1. 59
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    Percentage of Americans who believed in climate change in 2009, according to Pew. Today, 69 percent of those surveyed believe in global warming. 

    Belief in climate change changes with the weather

     


  2. $1.50
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    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.

     


  3. 22 million.
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    The number of Americans who will dress up their pets for Halloween.

    The economics of Halloween: By the numbers

     


  4. 45%
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    of Japanese women ages 16 to 24 who are “not interested or despise sexual contact.” For Japanese men in that same age bracket? That figure is a little over a quarter.

    What America could learn from Japan’s sex deficit

     

  5. 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

     

  6. 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)

     

  7. Our newest infographic features some pretty shocking facts about our plastic surgery obsession. For example, teenage plastic surgery is on the rise. There were 14,000 procedures performed on teens in 1996, compared to 77,000 in 2011.

    More…

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  8. 77 percent of Americans think all citizens should be able to pass the civics portion of the U.S. naturalization test.

    35 percent of voting-age Americans would fail to answer more than half the questions correctly — and thus fail the test.

    98 percent of immigrants seeking citizenship pass the civics portion of the exam.

    Mind the civics gap