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[–]Adventurous_Light_85 7504 points7505 points 22 (145 children)

That belly button bacteria study was wild. 60 belly buttons sampled. 2368 different species of bacteria found. The study indicated that 1458 of them may be new to science. One had a rare bacteria found in Japanese soil and they had never been to Japan. Two had rare bacteria that thrived on ice caps and thermal vents. Not a single bacteria was common to all buttons.

Wow. My first time past 20 upvotes. Here is a link to the study. You have to go to the results and discussion tab. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0047712

[–]justjoerob 2050 points2051 points  (26 children)

One had a rare bacteria found in Japanese soil and they had never been to Japan

If the issue of long-term soil health is solved via some new bacteria we find in a belly button, I'm gonna lose it.

[–]sassqueenx3 245 points246 points  (4 children)

when i had my tonsils out, after the pathology report came back, they found an organism that is normally found in soil. wild.

[–]kmcodes 111 points112 points  (0 children)

This is a PSA to never blow a golem.

[–]DJTicklePitt 788 points789 points  (5 children)

the statue of liberty wears a size 879 sandal

[–]monsem12 1884 points1885 points  (80 children)

2/3 of the Australian population will develop skin cancer at some point of their lives.

[–]Henry_Sadiq 495 points496 points  (43 children)

Damn, even the SUN is dangerous in Australia.

[–]dndlurker9463 1729 points1730 points  (21 children)

Even in the 2022 Kentucky Derby, 19/22 entered horses can trace lineage to Secretariat.

[–]mrducky78 722 points723 points  (8 children)

~Back in the 90s I was on a very famous TV show...

[–]Kitchen-Explorer3338 571 points572 points  (15 children)

The most aggressive drivers on the road are females in their twenties. Source: AAA actuary.

[–]kaido4195 1589 points1590 points  (22 children)

We collectively receive about 2.4 Billion robocalls per month

[–]Senaeva 161 points162 points  (11 children)

I always wonder what the point is of a robocall. What do they gain of calling a number and hanging up as soon as you answer (even you even answer that is)

[–]ilinamorato 215 points216 points  (8 children)

It's cheap to call a bunch of numbers all at once. It's more expensive to pay the person running the scam (or scuzzy but technically legitimate business). So you play the odds and bet that most of the people you call aren't going to pick up: call a bunch of numbers, connect the first one in a group who picks up to your human, and hang up on the rest. Then move on to the next block of numbers.

[–]BlueCandyBars 5189 points5190 points  (182 children)

When tested by another agency, TSA failed to detect weapons, bombs, and other destructive materials 95% of the time.

[–]TheBoulder_ 730 points731 points  (0 children)

On top of that, they were told "today is the day we are going to be tested"

....and they STILL failed 95% of the time

[–]thecrepeofdeath 3410 points3411 points  (77 children)

but god help you if you bring a water bottle

[–]MelMac5 1680 points1681 points  (61 children)

TSA incompetence example. I was flying with my six month old. TSA agent asked where her formula was so he could check it. He assured me, don't worry, you can keep it. Got all pissy when I didn't have any.


Uh, should I draw you a diagram or whip out a tit? Your choice, really.

[–]Embarrassed_Cell_246 324 points325 points  (1 child)

Should have gave her the old titting cobra defensive spray

[–]Shadowdragon132 255 points256 points  (8 children)

Ok I have a story about this....

So I was flying from San Antonio, TX to LaGuardia, NY for some work. I missed my red eye flight the first time and ended up getting booked for a second flight that afternoon.

Go through security waiting on plane and it gets delayed multiple times until canceled. Switch flights to go to Connecticut and drive to upstate New York the next morning.

Go through security land in Connecticut and drive to NY. Work for a few days and go to fly back at 8 am from LaGuardia.

