Odds & Ends

July 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Odd Factoids

55% of online teens use social networks
More than half (55%) of all online American kids ages 12-17 use online social networking sites, according to a national survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

WEB SURFING
A Harris Interactive survey of small business execss found that 78% of respondents didn’t feel that Internet usage by their employees hurt their companies’ productivity.

PAYCHECK’S A LITTLE SHORT…
A study conducted by a team led by Timothy Judge, Professor at the University of Florida, found that tall people make more money than short people by $783 per inch per year. In fact, height was more important in determining income than gender and experience does not limit the effect. The researchers suggested that there is a belief (myth, urban legend) that society respects tall people and holds a biased view that they are successful.

RETIREE AUTO TAX
The auto union hourly workforce has declined at a yearly rate of 4.5% from nearly 250,000 in 1994 to about 120,000 today. The cost of retirements currently adds $1405 per vehicle – retirees peaked in 2008, and prices reflect this change.

BUYING POWER
According to the Center for Responsive Politics and the Federal Election Commission the pharmaceutical industry has increased its contributions to federal election campaigns tenfold since 1990; $2.4 million to $21.9 million.

THEY HAVE BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME
Gail Collins’ book, America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines (William Morrow), delves into every facet of women’s contribution to our country and the way society has viewed them. Consider:

* In the 1800′s, tomboys were considered “little girls who showed the least tendency toward thinking and acting for themselves.”
* The true scarlet letter was a P for pauper. Like today, the most distressed segment of the economy are single mothers with children. In revolutionary Pennsylvania, a single mother with children who received public handouts had to wear a red P on their sleeve.
* During WWII, 1,000 women flew 60 million miles – most of the time they were shot at because they were towing targets through gunnery practice; or they were testing planes, grounded because of malfunctions.
* The first colonial lawyer that was a woman (Margaret Brent) filed 134 suits in eight years; but she did pull Maryland through a crisis.

CAN’T PAY ME TO DO THAT
Which jobs are on the Bureau of Labor Statistics list as the most dangerous, even during a period when on-the-job deaths fell 6.6% — to the lowest level since 1992? Timber cutters, pilots, fishermen, construction workers, structural metal workers, drivers – sales workers, roofers, electrical power installers, farm workers and truck drivers.

MEMORY LAPSE
A study by Richard Jenning at the University of Pittsburgh shows that high blood pressure can age the brain by ten years. Even hypertension can contribute to short-term memory losses. PET scans showed that those with high blood pressure had less blood flowing to memory regions of the brain.

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