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By The Numbers…

Some interesting thoughts on numbers (most of these came a recent Spirit magazine I read on a flight to California):

  • Stolen credit cards sell for as little as 7 cents each on-line.
  • The Statue of Liberty, at 151 feet tall, wears a size 879 shoe.
  • It costs 1.8 cents to manufacture a penny. Not bad, when compared to the 9.2 cents required to manufacture a nickel. Is anybody else really ready for Google Wallet? Sign me up! In 2010, the U.S. Mint lost $27.4 Million. Any wonder?
  • Only 55 of the 122 runners that started the race, crossed the finish line of the first New York City Marathon in 1970. In 2010, 45,000 entrants crossed the line.
  • The U.S. Postal Service processes 6,516 pieces of mail every second. WOW!
  • In 2010, snail mail volume was down 20 percent from 2006. The Postal Service only delivered 170 billion pieces of mail. That same year, 107 trillion email messages were delivered to your inbox.
  • Betty Crocker might not be real, but on her 75th anniversary in 1996 General Mills digitally blended photographs of 75 women to create her new likeness. Each of the photographs embodied a specific trait or value that the iconic Betty Crocker stood for.


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