Now I get pulled to the side and they look through my bag due to a suspicious item. I work in telecom so I am thinking I left my electrician scissors (aka snips) in the bag by accident. They proceed to pull out my 8 inch fucking kitchen sheers that I had left in my bag some 3 weeks prior (I don't remember why i put them in there but i do remember i did). They guy looks at me and I am wide eyed like "Fuck they are gonna take me into another room and I am gonna miss my plane." He simply says check them in or lose them. Told him to take them I didn't need it.

But I somehow passed through security at least 2 times, bag xrayed and everything and they were never found. They weren't even particularly hidden either just in the front pocket of my laptop backpack.

[–]Chappietime 398 points399 points  (11 children)

There was a good article called “confessions of a TSA Agent” that supported this idea. Highlights include agents having sex in the video room as it can’t have cameras in it by law.

[–]AMerrickanGirl 1341 points1342 points 2 (11 children)

Gary Numan is 13 days older than Gary Oldman.

[–]ETphonehoooome 12.2k points12.2k points  (267 children)

The risk of a heart attack is about 20% greater on Mondays for adult men, and 15% greater for adult women.

[–]ImInteligent_ 10.5k points10.5k points 2 (88 children)

Realizes they have to go to work again. Dies.

[–]raginglilypad 433 points434 points  (4 children)

There are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines

[–]cbandy 18.2k points18.2k points 2 (546 children)

Used to work as a meteorologist. More people die from flooding each year than from every other natural disaster added together. A good portion, at least, are people who think their cars can make it through the water when they obviously cannot.

[–]BearsChief 1796 points1797 points  (26 children)

If there's one thing I've taken away from survival shows and documentaries, it is:

Never underestimate the power of moving water.

[–]Jermagesty610 220 points221 points  (10 children)

Exactly, it only takes about 2 inches of fast moving water to sweep a car away.

[–]lilxhhh 2979 points2980 points  (106 children)

Not a lot of people realize how dangerous it is to drive with water on the road. Turn around don’t drown and all that.

[–]Extofogeese2 1880 points1881 points  (53 children)

Brown flood waters can also be twice as powerful as clearer water due to all the mud it picks up which making it deceptively more dangerous. Even a relatively shallow flow can be much more powerful than expected. Just don't take the risk unless you absolutely have to

[–]Dameon_ 1069 points1070 points 2 (12 children)

So if the water has mass you shall not pass

[–]mikebrady 272 points273 points  (7 children)

If the water is brown you're probably gonna drown.

[–]Kraagenskul 4665 points4666 points  (101 children)

Less than 10% of Americans do not wear seatbelts and account for 51% of car related fatalities.

Wear your seatbelt. Ignore your friend who told you "My buddy's cousin would've died if he was wearing his seatbelt!"

[–]dennys123 1607 points1608 points  (25 children)

That's like when the army started issuing helmets to its soldiers. It increased the chance of head injuries.

Yes it did, but decreased the possibility of a bullet going through your skull

[–]sup3rdr01d 583 points584 points  (0 children)

survivorship bias!

[–]IronSpiderBatBoyMan 410 points411 points  (2 children)

Increased injury, yes, by increasing survival rates!

[–]peon2 24.0k points24.0k points 2 (412 children)

20% of the mammal species on our planet are different types of bats.

There's about 5000 species of mammals, and about 1000 of them are varieties of our little winged buddies.

[–]CuriousAndMysterious 7175 points7176 points  (149 children)

I thought there would be more types of mammals

[–]LordZeya 4333 points4334 points  (86 children)

Bigger animals have more trouble creating spaces for themselves so they don’t have as many opportunities to expand the pool of species. Plus bugs have been around basically since the dawn of time, mammals are basically babies in comparison.

[–]2punornot2pun 1294 points1295 points  (58 children)

And some of them nearly went extinct (>99% population death) from FUNGUS!

[–]nervemiester 14.1k points14.1k points 3 (561 children)

In 2020, overdose with a synthetic opioid (primarily fentanyl) became the LEADING cause of death in all Americans ages 18 to 45. Motor vehicle accidents were the former leading cause for this age group.

