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In response to the usless facts thread: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=685507&highlight=301 (many of which I believe not to be true) I decided to create a thread of 50 little known facts that should change the world. Please note that some of these facts may have changed slightly since their composition, but I assure you that it will not be much of a difference. Anyway I thought that if you were willing to waste your time reading through the "301" thread (as I did) you could at least take a glance over the most dreadful facts of the current era:

1. The average Japanese woman can expect to live to 84, the average Botswanan woman will reach 39.

2. One third of the worlds obese people live in the developing world.

3. The US and Britain have the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the world.

4. China has 44million missing women (due to the one baby per household law).

5. Brazil has more avon ladies than members of its armed forces.

6. 81% of the worlds executions took place in China, Iran and the U.S.A. in 2002.

7. British supermarkets know more about their customers than the government does(through points cards etc...).

8. Every cow in the EU is subsidised by £4.50 (around $2.50) per day, which is more than 75% of Africans.

9. In more than 70 countries same sex relationships are illegal, in 9 countries the penalty is death.

10. One in five of the worlds population lives on less than £2 (roughly just over $1).

11. More than 12,000 women are killed in Russia through domestic violence.

12. In 2001 13.2 million Americans had some form of plastic surgery.

13. Landmines kill and maime at least one person per hour.

14. There are 44 million child labourers in India.

15. People in indusrialised countries eat 6 to 7 kilograms of food additives every year.

16. Tiger Woods earns $78 million per year approximately $2 per second.

17. 7million women, and 1million men in America suffer from an eating disorder.

18. Nearly half of British 15 year olds have treid illegal drugs, and nearly a quater are regular smokers of legal cigarettes.

19. There are 67,000 employess in the lobbying industry in Washington DC- 125 for each elected member of congress.

20. Cars kill 2 people every minute.

21. Since 1977 there have been 80,000 acts of violence or disruption at abortion clinics in North America.

22. More people can identify the golden arches on McDonalds than the Christian cross.

23. In Kenya bribery payments make up one third of the average household budget.

24. The worlds estimated trade in leagal and illegal drugs is almost the same at aorund $400billion.

25. One third of Americans believe aliens have landed on earth.

26. More than 150 countries use torture.

27.Every day one in five of the worlds population go hungry.

28. Black men born in the US today stand a one in three chance of going to jail.

29. A third of the worlds population is at war.

30. The worlds oil resources could be exhausted by 2040.

31. 82% of the worlds smokers live in developing countries.

32. More than 70% of the worlds population has never heard a dial tone (the thing you hear when tou lift up the phone when you are about to make a call).

33. A quarter of the worlds armed conflicts in recent years have involved a struggle for natural resources.

34. 30million people in Africa are HIV positive.

35. Ten languages die out every year.

36. More people die of suicide each year, than in all the worlds armed conflicts.

37. Each week an average of 88 children are expelled from school in America for bringing a gun to class.

38. There are at least 300.000 prisoners of conscience in the world (people who peacefully protest over things they have strong moral objections to).

39. 2million girls and women are subjected to female genital mutilation each year (often as a measure to stop pregnancy, by stitching the vagina closed).

40. There are 300.000 child soldiers fighting in conflicts in the world.

41. 26million people voted in the British General Election in 2001, compared to the 32million votes cast in the first series of Pop Idol.

42. America spends $10billion on pornography each year- the same amount it spends on foreign aid.

43. In 2003 America spent $396billion on its military, 33 times more than the combined military spending of the seven "rogue states"

44. There are 27million slaves in the world today.

45. Americans discard 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. Thats enough to reach all the way to the moon and back every 3 weeks.

46. The average urban Briton is caught on camera up to 300 times a day.

47. Some 120,000 women and girls are trafficked into Western Europe every year.

48. A kiwi fruit flown from New Zealand to Britain emits 5 times its own weight in greenhouse gases.

49. The US owes the UN more than $1billion in unpaid dues.

50. Childre living in poverty are 3 times more likely to suffer a mental illness than children from wealthy families.
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#2
Hmm, very interesting, and a lot more plausible than about 90% of the facts reported in the other thread.
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Hmm, very interesting, and a lot more plausible than about 90% of the facts reported in the other thread.


Some "facts" don't seem plausible at all, like #25. Please tell me that one's made up!
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i don't wanna sounnd like a pesimistic fag but althought most if not all of those are true and shocking they won't change anything people will go on living the way they do untill something very very drasticly bad happens...


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I hope 39 is made up, thats just wrong...
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42. America spends $10billion on pornography each year- the same amount it spends on foreign aid.


At least we know that one's true.
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#8
I call BS on 37.

No way in hell do that many kids bring a gun to school, and not do anything with it.
#9
I assure that all of htese were true at the time they were investigated, and lets face it, not much will have changed in a few years (3 to be exact)
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Number 10 has no time scale.

