grow again.
More Americans than Canadians live north of Canada’s southernmost point.
This is a bit technical, but let’s say a test is given to detect HIV in a sample where 1% of the population has HIV. Let’s say that 90% of those that got a positive result actually had HIV and 90% of those that got a negative result didn’t have it. The cool part is that, with these statistics, if you took the test and were given a positive result, you would only have an 8.33% chance of actually having HIV! I’d explain the math but this is already long enough. This probably isn’t that interesting to most but learning this in statistics blew my mind.
There are more people living in Dallas/Fort Worth than the entire state of Louisiana.
Alaska takes up about 21% of the USA’s total land area.
Black men have a 1/3 chance of being incarcerated at some point in their life time in the US
If you were to take the smallest cylinder of air completely surrounding the Eiffel Tower, the air itself would have more mass than the rest of the Tower.
Edit: Due to buoyant forces, it wouldn’t exactly weigh more on Earth. However, it still has more mass. Also clarified the size of the cylinder.
In 110 years let’s say, every single person who is alive now will be dead. All of the big superstars and actors and whoever will be completely different people we don’t know. I was stoned out of my mind last night and I was thinking about that and it absolutely blew my f’ing mind.
There are more planes in the oceans than there are submarines in the sky.