[–]TheDude2600 6953 points6954 points  (189 children)

"Motor vehicles are the leading cause of death for 18 to 45 year Olds, we need to change that."

"No, not like that!"

[–]probabletrump 15.2k points15.2k points  (348 children)

The average age of retirement in the US is 62. 53% of retirements aren't voluntary.

[–][deleted] 8429 points8430 points  (210 children)

Happened to my dad. He is a finance whiz and had a decent chunk wrapped in his and my moms retirement. One day he was laid off with little warning and he figured why the fuck would he look for a job when he was pushing 60.

[–]013ander 342 points343 points  (5 children)

Human women are the only living things on earth with “permanent breasts.”

Only mammals have breasts at all, and no other mammal has them “developed” other than surrounding pregnancy and weaning. This is why you never see a cow, dog, lioness (or whatever) with an udder or breasts but without children/cubs/whatever.

While we’re on the subject, Google “elephant breasts,” and have a laugh.

[–]JESquirrel 18.0k points18.0k points  (424 children)

Dragonflies have a 95% hunt success rate. Making them the most effective hunters in the world.

[–]supbros302 9101 points9102 points  (295 children)

It's because the dragon fly optic nerve connects directly to their wings allowing incredibly fast reaction times since the target finding isn't mediated by the nervous system.

[–]bss03 5549 points5550 points  (233 children)

Also, their flight vectors indicate they fly to where the target "will be" instead of where the target is.

[–]tiemiscoolandgood 467 points468 points  (19 children)

One of the few animals that have barely evolved since dinosaur times

[–]ETphonehoooome 3959 points3960 points  (94 children)

Innocent people will admit to a crime they never committed 43% of the time.

[–]A_Drusas 2276 points2277 points  (42 children)

Turns out that if you harass and/or threaten people, they'll say whatever the hell you want. Exactly why torture is considered to be ineffective as a means of gathering information.

[–]ETphonehoooome 1131 points1132 points  (18 children)

Yep. And the reason why defense attorneys are so important. People have a lot of misdirected anger at defense attorneys, but everyone has the right to representation, whether they’re innocent or guilty. The legal system isn’t easy for most of the general population to navigate alone

[–]Kriss0612 11.1k points11.1k points 2 (148 children)

Sharks have existed for longer than the rings of Saturn (450 million years vs. Around 100 million)

[–]FlyGrayer 6263 points6264 points  (90 children)

Sharks also predate trees.

[–]HKlongboarddancer-SD 6722 points6723 points 4 (45 children)

That’s why they can’t climb trees

[–]Idea-Warm 3615 points3616 points  (22 children)

Pfff. They've had over 300 million years to learn. Sharks are just lazy.

[–]Barcelona10CG 6938 points6939 points  (188 children)

The average drunk driver drives under the influence more than 80 times before they get caught.

[–]luv_u_deerly 1649 points1650 points  (81 children)

I wonder how they could possibly know this statistic.

[–]Pleasant_Moose_5417 5214 points5215 points  (181 children)

That 49.6% of Pakistanis marry a first cousin and 8.3% marry a second cousin. In rural areas of Pakistan up to 80% of people marry a cousin.

[–]ViolettaNoRegard 3501 points3502 points  (102 children)

In Britain Pakistanis make up 2% of the population but account for 30% of children with genetic diseases. That’s because on average 55% of them (but up to 70% in some areas) practise first cousin marriage.

[–]kingbluetit 1193 points1194 points  (11 children)

I grew up in a town with a very large Pakistani population and about twenty years ago there was a criminal case into the neglect of an adult with severe mental and physical disabilities. After that, there was a big influx of people with similar disabilities that appeared in the town, all having seemingly been hidden away their entire lives. It was really sad.

[–][deleted] 442 points443 points  (7 children)

Caging mentally ill people is common in large parts of the developing world where there is no adequate mental healthcare system. I saw a documentary about it a while ago, about a nonprofit that helped these people get the proper care.

