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The lighter side--low fat, no meat

What rhymes with orange? purple? silver? month?

Nothing. No fair using names, like education czar John Silber and silver. Which has nothing to do with the legislature, but does give you something to think about.

Or, think about this. Some 30,200 people in the U.S. are injured each year by power tools. Another 55,700 are hurt by jewelry.

Each day in this country, 6,300 people die, and 11,000 babies are born. There are 7,000 marriages and 3,00 divorces. And 27-million ATM transactions.

Where does your money go? Each day, the average household spends $12 on food, $28 on housing, $17 on transportation, $15 on health care.

While you're birthing, dying, marrying, divorcing and spending, the Postal Service is delivering. Delivering 495 million pieces of mail. A day.

The U. S. Census figures also show us that Utah has the highest birth rate, West Virginia the lowest birth rate, Alaska the lowest death rate, and West Virginia the highest death rate.

There are some interesting terms, as well as statistics, floating around. Fleet, cutting 800 jobs, for example, politely called it a "realignment of resources." (Caused by the way, by those ATM transactions which are taking the place of people. Tellers are replaced by electronic banking.)

And, oxymorons! Pretty ugly. Tight slacks. Found missing. Airline food. Government organization. Small crowd. Working vacation. Temporary tax increase. You can add your own.

But, back to the statistics. I've been told that, if you take the whole world's population and condense it down to exactly 100 people, with the basic ratios intact, you'd have 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from North and Hahn column/light touch/page 2 of 2

South America, and 8 Africans. Fifty-one would be female, 49 male. 70 would be nonwhite, 30 white.

And, 70 would be non-Christian, 30 Christian.

Economically, half of the entire world's wealth would be in the hands of only six people, all from the United States. Half would suffer from malnutrition, 70 would be unable to read, 80 would live in substandard housing.

One would be near birth, one near death. And only one would have a college education. No one would own a computer.


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