December 14, 2017

New Feature: The World Factbook Now Allows Users to Listen to the National Anthems of Most Countries

From a CIA Announcement: The World Factbook is pleased to present a new audio function. In conjunction with the United States Navy Band, the Factbook now allows users to listen to most of the world’s national anthems. Go to the Government category for any country and in the “National anthems” field click play to listen. […]

A Selection of Fast Facts and Stats Found in the Facebook IPO (S-1) Filing

UPDATE 2: 10 Key Facebook Stats (with Visualizations) via Experian Hitwise UPDATE: Reuters Has Posted a Company Timeline Here are a few, only a few, of the facts and stats included in the Facebook filing. Fast Facts Direct from the Facebook S-1 As of December 31, 2011. As of December 31, 2011, we had 845 […]

Reference: Rankings: IFI Announces Top Global Companies Ranked By 2011 U.S. Patents

From the IFI Web Site: IFI CLAIMSPatent Services, the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services, today announced its top-50 ranking of global companies awarded the most U.S. utility patents in 2011. IFI uses proprietary algorithms and 50 years’ experience analyzing U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) data to compile […]

Just Released: Reference Desk: Top 15 Causes of Death in the United States (2010)

For the first time in 45 years homicide is not on the the Top 15 list. From the AP (1/11/2012): The CDC’s latest annual report on deaths contained several nuggets of good news: —The infant mortality rate dropped to an all-time low of 6.14 deaths per 1,000 births in 2010. It was 6.39 the year […]

Just Released: Fast Facts: Estimates of State Voting-Age Population: July 1, 2011

From the U.S. Census:  Estimates of the number of people 18 and older in each state and Puerto Rico. The downloadable file will also include total population and the percentage of people 18 and older. These are the first estimates since 2010 Census tabulations were released. Direct to Datasets

Lake Superior State University Releases 37th Annual List of Banished Words

From the LSSU News Release: Lake Superior State University released its 37th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness a day early this year, on Dec. 30. It’s an amazing list that is bound to generate some blowback. “Worn-out words and phrases are the new normal this […]

Fast Facts: Census Bureau Projects U.S. Population of 312.8 Million on New Year’s Day

From the U.S. Census Bureau: As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected the Jan. 1, 2012, total United States population will be 312,780,968. This would represent an increase of 2,250,129, or 0.7 percent, from New Year’s Day 2011, and an increase of 4,035,430, or 1.3 percent, […]

Nielsen: Tops of 2011 Lists (Digital Platforms, TV, Books, DVDs, Advertising)

Nielsen’s Tops of 2011: Digital …top online destinations and mobile platforms of 2011 Nielsen’s Tops of 2011: Television …the most-watched TV programs during 2011 Nielsen’s Tops of 2011: Entertainment …the top DVD and book titles of 2011 Nielsen’s Tops of 2011: Advertising …most effective TV advertisements of 2011

Reference: 2012 U.S. Presidential Primary and Caucus Calendar

The calendar is provided by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). Direct to Calendar See Also: Key Upcoming Dates on 2012 Campaign Trail (via The Hill) See Also: IFES Election Calendar (Global)

Statisitcs: U.S. Census Releases 2010 National and State Population Estimates

From the Summary:   Texas gained more people than any other state between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011 (529,000), followed by California (438,000), Florida (256,000), Georgia (128,000) and North Carolina (121,000), according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates for states and Puerto Rico. Combined, these five states accounted for slightly more than […]