Page 9 - Interesting Facts

What 99%? The typical person in the bottom 5 percent of the American income distribution is still richer than 68 percent of the world's inhabitants

The World Bank is a United Nations international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs.

In other words, they know what they’re talking about when it comes to money and world economies.

So when World Bank economist Branko Milanovic wrote a book on inequality around the world, it’s fair to say it had legitimate information.

In his book, Milanovic has a chart that shows inequality in the world by country and income class. The chart adjusts for the cost of living in different countries, so we are looking at consistent living standards worldwide.

There’s no denying that the incomes in the United States are largely unequal, but that doesn’t mean that America is poor.

The chart shows that the United States is a pretty rich country, even when you look at the bottom 5% of incomes. When it comes down to it, the poorest 5% in America, on average, are richer than 68% of world’s inhabitants!

Interestingly, this percentile is right where the richest people in India fall. So yes, the poorest 5% in the United States are, as a group, about as rich as India’s richest.


AAA will ensure your night is fun and safe with a program available to members--and non-members!

You can call them “Good guy towing company” or your lifesaver, just make sure to call them when you've had a few too many on New Year's Eve.

The friendly neighborhood car service and towing company, AAA will gladly tow your car and give you a lift home completely for free—even if you aren't a paying member. There is never an excuse to drink and drive.

The statistics of drunk driving related deaths is staggering and terrifying. About a person is killed every half-hour and there are about 16,000 people killed in alcohol related crashes each year. In fact, about half of all traffic fatalities can thank alcohol as a cause.

Thanks to AAA's “Holiday Safe Ride Program” the amount of cheer-ending accidents can decline into oblivion. It isn't just New Year's as well, most major holidays are covered for both members and non-members in many (but not all) states.

Of course, the wait times can be long, so it's always smart to plan ahead and have a designated driver to ensure your night starts fun and ends safely.


Weird Al's parody of Blurred Lines is hilarious... but you might learn some English too

Weird Al Yankovic has long been called the king of spoof songs. Usually they're silly and funny. This time, however, he is taking aim at people who commit "Word Crimes."

Check it out below, and you might learn a new thing or two.

Some awesome lists!

Irony strikes! A woman died performing the stunt she wanted to make legal!

When you get someone with a rebellious attitude and a thirst for adrenaline-pumping stunts, it generally spells disaster.

That is exactly the case when Jan Davis BASE jumped from the El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park protesting the ban—and died.

BASE (sometimes written as B.A.S.E.—Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth) jumping has always been a hot-button topic for the alluring El Capitan formation with adrenaline junkies flocking to the top to jump off and the National Park Service doing their best to stop them.

The first BASE jump was on July 24, 1966 where both men, Michael Pelkey and Brian Shubert, sustained broken bones.

An experiment with allowing BASE-jumping permits was conducted in 1980, but disregard for the park's rules and environment shut it down after just 10 weeks.

On October 23, 1999, stuntwoman Jan Davis jumped from El Capitan illegal as a protest on the ban but ended up dying as a result. Due to her actions and fatality, the ban has continued and been more concrete than ever.


There is a woman with TWO sets of DNA in one body. Tests revealed she is TWO people! She is what doctors call a Chimera

When Karen, a middle aged mother of three living outside Boston, heard she needed a kidney urgently, her two eldest sons and her husband went to have DNA tests done.

But then what should have been a routine procedure ended up leading to a remarkable story.

The boys were not a match to their mother’s DNA!

They matched the dad, but the tests showed Karen was not their mom, even though she gave birth to them.

This was a first for doctors and they decided to take samples not only from her blood, but also from her thyroid, saliva, skin, hair, urine and internal organs.

The findings blew everybody away. Karen has two sets of DNA. She is two people. But how?

Karen's mother was pregnant with twin girls, and within the first four days of the pregnancy, the two embryos fused into one unit. The twins did not blend into one person – they just claimed different parts.

One twin claimed the blood and the other claimed the thyroid, and so on, but they each have their own unique DNA. So Karen is actually a plural, or what is referred to as a Chimera. If it happened after four days, she would have been a Siamese twin.

One of the twins therefore gave birth to the two boys, but it was not the twin who ‘claimed’ the blood.



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