Category Archives: By The Numbers

We’re number one…or something: U.S. gets bigger

Alas, statisticians, tell us something that we don’t already know. The OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) just released a major report on obesity, which, among other things, ranks countries for their obesity. No surprise, perhaps: America leads the … Continue reading

Posted in By The Numbers, The widening gyre | 2 Comments

By the numbers: half-billion, 1,300, 50,000, 1

Half-billion: So, the egg recall may have leveled off by now. Mebbe. That is, at half a billion. Around the time of the bank bailouts (and ad nauseum since then, from a select few), a number of folks created some … Continue reading

Posted in By The Numbers, In the kitchen, The widening gyre, Thrift is the new black | 4 Comments

By the numbers: 1,600

1,600: The number of calories found in a medium-size cinema popcorn combo at one of the nation’s biggest movie chains. That, by the way, includes the equivalent of three days’ worth of saturated fat (60 g). Other chains didn’t fare … Continue reading

Posted in By The Numbers | Leave a comment

By the numbers: 63

63: The number of times you could circle the earth, if you lined up, end-to-end, the number of plastic bags used each year. Which is somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 billion bags, which the equivalent of about a million … Continue reading

Posted in By The Numbers, The widening gyre | 3 Comments

By the numbers: seven, nearly 20,000, four, and zero

Number 7: the rank of cadmium — a carcinogen that hinders brain development — on the CDC’s priority list of 275 most hazardous substances in the environment. Nearly 20,000: the number of Claire’s Accessories “Best Friends” bracelets that were recalled … Continue reading

Posted in By The Numbers, The widening gyre | 3 Comments