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#22 about the golden arches is just dumb....of course they could identify it more readily than a cross, not the entire world cares about or is christian....and yes #39 is wrong, but i bet that different cultures practice that and its not odd to them at all, so as to keep a bride "pure" or something of the like
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#12
pretty interesting. However,

10. One in five of the worlds population lives on less than £2 (roughly just over $1).

just me being pedantic, surely its 2$ (about£1), or £2 (4$), or is this not american dollars? or am i miles out?
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pretty interesting. However,

10. One in five of the worlds population lives on less than £2 (roughly just over $1).

just me being pedantic, surely its 2$ (about£1), or £2 (4$), or is this not american dollars? or am i miles out?


Sorry, my mistake, yes it is meant to be $2 (£1).
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The biggest problem is that a lot of these "facts" omit certain words to make them seem more shocking...

10. One in five of the worlds population lives on less than £2 (roughly just over $1).

But in what period of time?

11. More than 12,000 women are killed in Russia through domestic violence.

Per year? Per day? Per month? I'm sure that many more than that have been killed in other countries over the course of their existence.

25. One third of Americans believe aliens have landed on earth.

Proof? How did they even come up with this?

41. 26million people voted in the British General Election in 2001, compared to the 32million votes cast in the first series of Pop Idol.

Well since each person can vote far more than once per show... (And there are several shows per series)... Uh. No s*** there were more votes for Pop Idol.

44. There are 27million slaves in the world today.

I'd say we're doing pretty good then, since only a few hundred years ago, this number was considerably higher.
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#22 about the golden arches is just dumb....of course they could identify it more readily than a cross, not the entire world cares about or is christian....and yes #39 is wrong, but i bet that different cultures practice that and its not odd to them at all, so as to keep a bride "pure" or something of the like



Today, the number of girls and women who have been undergone female genital mutilation is estimated at between 100 and 140 million. It is estimated that each year, a further 2 million girls are at risk of undergoing FGM.

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/


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The biggest problem is that a lot of these "facts" omit certain words to make them seem more shocking...

10. One in five of the worlds population lives on less than £2 (roughly just over $1).

But in what period of time?



Half the world — nearly three billion people — live on less than two dollars a day.

This soure was last updated in November 2006: http://www.globalissues.org/TradeRelated/Facts.asp
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thurston your link goes to WHO, an international organization...which is my point, it encompasses many many cultures, some who practice this and its not mutilation to them, its not a fair statistic
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22. More people can identify the golden arches on McDonalds than the Christian cross
this one pisses me off in two ways. One, christianity isn't the end all religion (I hate all religion, but christians particularily piss me off), and two, corporations should not be allowed to have slogans and logos etc.

mods pm me if this is overly said...

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thurston your link goes to WHO, an international organization...which is my point, it encompasses many many cultures, some who practice this and its not mutilation to them, its not a fair statistic


regardless, i doubt many women would volunteer their clit's to the butcher. i mean in those cultures, men are way more dominant, and most of the cultures are in third world countries, if it was the woman's choice, then i agree by all means, but otherwise, i feel its wrong regardless of whether or not its tradition.
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thurston your link goes to WHO, an international organization...which is my point, it encompasses many many cultures, some who practice this and its not mutilation to them, its not a fair statistic

What the hell are you talking about? It says 2 million women are mutliated each year, and you say it don't matter because they're from the middle east? And why should it matter if the people living over there don't think it's wrong? A girl has still been mutilated; that's fact.
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It says 2 million women are mutliated each year, and you say it don't matter because they're from the middle east? And why should it matter if the people living over there don't think it's wrong? A girl has still been mutilated; that's fact.


i didnt say it wasn't fact nor did i say i didn't think it was wrong nor did i say it didn't matter...use your reading comprehension, i was merely stating that the statistic doesn't put things in perspective.
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22. More people can identify the golden arches on McDonalds than the Christian cross
this one pisses me off in two ways. One, christianity isn't the end all religion (I hate all religion, but christians particularily piss me off), and two, corporations should not be allowed to have slogans and logos etc.

mods pm me if this is overly said...

pepsi


Corporations should not be allowed slogans or logos? that's absurd.
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i didnt say it wasn't fact nor did i say i didn't think it was wrong nor did i say it didn't matter...use your reading comprehension, i was merely stating that the statistic doesn't put things in perspective.

What perspective are you refering to? He said 2 million women were mutilated each year and then someone provided the source. That's it, end of story.
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Number 10 has no time scale.


Per day. It's a fairly commonly quoted fact.
#24
"49. The US owes the UN more than $1billion in unpaid dues."

That's pretty interesting, does anyone know if this is true?
#25
Hey this was a reply to my thread. WHOA!!!!! im special but yeah these facts are pretty awesome but mine are fun to believe
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What perspective are you refering to? He said 2 million women were mutilated each year and then someone provided the source. That's it, end of story.


No, not end of story, if you look at the source, its the World Health Organization, an INTERNATIONAL organization...that means the statistic encompasses many cultures like i stated earlier and how we view something as "mutilation" may not be mutilation to them
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7. British supermarkets know more about their customers than the government does(through points cards etc...).


