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Wednesday, November 03, 2004
(taken from the NOTEBOOK of TIMEMAG)

1 INCH. Increase in the average height of American from 1960 to 2002, to 5ft. 9 in. for men and 5 ft. 4 in. for women.

25 POUNDS. Increase in the average weight of the Americans over the same time period, to 191 lbs. for men and 164 lbs for women.

$30 BILLION Revenue so far this year from Afghanistan's opium production, which feeds 95 percent of Europe's heroin addiction.

$7 Daily wage for opium laborers in Afganistan, twice the average daily pay for unskilled labor in that country.

328 Number of exonerations of falsely convicted U.S. prisoners since 1989; about half of those since 1999 have been based on DNA evidence.

11 Average number of years a falsely convicted prisoner spends behind bars before being exonerated, according to a University of Michigan study.

$137 Billion Amount in tax breaks that will go to companies as a result of a tax bill by Congress.

$44 Million Amount in tarriffs on Chinese ceiling fans to be eliminated over two years by the bill, giving a boosts to the Home Depot, which imports the fans.

51.2 Million Number of viewers who watched last presidential debate.

$10 Million. Amount the USDA Forest Service says it plans to bill a teenager who inadvertently started a 16,000 acre wildfire in Washington State in August.

$150. Cost of the spark arrester that should have been installed in the off-road vehicle that officials believe started the blaze.

$24,675. Sale price of a 1941 Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon, a commercial-auction record for a standard-size bottle of California wine, purchased by film director Francis Ford Coppola's son, Roman.

$1.49. Retail price of the same bottle when it was first on sale.

$55. Price of a one-day pass to Disney World.

100,000/ 2001 estimate of the total number of genes in the human genome.

20,000/ Revised estimate of the total number of genes in the human genome.

13,600/ Estimated number of genes in the fruit-fly genome.

$360,000. Winning bid of cabdriver Mohammed Shah for a taxi medallion, the highest amount ever paid for an individual cab license in New York City.

$10. Cost of a New York City taxi medallion in 1937, the year the licenses were introduced.

posted by infraternam meam @ 11:58 PM  
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