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The U.S. ranks 1st in arms and ammunition exports

31 January 2009 Leave a comment

According to the International Trade Centre, in 2005, the United States accounted for 47% of the world’s total arms and ammunition exports, making it rank first in that category. The second biggest arms exporting country, France, accounted for only 7% of the total.

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The U.S. ranks 2nd in radioactive exports

30 January 2009 Leave a comment

According to the International Trade Centre, in 2005 the United States ranked second in terms of the export of radioactive materials. France ranked first.

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The U.S. ranks 24th in abortions

30 January 2009 4 comments

According to a study by the journal International Family Planning Perspectives, in 1999 (the year the study was published), the United States ranked twenty-fourth in terms of abortion rates. Vietnam ranked first.

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The U.S. ranks 4th in Roman Catholics

29 January 2009 Leave a comment

According to the website catholic-hierarchy.org, the United States ranks fourth in terms of the number of baptized Roman Catholics. Brazil ranks first.

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The U.S. ranks 9th for embracing a free market economy

29 January 2009 Leave a comment

According to a Pew Global Attitudes Project study of 2003, 72% of Americans feel that people are better off in a free market economy, which makes the United States rank ninth in that category. Vietnam ranks first, with 95% of respondents believing that people are better off in a free market economy. Interestingly, the United Kingdom–home to Adam Smith–doesn’t make the top ten.

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The U.S. ranks 13th in age of first sex

28 January 2009 7 comments

According to the 2005 Durex Global Sex Survey, the average American has their first sexual experience at 16.9 years of age, which means that it is tied for thirteenth with Portugal and Bulgaria in that category. Iceland ranks first, with an average age of 15.6 years. The global average is 17.3 years.

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The U.S. ranks 32nd for built-up land

28 January 2009 Leave a comment

According to the Global Footprint Network, the United States is tied for thirty-second (with Laos, Macedonia, Peru, Burkina Faso, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, Latvia, Belarus, Italy, Albania, and Egypt) in terms of global  hectare per capita of built up land. Belgium ranks first.

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