Yeah, you know who else knows more than the government? GOOGLE. Now there's a scary thought. If you use Google, they have all your searches on file and matched to your IP Address.
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28. Black men born in the US today stand a one in three chance of going to jail.

That is pretty funny, but sad, but true at the same time.
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The U.S owes it's self 9 Trillion dollars.

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But, if you owe yourself money the debt is immediately cancelled... Right?
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28. Black men born in the US today stand a one in three chance of going to jail.


That is pretty funny, but sad, but true at the same time.
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But, if you owe yourself money the debt is immediately cancelled... Right?



Bleh, whatever, I'm not in a thinking mood.

The National Debt is over 9 Trillion..
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Some "facts" don't seem plausible at all, like #25. Please tell me that one's made up!


Lol, well, I wouldn't put it past them....

...crazy americans.
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22. More people can identify the golden arches on McDonalds than the Christian cross
this one pisses me off in two ways. One, christianity isn't the end all religion (I hate all religion, but christians particularily piss me off), and two, corporations should not be allowed to have slogans and logos etc.

mods pm me if this is overly said...

pepsi



No offense, but on the basis of this post... You're a fucking moron. And prejudiced.
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#35
A lot of these statistics are deceiving.

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#36
abcdboy knows his shit

EDIT: ...oh wait you own a squire and an MG....
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Rebuttals / Reasoning / Debunking on the first 10:

1. The average Japanese woman can expect to live to 84, the average Botswanan woman will reach 39.

Poor healthcare, rampant diseases, AIDS epidemic all across Africa.

2. One third of the worlds obese people live in the developing world.

What percentage of the total world population live in the "developing world" according to that statistic? You can make numbers say anything you want, if you set the thresholds properly.

3. The US and Britain have the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the world.

No kidding. We're careless sluts. No surprises there.


4. China has 44million missing women (due to the one baby per household law).

This might be worse in India. No facts, just speculation. Boy babies are prized in India. Girls are seen as a liability. Infanticide of girl babies is epidemic in India. Some women know to be carrying girl babies never make it to end of term. Torched to death by their mothers in-law.


5. Brazil has more avon ladies than members of its armed forces.

Brazil has never been a militant country and their women are vain. ... next.

6. 81% of the worlds executions took place in China, Iran and the U.S.A. in 2002.

Very few countries in Europe even have capital punishment. China has a huge population to begin with. Iran's government probably uses capital punishment as a tool to keep the dissidents in check. Texans don't molly-coddle violent criminals.

Kill somebody in Texas and Texas will kill you back.


7. British supermarkets know more about their customers than the government does(through points cards etc...).

It's all about economics, innit? The more you know about somebody, the more you know how to attract their money.


8. Every cow in the EU is subsidised by £4.50 (around $2.50) per day, which is more than 75% of Africans.

Again, economics.
The carcass of a cow can feed more people than the carcass of an African.
Not many except Hannibal Lecter have a taste for human flesh anyway.


9. In more than 70 countries same sex relationships are illegal, in 9 countries the penalty is death.

By most accounts, there are 194 countries in the world. It wouldn't surprise me if the vast majority of those 70 (9) countries are obscure weird little countries, or ones governed by religious zealots. That still leaves 124 countries where same sex relationships are not illegal.


10. One in five of the worlds population lives on less than £2 (roughly just over $1).

Not well defined. £2 per WHAT? Day? Week? Hour?
No matter. A sizable percentage of the worlds population has never even seen currency. They barter.
In impoverish countries, it's not that you live on less than a certain amount.
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+1 to someoneyouknew, about time someone sides with the fact these statistics still are worded so it only displays the shock value and doesn't factor in other variables
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EDIT: ...oh wait you own a squire and an MG....

Have you tried them out? The MG is worth it for 55 bucks.

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11. More than 12,000 women are killed in Russia through domestic violence.
How many people live in Russia? If there's like 134919237167146091 people, that's a very small percentage. CONTEXT, GOD DAMNIT.
12. In 2001 13.2 million Americans had some form of plastic surgery.
Plastic sturgery could be for various reasons. Reconstructive...Cosmetic...?
13. Landmines kill and maime at least one person per hour.
Okay...Sorry guys, I think this one's fo' sho'.
14. There are 44 million child labourers in India.
Again, you have to factor in population.
15. People in indusrialised countries eat 6 to 7 kilograms of food additives every year.
How many kg's do they eat in total?
16. Tiger Woods earns $78 million per year approximately $2 per second.
Really? Lulz.
17. 7million women, and 1million men in America suffer from an eating disorder.
Out of 300 million? That's not that big of a percentage.
18. Nearly half of British 15 year olds have treid illegal drugs, and nearly a quater are regular smokers of legal cigarettes.
Again, lulz.
19. There are 67,000 employess in the lobbying industry in Washington DC- 125 for each elected member of congress.
Cool.
20. Cars kill 2 people every minute.
Okay.
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