Friday, November 25, 2011

Things I learned this week

I learned that:
• The income threshold for the much-maligned 1% is $380,354 in the U.S., according to IRS statistics for the calendar year 2010, the latest available. For 2011 in Canada, it has been calculated at about $208,000.

• Light from the exploding stars, galaxies and other glowing cosmic beacons that arrived shortly (100 million years or so) after The Big Bang that created the universe 13 million years ago is just now becoming visible through the most powerful telescopes.

• The United States has about 2% of the world’s proven oil and gas reserves, but consumes 22% of the world’s oil production and 27% of the world’s natural gas production. It has 4.5% of the world’s population.

• Canada has the third largest proven oil reserves in the world.

Research indicates that generosity leads to a longer, happier life.

• There are 978,000 dairy cows in Canada, being milked at 13,000 farms.
How about that?

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