Trivia you can use—or not:
A graduate student researched the reading levels of 183 UNC-Chapel Hill athletes who played football or basketball from 2004 to 2012. She found that 60% read between fourth- and eighth-grade levels. Between 8% and 10% read below a third-grade level.
A CNN investigation revealed that most schools have between 7% and 18% of revenue sport athletes who are reading at an elementary school level. Some had even higher percentages of below-threshold athletes.
Follow the Money
The median net worth of a typical American household is about $66,740, according to the most recent U.S. Census data. The average congressman is worth just under a million.
Windows 8 Is Another Vista
It’s hard to call Windows 8 anything other than a flop. According to research firm IHS, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have a combined market share of about 9 percent. Hewlett-Packard has re-introduced a line of computers equipped with Windows 7, saying the four-year-old OS is “back by popular demand.” Local independent computer retailers regularly advertise that customers can still buy new machines equipped with Windows 7.
Thinking About Getting a Harley?
Fully 92% of motorcycle accidents involve riders taught to ride by family and friends. Over half of accidents involved riders with less than 6 months on the accident motorcycle as well.
Shocking, Just Shocking
In surveys going back decades, anywhere from 80% to 90% of Washington’s journalists say they vote Democratic.
The Skinny on Skinny
In the U.S., rich white women and poor black men have the lowest obesity rates (followed by rich white guys). America’s highest obesity rates by far are among poor minority women.
Who Says There’s No Cheap Gas?
Venezuela has the world’s cheapest gasoline, about six cents a gallon, so low that drivers often fill their tanks for less than a dollar.
Biggest Benefit? More Time for Commercials
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is looking at proposals that would end extra point kicks after touchdowns.