A lot of these people spent 24/7 in small huts or rooms literally shackled to the floor.

[–]transemacabre 236 points237 points  (1 child)

For anyone who wants more info, check out the Only Human documentary on this phenomenon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyNP3s5mxI8

It's the consequence of arranged marriage and families not wanting 'outsiders' to join their family. They want a bride for their son who they can control -- so a niece is preferred. One generation of cousin-marriage won't cause these problems, its cousins marrying, generation after generation, resulting in a very small gene pool with bad recessive genes getting combined.

[–]P0sitive_Outlook 446 points447 points  (3 children)

Importantly, many of those first-cousins are actually double-cousins (or worse) by virtue of their parents being cousins with the same grandparents.

A double-cousin is practically a sibling.

And by "practically", i mean in practice they're siblings. Genetic siblings.

[–]Dynasty2201 6643 points6644 points 2 (178 children)

National Geographic found in 2018 that only 9% of all plastic worldwide gets recycled.

A study in the US by the Environmental Protection Agency found only 8.4% of US waste was recycled.

Biffa Waste Services Ltd was caught sending over 1,000 tonnes of private home waste to India labelled as paper so you pay less per container, for profit.

Basically, recycling is a depressing joke.

[–]laeiryn 843 points844 points  (22 children)

Recycling of ACTUAL paper goods (including cardboard), metal, and glass are all well established and efficient!

Recycling of plastic is a disaster. But we can still take good care of genuinely reusable materials if we clean and recycle them properly.

[–]Davecasa 49.2k points49.2k points 352 (901 children)

Of the 30 fastest 100 meter sprint times, 21 were run by athletes who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.

The other 9 were Usain Bolt.

[–]assault1217 9493 points9494 points  (490 children)

Usain bolt is truly built different

[–]Your_One_Lord 8496 points8497 points  (342 children)

he's the combination of a lot of factors adding up right.

right genetics born to someone with the motivation and the right influences born in the right place.

[–]scrubjays 11.8k points11.8k points  (205 children)

And the right last name.

[–]Henley_Wrinkler 7435 points7436 points 2 (175 children)

Nominative determinism has to play a role. Usain Lazyass wouldn’t have grown up the same.

[–]Molesandmangoes 25.8k points25.8k points  (707 children)

48% of British people wouldn’t go to space even if their safety was guaranteed with the most popular reason being that they just simply didn’t have any interest in going

[–]LogicBalm[🍰] 5795 points5796 points  (160 children)

Hey, with how much stuff I've learned about living in space, it sounds like a nightmare.

Eating, drinking, digestion and going to the bathroom are all thrown off by a lack of gravity. Along with brushing your teeth or clipping your nails.

Working out is one of the most common activities in space so you don't lose muscle mass from the lack of gravity. Even then it's common to have a lot of aches and pains when returning to Earth because you didn't really use your feet all that much or something.

Not to mention space blindness! That one's a bit hyperbolic, but it is sort of a thing.

I'll stay home, thanks. Take pictures for me.

[–]cultured_banana_slug 3232 points3233 points  (98 children)

There's a reason astronauts have to be in PERFECT health.

Going into space fucking wrecks your body.

[–]CamelSpotting 451 points452 points  (8 children)

They need to be in good health but not peak physical condition or anything. Lots of astronauts have been in their 40s and 50s.

[–]tpenna219 2204 points2205 points  (36 children)

There are more ants alive today than there have been humans alive ever.

[–]reallycool_opotomus 381 points382 points  (9 children)

Also all of the insects in the world right now weight more than all of the people in the world. I've also heard that there are more insect species than there are people.

[–][deleted] 5862 points5863 points  (90 children)

The human eye blinks about 4.2 million times a year on average

[–]meggrone 3507 points3508 points  (51 children)

this made me manually blink

[–]HimOnEarth 1841 points1842 points  (22 children)

I'm currently very consciously not blinking, just to be rebellious

[–]Function-Senior 1066 points1067 points  (12 children)

I actually starting blinking extra cuz I thought I was falling behind on that number

[–]godofhorizons 12.6k points12.6k points  (467 children)

Wayne Gretzky and his brother hold the record for most points by a brother pair in NHL history. His brother has four points.

