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Percentage decrease in the median U.S. household income during the “Great Recession”

: 3.2

During the subsequent “recovery”

: 6.7

Portion of income growth since the end of the recession that has gone to corporate profits

: 9/10

Minimum number of pigs stolen in Minnesota this September

: 744

Amount the Emergency Homeowners’ Loan Program returned to the Treasury after its allocation deadline passed

: $568,000,000

Minimum amount the U.S. government overpaid for federal services in 2010

: $26,000,000,000

Percentage by which the average contracted project costs the government more than the equivalent government-run project

: 83

Estimated percentage of U.S. public schools that will fail this year under the standards set by No Child Left Behind

: 82

Chance that a school has lowered its proficiency standards to inflate test scores since 2005

: 1 in 2

Price the Berkeley College Republicans charged white men for baked goods at their September “Increase Diversity Bake Sale”

: $2

Date on which Governor Rick Scott said that Florida doesn’t need “more anthropologists”

: 10/10/2011

Date on which Scott’s daughter received her anthropology degree

: 1/11/2008

Rank of the U.S. Congress among world legislatures for gender parity

: 89

Portion of U.S. mothers who read People magazine

: 1/3

Percentage of Americans who say news organizations “hurt democracy”

: 42

Chance that an American between 18 and 24 has read a book in the past year that wasn’t required for school or work

: 1 in 2

Portion of the “Millennial Generation” that is “absolutely certain” God exists

: 2/3

Rank of non-denominational Christianity among the fastest-growing religions in America during the past two decades

: 2

Number of Bibles that have been to the moon

: 100

Number of messages in bottles sent out by one resident of Prince Edward Island since 1996

: 5,230

Number of responses he has received

: 3,201

U.S. patent number assigned to a device for building the perfect snowman

: 8,011,991

Number of codes in the current nationwide system for describing medical services on insurance bills

: 17,849

Number in the new federally mandated system

: 141,058

Code number for “crushed by alligator, initial encounter”

: W5803XA

For “crushed by alligator, subsequent encounter”

: W5803XS

Odds a West Virginia driver collided with a deer in the past year

: 1 in 53

Date on which Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, unveiled a sculpture commemorating the Beatles’ 1964 visit there

: 9/18/2011

Date on which the Chinese city of Chaohu was “canceled” by government decree

: 8/22/2011

Percentage of Icelanders who believe that the existence of elves is “probable” or “certain”

: 25

Number of Italian earthquake experts currently on trial for manslaughter for downplaying the risk of a 2009 earthquake

: 7

Percentage of the vote received by the Pirate Party in Berlin’s September municipal elections

: 8.9

Number of sex dolls distributed to SS soldiers by Heinrich Himmler, according to a book released this September

: 50

Number of Afghan army battalions currently able to fight without coalition support

: 0

Number of “major threats” the Transportation Security Administration has detected in the decade since its creation

: 0

Portion of adults under thirty who think Hollywood is a threat to their values

: 1/3

Minimum number of times Newt Gingrich has seen The Hangover

: 7