- Estimated number of U.S. lives saved per month by $4 gasoline, through reduced driving nationwide: 1,000
(Sobering. I had to sit a minute and visualize this.)
- Number of U.S. gas stations where the group Pray at the Pump has gathered to ask God to lower the price: 12
(Can't they pray for something more meaningful like world peace, better rice yields, the cure for cancer...etc.?)
- Rank of Obama's primary victory among the greatest events in U.S. history, according to Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in May: 1
(Yes, it's really cool. But in ALL of U.S. history...?)
- Number of extra books of the Bible he said could be written to "chronicle its significance": 1
- Average number of names added to the U.S. terrorist watch list each month: 20,000.
- Date on which Nelson Mandela's name was removed: 7/1/2008
(Um, what was he doing on it in the first place??)
- Percentage by which the average incidence of fires and traffic accidents on Fridays the 13th differs from that of other Fridays: -4
(Yes! Friday the 13th rules!)
source: Harper's Magazine, October 2008.