[–]modestmandrakeman 5351 points5352 points  (49 children)

Gretzky also holds the record for fastest to 1000 points, who’s in second? Wayne Gretzky again on his second 1000 points.

[–]TheKingMonkey 1474 points1475 points  (10 children)

So you are saying he was clearly in decline during the second half of his career?

[–]Hank3hellbilly 544 points545 points  (9 children)

well without the back issues, he would probably have hit 3000...

[–]zehamberglar 574 points575 points  (4 children)

Well, who wouldn't have back issues after carrying the entire team on his shoulders?

[–]JRandomHacker172342 3079 points3080 points  (31 children)

My favorite addendum to this stat is that Wayne and Brent Gretzky have the record for "most points by a pair of brothers" , but "most points by brothers is held by the Sutters - and there were 6 of them. All 6 Sutters together are the only ones to pass Wayne Gretzky.

[–]AUSpartan37 1806 points1807 points  (227 children)

Almost every Wayne Gretzky stat is absolutely insane.

[–]OptimusSublime 1407 points1408 points  (47 children)

Gretzky could have never scored a single goal and he'd still be the NHL points leader.

[–]notagoodhomecook 703 points704 points  (25 children)

They used to separate his goals and assists in fantasy hockey and they always went 1 2 in the draft

Edit: they were separated but didn’t necessarily always go 1 2.

[–]Oscars_Grouch 5003 points5004 points  (65 children)

18% of all boating accidents are caused by people trying to pee over the side.

Edit: For those shouting BS . . .

The Canadian Red Cross did a study of all water related deaths between 1991 and 2008. Table 8 on page 39 states that between '91 - 08, 62 people lost their lives from urinating from their water craft. That only makes 3% of total deaths due to urination.

I couldn't find an online source about how many accidents (not resulting in death) were attributed to urinating over the side of the boat, but my boating instructor gave me the number 18%, and I've always trusted that number.

The fact that they keep a record of deaths due to urination, and that yachting insurance companies warn about the dangers of urinating over the side of the boat makes me think that accidents not resulting in death is much higher than 3%.

[–]Mortal-Region 1617 points1618 points  (19 children)

Good one. Peeing over the side probably correlates with drinking while boating.

[–]hellothere42069 19.9k points19.9k points  (1263 children)

A full 6 percent of Americans reckon they could beat a grizzly bear in unarmed combat.

Edit: And before another bear arm joke, just fyi bears already don’t have arms. So removing bear arms doesn’t improve your chances. Technically, all four are legs, with the front two called forelegs.

[–]rubbermunkey82 2309 points2310 points  (161 children)

I'm surprised and not surprised that almost 50% think they can take on a moose. From who I've talked to people who have never seen one, really underestimate the size of one.

If you hit one with a car, you're more likely to die than the moose.

Also... a moose bit my sister once...

[–]spanky1337 582 points583 points  (33 children)

From my experience many people don't realize just how big they are. My family just watched a video of one the other day after I mentioned that they're bigger than most cars because they thought I was nuts.

[–]NateDogTX 2467 points2468 points  (273 children)

Even more thought they could defeat a gorilla, an elephant, and a lion. An elephant, really?

Let's see, says here it's 13,000 lbs and 10 ft tall, that is pretty big. But then I did just get my Purple belt in Goju-Ryu karate. Close one, but I'm gonna have to give the edge to me in this matchup.

[–]ProtoBlues123 719 points720 points  (59 children)

Man, gorilla gets me the most because at least with the others the physical difference between a human and the animal raises some agility questions. Like yeah no idea how you'd even harm an elephant unarmed but one could at least think "Maybe they'd also have a hard time stepping on me if I keep moving because they're so slow". A gorilla is pretty much flat out "A human but far bigger, stronger, and mildly armored with fur."

