We got the special issue of US News today, on Defining America, and here are some interesting factoids:<br><br>1. Religion very important<br><br>US 59%<br>UK ca. 32%<br>Canada ca. 30%<br>Italy ca. 28%<br>Russia ca. 13%<br>Japan ca. 11%<br>France ca. 10%<br><br>2. Divorce rate per thousand<br><br>US 6.2<br>Denmark 4.0<br>Canada 3.4<br>Japan 3.1<br>Spain 1.4<br>Italy 1.0<br><br>3. US credit card debt rose from ca. 220 billion in 1990 to 985 billion (projected) in 2005.<br><br>4. Average # of paid vacation days per year<br><br>Germany 30<br>Spain 30<br>UK 25<br>Australia 25<br>Netherlands 25<br>Japan 18<br>China 15<br>US 10<br><br>5. # of US households with three or more vehicles rose from 2.5% in 1960 to 18.3 in 2000.<br><br>6. In 2003 the US military budget was about five times the size of the next largest, Russia's, at 399 billion.<br><br>7. Pounds of garbage per capita per annum<br><br>US 1,637<br>Norway 1,184<br>Netherleands 1,100<br>Germany 823<br>Sweden 662<br>Frqance 572<br>Italy 548<br>Portugal 367<br><br>8. Lawyers per thousand<br><br>US 3.11<br>UK 1.49<br>Germany .83<br>France .43<br>Sweden .31<br>Japan .11<br><br>9. GDP per capita, 2001 (inthousands)<br><br>Luxembourg ca. 44<br>Norway ca. 37<br>US 35<br>Switzerland ca. 34<br>Japan ca. 32<br>Denmark ca. 30<br>UK ca. 24<br><br>
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Boy, why do we lead in all the crappy categories? I'd gladly trade a few divorces for some paid vacation. <br><br>I can't find it, but a few days ago there was a poll on most respected U.S. occupations in USAToday. Scientists, firefighters, doctors, teachers and nurses got the top five, in that order. Look at that, Boothby, we're at the top! Lawyers and stock brokers were at the bottom - big surprise. Too bad pay isn't correlative to public respect. <br><br>
Man, I guess I am not an American.<br><br>I am an atheist happily married 17 years (only once) who gets 35 days paid vacation (plus a sabbatical every seven), only two vehicles in my driveway, don't want to fund the military, got my garbage pick up down to one can every two weeks (I unwrap stuff in stores sometimes to leave them with a gift to discourage them from over packaging), I only know one lawyer on a personal basis (brother) but I cannot calculate my worth to the GDP because I am a scientist thus my GDP impact is ten years down the road but a study has shown that my type of research (biotech) has an eight to one payback on GDP.<br><br>I must be French. <br><br>Hey, you Americans. Stop praising Jesus, leaving your wife, buying too many cars and throwing out so much garbage.<br><br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I only see one problem:<br><br>8. Lawyers per thousand<br><br>US 3.11<br>UK 1.49<br>Germany .83<br>France .43<br>Sweden .31<br>Japan .11<br><p><hr></blockquote><p>I have 2 in my own house, wife and son.<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Man, I guess I am not an American.<p><hr></blockquote><p>I am an agnostic happily married 40 years (only once) who only had 2 paid vacations in his life, two vehicles in the driveway (86 auto and 92 panel van) and one (97 auto) in the garage, don't want to fund much of anything, one garbage can pickup every two weeks (and we don't use a garbage disposal), have a lawyer living next door and I don't contribute anything to the GDP because I got tired of funding people who get 35 days paid vacation.<br><br>I must be Alien.<br><br>
_________________________ Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson
Hmm, not bad but I left an ace up my sleeve which might push me into fellow alien category. I have 35 paid vacation days but I hardly ever take more than 15. Because, drum roll ... I love my job! How's that for psycho.<br><br><br>
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