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The U.S. ranks 62nd in students reading comics

31 December 2010 Leave a comment

According to the 2009 PISA results, 4.5% of American students report that they read comics or other materials (but not fiction) for pleasure on a regular basis. That is enough to make the United States rank sixty-second out of sixty-five ranked economies. Finland ranks first, with 43.9% of Finnish students reporting that they enjoy reading comics.

The U.S. ranks 3rd in surface area

29 December 2010 2 comments

According to the World Bank, the United States has a surface area of 9,632,030 square kilometers, or 7.19% of the world’s total surface area. That is enough to make the United States rank third in that category. Russia ranks first, with a surface area of 17,098,240 square kilometers, or 12.76% of the world total.

The U.S. ranks 70th in armed forces personnel

27 December 2010 Leave a comment

According to the World Bank, 1.0% of the total workforce of the United States is in the armed forces, which makes the United States tied for seventieth with several other countries in that category. North Korea ranks first, with 10.6% of its workforce in the armed forces.

The U.S. ranks 3rd in perlite

25 December 2010 Leave a comment

According to the British Geological Survey, in 2007 the United States produced 444,000 tonnes of perlite, which is enough to make the United States rank third in that category. China ranks first, producing 1,400,000 tonnes.

The U.S. ranks 8th in knowing where to get information about sex

23 December 2010 Leave a comment

According to the 2008 Durex Face of Global Sex Report, 76.3% of Americans are confident that they know where to get information about sex, which makes the United States rank eighth out of twenty-six countries ranked in that category. Brazil ranks first, with 79.9% of Brazilians confident that they know where to get information about sex.

The U.S. ranks 20th in December’s chill

21 December 2010 2 comments

According to the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, the mean temperature in the United States in December is -2.4 degrees celsius, which makes the United States rank twentieth in that category. Slovakia ranks first, with a mean December temperatures of -33.1 degrees celsius.

 

Note: The above graph is incorrect, and the U.S. actually ranks 19th, with Russia ranking 1st. I misread the data and the mistake was pointed out to me. The correct graph is below.

Preview of “December's Chill.xlsx”

The U.S. ranks 10th in students reading fiction for fun

19 December 2010 Leave a comment

According to the 2009 PISA results, 30.9% of American students report that they read fiction or other materials for pleasure on a regular basis. That is enough to make the United States rank tenth out of sixty-five ranked economies. Russia ranks first, with 48.4% of Russian students reporting that they enjoy reading.