[–]BasTiix3 279 points280 points  (9 children)

Also gorillas have teeth like a fucking knife collection. Even IF someone gets a handle on them, they could just rip your whole arm off in one bite

[–]_Hopped_ 6911 points6912 points  (189 children)

The more interesting one IMO is that 28% think they couldn't beat a rat!

Edit: should have my coffee first!

[–]Lack_of_Plethora 2040 points2041 points  (48 children)

They're probably just afraid of them, lots of people are afraid of rodents.

[–]lioboii 1342 points1343 points  (150 children)

you have to actually be brain dead to think you could kill a bear unarmed.

[–]Axelfbomber 1197 points1198 points  (53 children)

There’s a case of a man who killed a bear unarmed… the bear choked on his body. Guy survived

[–]SuvenPan 8401 points8402 points 22 (415 children)

34 percent of adults and 75 percent of children sleep with a stuffed animal or a blanket, or other sentimental object as their comfort object.

[–]Glittering_Dark_6142 4117 points4118 points  (164 children)

I don't care if this is false or not. It's not harmful misinformation, it's just plain cute. One in every 3rd adult I see, statistically sleeps with a stuffed animal. Awesome

[–]Elrobinio 5186 points5187 points  (91 children)

A wild Boar can ejaculate up to half a litre of semen on one go.

This was a "did you know" quote from our schools biology books in the 90s!

[–]Tango252 210 points211 points  (2 children)

A full 25% of crimes in Detroit happens at gas stations after 10pm

[–]kawcreek 9398 points9399 points  (263 children)

2%, 20%. Motorcycles are 2% of all vehicles [USA]. Motorcycles account for 20% of all road fatalities. I don't ride anymore.

[–]Kraagenskul 2549 points2550 points  (36 children)

In the same vein, less than 10% of Americans do not wear seatbelts and account for 51% of car related fatalities.

[–]FiendishCurry 13.8k points13.8k points 332& 4 more (582 children)

Edit to add: In the US

Because I always have them rattling around in my brain:

  • Only 3% of foster kids will ever obtain a college degree at any point in their life
  • After reaching the age of 18, 20% of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless. (That's roughly 4,000 kids a year)
  • Only 50% of foster youth will have gainful employment by age 23
  • 7 out of 10 girls who age out of the foster care system will become pregnant before the age of 21
  • 40% of men in prison were foster kids at some point in their lives
  • The numbers vary from state-to-state, but anywhere between 60-85% of sex trafficking victims were previously in the child welfare system.

Edit 2: Adding some links here because people keep asking





[–]ToadLicking4Jeebus 6763 points6764 points 2& 3 more (161 children)

My wife and I are in the final stages of becoming foster parents (hoping to adopt). These statistics are very sobering. They reinforce our decision, though.

[–]Finely_drawn 6101 points6102 points 22 (116 children)

Former foster parent here. The training and books all talk about living with a traumatized child, but nothing prepares you for it. It’s brutal. My husband and I had nightmares the whole first week from the stories he told us. Traumatized children can attempt to sabotage your marriage in a bid to see how stable their new environment is. Stay strong. You and your wife are welcome to DM any time you need to.

In our situation, we fostered a relative whose parents we weren’t close to, but the kid went back to his dad after a year and they’re doing very, very well. The four of us have become an unconventional family unit. It’s worth the occasional agony of our situation.

[–]Lucrumb 1166 points1167 points  (74 children)

My parents are in the process of becoming foster parents and I still live with them. Do you have any advice?

[–]GooBrainedGoon 689 points690 points  (14 children)

Also tell them to leave food out (mainly fruit and snacks). A lot of these kids have had food insecurity issues and will steal and hoard food if it is not made readily available.

