War deaths vs firearm deaths
The number of Americans killed in all the wars since 1775 is 1.17 million, according to government statistics. The number of Americans killed by firearms, including suicides, since 1968 is 1.38 million.
Wasting good food
Nine out of 10 Americans throw away perfectly edible, unspoiled food purely because the “sell by” or “best before” date has expired. The average home throws away $450 of edible food a year because of a misunderstanding of those labels.
Los Angeles Times
Slower marathon runners
Amateur marathon runners are slowing down. The median U.S. marathon finish rose 44 minutes from 1980 to 2011. Running experts blame “performance-related apathy” among Millennials who think competing and racing against the clock isn’t cool.
The Wall Street Journal
AIDS-related deaths drop
HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths are falling dramatically throughout the world, due to better access to anti-retroviral drugs. Deaths have dropped from a peak of 2.3 million in 2005 to 1.6 million, while infections have fallen by 33 percent, to 2.3 million, according to a new United Nations report.
Good times in North Dakota
The typical household in the heart of the U.S. natural gas boom, North Dakota, saw its income soar 17 percent between 2000 and 2012. Over the same period, the average U.S. family saw its income fall 7 percent.