2. 93

    Percentage of Christmastime deaths due to natural causes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Why is Christmas one of the deadliest days of the year?


  3. $1.50

    How much it costs daily, per person, to eat a healthier diet full of vegetables and lean protein, according to a Harvard University study.

    Here’s why that may still be too much.


  4. 15 seconds.

    Every day the president spends trying to rally support in Congress for a military strike against Syria, an average of 5,000 refugees will flee the country, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

    That is about one person every 15 seconds.


  5. 21.6 million
    — Millennials (ages 18 to 31) that lived at home with their parents in 2012, according to a new study from Pew. Yes, that’s a record.

  6. Your cat is a killer. According to biologists, when they’re not curling up in your lap, cats are off killing other animals — billions of ‘em. Scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Fish and Wildlife Service estimate that each year, apparently bloodthirsty felines are preying on billions of birds and small mammals like indigenous chipmunks, shrews, and meadow voles. “When we ran the model, we didn’t know what to expect,” researcher Dr. Peter Marra told theNew York Times. “We were absolutely stunned by the results.”

    4 to 18 — Birds killed by a typical house cat every year
    8 to 21 — Small mammals killed by a typical house cat every year
    1.4 billion to 3.7 billion — Total birds killed by America’s cats every year

    More numbers


  7. 3.63 billion people lived in cities in 2011. By 2030, 5 billion people are projected to be living in cities.

    Infographic: Our growing cities 

    (Source: theweek.com)


  8. 33 percent of Americans feel pressured to go to work even when they’re sick. But you can transmit the flu from up to 6 feet away. 

    Maybe you should think about staying home next time?

    More flu stats

    (Source: theweek.com)


  9. In 2007, 116 troops were dismissed for being out of shape. In the first 10 months of this year, that figure was a rather massive 1,625.

    The Army’s obesity problem: By the numbers

    PHOTO: Spencer Platt/Getty Image

    (Source: theweek.com)


  10. The nation’s total student debt load is growing by $2,853 per second.

    America’s student debt crisis

    (Source: theweek.com)


  11. America has a pet obsession

    (Source: theweek.com)


  12. Odds of death by vending machine: 1 in 112 million
    Odds of death by fireworks: 1 in 340,733
    Odds of winning the $500 million jackpot tonight: 1 in 176 million

    7 things that will kill you before you win the Powerball jackpot 

    (Source: theweek.com)


  13. The Powerball jackpot has reached a record $500 million, causing people in 42 states to flock to their nearest convenience stores to snatch up what could be the winning ticket. A numerical guide to the contest, by the numbers:

    $2 — Price of a ticket

    6 — Numbers that must be matched — five whites and one red — to win the jackpot. (Five what balls are drawn from a drum of 59, and one red is drawn from a drum of 35.)

    1 in 176 million — Odds of winning the jackpot

    1 in 5,000 — Odds of being struck by lightning

    $327 million — Immediate lump-sum payout option, before taxes, if you win the jackpot

    25 — Percent the federal government keeps in taxes

    5 to 7 — Percent of the jackpot held by most states in taxes

    29 — Years winners have to wait to receive the entire jackpot under an annual payment plan

    $365 million — Previous largest Powerball jackpot, in 2006

    More numbers

    (Source: theweek.com)