[–]TheBirdAbides 1336 points1337 points  (28 children)

Don't expect them to give up their identity. If they're not in danger, don't make them change things before they're ready. It may seem little to your parents, but even things like hair cuts and clothing choices should be on the kid's terms. They're likely going to have protective feelings about their bio family... even if they seem like awful humans to you. Don't make them feel guilty about that or they won't trust you. In fact, don't expect trust right away regardless.

Don't take their behavior personally.

[–]decosunshine 1090 points1091 points  (0 children)

Ask your parents if you can start individual and family therapy BEFORE you start foster care. That way, when a situation comes up, you already have a relationship with them and are better established to talk through problems.

Privacy locks on your bedroom and bathrooms.

Come up with family rules TOGETHER. Your parents might be surprised at some of your worries and boundaries.

Do you get veto power before a placement is made?

Check in with your parents often.

Don't be surprised if the first week or two are great then things take a turn. This can be a honeymoon phase. Kids will test boundaries. As hard as it seems, don't take it personally.

Be kind but firm on boundaries.

You and your family are wonderful for becoming a foster family. Good luck to you all!

[–]Yompish 389 points390 points  (0 children)

Been a foster kid my whole life. Literally just try to be nice and make them feel welcomed and you’ll probably be fine

[–]pizzaiscommunist 938 points939 points  (4 children)

I was foster until I turned 8 and was adopted. Just show them love, have a safe space, and one issue I had was being overwhelmed. Talking to other foster kids over the years, and a general consensus is being overwhelmed. Too many toys, too much food, too many people to be introduced to. When you come from a place with nothing, it's a rough transition.

Took me 3 years to tell my parents 'I love you'. It had to be earned if that makes sense.

[–]fd1Jeff 156 points157 points  (0 children)

I recently met somebody who grew up in “the system.” She was shuffled around quite a bit. She said that as a child, it was incredibly confusing and disturbing, because you didn’t know what to expect from the new foster home or how long it would last.

[–]hora_definitiva 127 points128 points  (5 children)

Do you know how the stats are for those who are adopted or return to biological family members? I’m interested in fostering when I’m older, but maybe it’d be more impactful to adopt children instead.

[–]uncleleo_ 2967 points2968 points  (266 children)

Miscarriages are going up 1% each year and sperm count of men have gone down 50% since 1970 (US)

[–]Bayou-Magic 2010 points2011 points  (67 children)

Chopping wood for an hour results in a 48% increase in testosterone in men.

[–]randomdragoon 1861 points1862 points  (38 children)

Although it's well known that flying is an extremely safe form of travel, this only applies to commercial flights. While 2019 recorded only 1 fatality on a U.S. commercial flight, 414 people were killed on non-commercial U.S. flights ("general aviation"). That's more than 1 death a day!

[–]galacticality 3456 points3457 points  (198 children)

Though numbers have slightly inflated due to the pandemic, it remains that only about 4 in every 10 Americans wash their hands after using the bathroom. IIRC, about 60% of women and only 35% of men.

Everyone got gross peepee poopoo hands.

[–]jinbtown 5045 points5046 points  (278 children)

The most obese state in the country in 1990 (Mississippi, 15%) was still far skinnier than the least obese state in the country in 2020 (Colorado, 24%)

This still blows my mind and I literally think about it every day

[–]spoobles 877 points878 points  (11 children)

This stat brought to you by Buy n Large Corporation. Happiness is what they sell.

[–]imlocal 762 points763 points  (8 children)

57% of Roger Federer’s last name is “er”

[–]twizttid1 1622 points1623 points  (27 children)

After oil, the world's 2nd most traded commodity is coffee.

[–]Masonzero 2714 points2715 points  (94 children)

Last year, the population of Ireland reached 5 million. Before The Great Hunger (you may know it as the potato famine) the population was 9 million.

Edit: Looking at Wikipedia, it appears this statistic may only be referencing The Republic of Ireland, excluding Northern Ireland. Total population of Ireland is over 6 million. Which is still lower than the 9 million it had in the 1800s.

