Statistics are usually a very dry subject but if you dig deep, they can be very interesting.

Statistics are usually a very dry subject but if you dig deep, they can be very interesting.

There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.     

– Rex Stout

I was watching the news the other day and I saw an interesting statistic on the news regarding Apple Corporation and where their shares started, where they are now and just how much money Apple has.

  • Apple stock was 49 cents in 1997
  • Today it is $497.48
  • It is worth more than Canada GDP
  • It is worth enough to buy EVERY home in BC, Plus, every NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB team

Holy Crap, now that sure gets your attention. That made me wonder just what other interesting statistics are out there that we never really think about. So, having a bit of a nerdly interest in these things I decided to dig a little deeper.

  • If you invested a simple $100 in Amazon’s IPO in 1997, you would have received five shares. That investment would have been worth $129,186 at the end of the trading day on Feb. 20, 2020, when shares closed at $2,153.10 each. That would yield an increase of more than 129,000% on the initial $100 investment.
  • If you bought about $1,000of stock in Google — about 11.76 shares — at the IPO price in 2004, then you’d have about $18,522
  • According to statistics, there are more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky Way. Today, there are around 3 trillion trees and 400 billion stars.
  • According to today’s data, the population of the small country, Bangladeshis bigger than the population of Russia. There are 20 million more people in Bangladesh even though the area of the country is 116,000 times smaller than that of Russia.
  • There is more gold in China than in any other country. Research has found that 440 tons of gold are mined in China every year.
  • On average, a person makes 7,500 steps a day with an average life expectancy of 80 years. Using this data, scientists calculated that a person can walk 180,000 kilometers during their lifetime. This means that in your life, you can walk around the equator 4.5 times.
  • There are many more millionaires in the world than you might think. In the U.S., 1,700 people become millionaires every day. According to statistics, in the U.S., there are more than 8 million families whose yearly income is more than $1 million – and this number doesn’t include any property or jewelry.
  • Children aged 0 to 14 years make just 12% of the population of Germany, whereas in Kenyathe same age group makes up 40% of the population.
  • Last year, a study by Logitech, the computer accessory and remote controls manufacturer, revealed that there’s a nearly 50 percent chance that your lost remote control is stuck between your sofa cushions. Meanwhile, 4 percent of lost remotes are found in the fridge or freezer, and 2 percent turn up somewhere outdoors or in the car.
  • Fishing may seem like a relaxing pastime so low-key, in fact, that some find it infernally dull but it’s actually the most dangerous occupation in the United States, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2008, the fatal injury rate for fishersand related fishing workers was 128.9 deaths per 100,000. That’s much higher than the fatal injury rate for truck drivers, roofers, electrical power-line installers and repairers, and even miners, all of whom had death rates below 35 per 100,000 workers in 2008.
  • There are approximately half a million pieces of space junk in orbit around Earth that measure at least half an inch (1.27 centimeters) wide. Occasionally, one of these pieces re-enters Earth’s atmosphere, and if it doesn’t burn up during re-entry, it crash-lands somewhere on the planet’s surface. Heiner Klinkrad, head of the European Space Agency’s Orbital Debris Office, calculated that there’s a one-in-100-billion chance that you’ll be severely injured by a falling piece of space junk this year. In the course of a 75-year lifetime, then, the odds you’ll get hurt by falling space debris are a little less than one in 1 billion.


Here is a link to other things that I found interesting:


Hope you all have an AWESOME weekend!!!

Brian & Myles McCullough, RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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Nanaimo, BC V9T 2K8

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