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Chances that an American describes his or her diet as “healthy”

: 9 in 10

Graduates of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board “Masters of Beef Advocacy” program since 2009

: 1,950

Number of U.S. states that have more pigs than people

: 3

Radioactive animal droppings found in 2009 near the Hanford nuclear site in Washington

: 33

Percentage change since 2001 in the Alsatian great hamster population

: ???78

Minimum number of birds that die from crashing into New York City windows each year

: 100,000

Percentage of black kite raptors that decorate their nests with white plastic

: 82

Maximum occupancy of a Madrid hotel, made entirely from garbage, that opened in January

: 10

Portion of Singaporeans who live in public housing

: 4/5

Chance that an American benefits from at least one government antipoverty project

: 1 in 6

Amount Santa Barbara proposes to spend moving benches to discourage the homeless from panhandling on them

: $50,000

Amount Massachusetts has allocated since 2000 to decrease class size and increase teacher pay

: $1,200,000,000

Percentage of that allocation that has gone to cover rising health-care costs

: 100

Chances that an American opposes any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or education spending

: 6 in 10

Minimum number of U.S. religious facilities that have been foreclosed on since 2008

: 195

Percentage by which books on contemporary ethics are more likely than other books to be stolen

: 50

Minimum cost of a “pleasure palace” being built for Vladimir Putin

: $1,000,000,000

Number of Bentleys purchased in Russia in 2000 and in 2010, respectively

: 0, 113

Rank of Communist China among the “greenest” regimes in history, based on total atmospheric carbon reduction

: 1

Of Genghis Khan’s Mongol Empire

: 2

Estimated portion of registered voters in Zimbabwe who are dead

: 1/4

Average annual income of an Englishman living at the start of the Black Death, adjusted for inflation

: $1,300

Of a Haitian at the start of the current cholera epidemic

: $659

Number of hostages taken by pirates last year

: 1,181

Years since record-keeping began in which that number has been higher

: 0

Number of militias active in the United States in 2007 and in 2010, respectively

: 43, 330

Number of U.S. states with budget shortfalls in those years

: 1, 48

Number of U.S. states that have applied for funding under the 2010 Affordable Care Act

: 50

Number that have joined a lawsuit challenging the act’s constitutionality

: 26

Minimum number of U.S. states and territories in which the Army flew unmanned drones in 2010

: 21

Percentage of Americans aged 18 to 29 who think violence against the U.S. government is justified

: 17

Date on which Glenn Beck hypothesized that an attempted assassination of Sarah Palin “could bring the republic down”

: 1/10/11

Percentage of Canadians who support increasing their country’s military presence in the Arctic

: 58

Number of American soldiers who died in combat last year

: 455

Minimum number who committed suicide

: 407

Percentage of Ohio voters who think that House Speaker John Boehner’s willingness to cry is a sign of strength

: 36

Average minutes more exercise per week that a heavy drinker gets than a non-drinker

: 21

Percentage increase since 2000 in the number of Britons under 30 with alcohol-related liver disease

: 53

Chance that a woman undergoing in-vitro fertilization in Israel becomes pregnant

: 1 in 5

Chance if she is subjected, before fertilization, to “medical clowning”

: 1 in 3