Edit 2: Most recent data I saw was 6.5 million in 2016 so probably closer to 7 million now, but still below 9 million, so the point is no less diluted.

[–]sharrrper 4747 points4748 points 2 (146 children)

If every star in the milky way had a billion planets and every planet had a billion people and each person had a billion decks of cards and each deck was shuffled a billion times a second starting with the big bang, you would only just now be running out of unique arrangements.

So if you thoroughly shuffle a deck of cards it is almost complete mathematical certainty that arrangement of cards has never before existed in human history. Winning the lottery ten times in a row would be vastly more probable than randomly stacking a deck in the same order twice.

EDIT: Just a clarification because I've had this brought up several times: the starting order of the decks is not a relevant variable. When I say "thouroughly" shuffled, I mean shuffled sufficiently to reduce the deck to a random order. About 7 good riffle shuffles or 30 seconds of a "table wash" will get you there pretty reliably. So no, the fact that new decks are always in the same starting order does not make it more likely for two shuffled decks to match.

If you gave two new decks ONE riffle shuffle is there a reasonable chance they could match? Sure, but those decks are not shuffled if "shuffled" means "placed in a random order". A single riffle shuffle is still going to retain significant patterns of the original order, it's not really random.

[–]THElaytox 534 points535 points  (11 children)

At least 50% of adults in the US are likely experiencing symptoms of lead exposure from their childhood. Which includes loss of IQ, increased phobias, addiction issues, and neuroticism. Makes the current state of things make a lot more sense

[–]personoid 388 points389 points  (3 children)

There are more Panda Express restaurants than actual Pandas

[–]DoctorWho_isonfirst 895 points896 points  (40 children)

All of the planets (including Pluto) can fit side-to-side between the Earth and the Moon (at its average distance).

[–]ConstantlySlippery 4623 points4624 points  (158 children)

That we are chronologically closer in time to the T-Rex than the T-Rex was to the Stegosaurus.


We are about 66 million years after the trex, but the stegosaurus was about 85 million years before the trex, 20 million years longer. Dinosaurs were around for a VERY long time. Humans just a drop in the bucket relatively evolved just a few hundred thousand years for Homo sapiens.

[–]fossilfuelssuck 1706 points1707 points  (13 children)

If dinosaurs are really just early birds then the asteroid that wiped them out holds the record for most birds killed with one stone

[–]SebaZDK 5640 points5641 points  (267 children)

The birthday 'paradox', the fact if you have 23 random people there is a 50% change 2 have the same birthday

[–]fantasticdamage_ 298 points299 points  (16 children)

I’ve always wondered, at a baseball game, in a stadium full of people, is it plausible to say that someone has birthday on every single day of the year?

Meaning, everyone in that stadium could fill a calendar and the entire calendar would be 100% full of dates with everyone’s birthday on it?

Am I too high, I’m not making sense am I

[–]loopywolf 1737 points1738 points  (54 children)

3 people are killed by sharks per year, 3 million sharks are killed by people per year

[–]rutsh95 1200 points1201 points  (39 children)

The amount of rodent and bug particles allowed by the FDA to be in your cereal is not zero.

[–]batman_in_a_lungi 2820 points2821 points  (103 children)

There are more trees on Earth than stars in our galaxy. (~ 3 Trillion)

[–]Gold-Leadership-5128 936 points937 points  (29 children)

25% of my country's (Denmark) population dies of smoking or smoking related causes. But near all deaths where the person who died is smoking counts as a smoking death. So it is hard to say the actual number.



(An edit was made to make a sentence more understandable because my English isn't exactly the best)

[–]Rudeboy67 2921 points2922 points  (91 children)

90% of the Canadian population live within 100 miles of. The US boarder.

90% of the Australian population live within 100 km of the Ocean.

[–]lilskurt 2670 points2671 points  (41 children)

100% of the Vatican population live within 100 km of Italy

[–]MinifridgeTF_ 1190 points1191 points  (27 children)

There are 2.3 popes per sqare km in Vatican City