34 Surprising, Mind-Boggling Statistics You Probably Don’t Want To Know

Sometimes the more you know is more than you want to know. Luckily, most of these don’t cite sources, so we can hold out hope that the ones we don’t like are false. Found on r/AskReddit.

1. dandeluxe

100% of people die on or within 6 months of their birthday.

2. Johnny_Horsecock

Around 72% of black children are born out of wedlock. It was 25% in the 1960’s and that was considered an epidemic at the time.

3. mindcrazedbanjo

The amount of American dollars spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars could have paid for solar panels on the roof of every house in America saving Americans billions in energy costs and help towards saving the planet.

4. mindcrazedbanjo

90% of the food in our supermarkets didn’t exist 100 years ago, although cornflakes and milk did so you were still alright for breakfast.

5. FuriousLoki

You are more likely to be killed by a toaster than a shark.

6. Jimbobslow

There is enough food in the world currently to feed everyone in it.


Florida has a higher public masturbation rate than all other states combined.

8. Planejet42

90% of Americans live within 15 minutes of a Walmart.

9. jaZoo

One in five geriatric patients dies within a year after suffering a hip fracture. (Numbers ranging from 14 to 25 per cent.)

10. Irish_Subotai

Breast cancer is responsible for the death of 300 men every year.

11. megitator & kingeryck

The world population has doubled since 1960.
In the year 1804 the world human population reached 1 billion.
In the year 1927 the world human population reached 2 billion. 123 years to reach an extra 1 billion people.
In the year 1960 the world human population reached 3 billion. 33 years. yes, one BILLION people in THIRTY THREE years.
In the year 1974 the world human population reached 4 billion. 14 years.
In the year 1987 the world human population reached 5 billion. 13 years.
On October 12th, 1999 the world human population reached 6 billion. 12 years.
7 billion in 2011

12. bgarrett9

Vending machines take the lives of 13 people per year.

13. fourtwentynine

60% of the time one partner does not show any visible signs of having genital warts when it is transferred. That means 40% of the time the uninfected partner looks down, sees warts, and thinks, “This will be worth it.”

14. banjo_07

There is essentially a 3rd world country in the middle of America. Allen, South Dakota is the poorest town in America–the median income for a family in Allen is less than $4,000 per year.
It is part of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where a population of between 28,000-40,000 almost exclusively have no electricity, telephone lines, running water, sewage, etc. Infant mortality is 5x the national average, and life expectancy is among the shortest for any group IN THE ENTIRE WESTERN HEMISPHERE (for males it is only 48 years.)
Additionally, the population of over 28,000 is unable to support even a single bank or store, so the economy is literally nonexistent. It’s a very sad situation, I drove through there this summer. It was honestly a life changing experience for me to see this in the middle of the United States.

15. daisyink

There are 35-50 active serial killers in the United States at any given moment.

16. gapiece

Since the 1950s, around 90% of the large predatory fish in the ocean are gone.

17. found_Jimmy_hoffa

More American soldiers die from suicide than from fighting in combat.

18. Kill_That_Noise

1 in 3 Australians will develop skin cancer.
I go to the beach every week and get sun burnt quite a lot. Im screwed.

19. Chris-P

There are more empty houses in the US than there are homeless people.

20. skrolls

80% of all Russian males born in the year 1923 didn’t live past the year 1945.

21. sroyalty

The US has imprisoned more of its citizens than any society. 1% of our total population is in prison. 1 in 9 black males are in prison. There are more black males in prison than in college. The leading cause of black males being sent to prison: Non-violent drug offences. A vast majority of military and household products are produced by American prison labor. Workers are paid 25c an hour and are put in solitary for refusing to work.
TL;DR: America still has slaves, through systemic abuses.
(Where I heard all of this: http://youtu.be/nPZed8af9RI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statistics_of_incarcerated_African-American_males)

22. promptx

The US spends $660 billion a year on the military. The total the US has spent on NASA in its 55 year history is $526 billion.

23. zelblade

Every 3 seconds, one child dies due to poverty.

24. ex0th3rmic

Toothpaste was invented in 1892, whereas kissing was invented a disgustingly long time before that.

25. 1radgirl

CPR only works 2% of the time.

26. Thursamaday

58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.

27. SmokeyBare

Girls are on their period 25% of the time. 7 billion people/2 sexes, 3.5 billion women/4 weeks, 875 million women are on their period at any given time.
Subtract the young and menopausal, I suppose.

28. biohazard13

Single men typically change their bed sheets 4 times a year.

29. squalala

In the US, there’s an average of 217 millions white blood cells per liter of cow milk. Those white blood cells come from the pus of the infected teats of the cows.

30. druthers25

You will eat on average 5 pubic hairs per year

31. MadMat23

88% of chickens raised for human consumption in the UnS contain arsenic, a poison known to promote cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

70% of chickens have arsenic levels over the FDA safety standard.

32. megitator

50% of healthcare dollars in the US are spent on the last 6 months of life.

33. SinisterScopez

McDonalds Chicken Nuggets are 43% chicken.

34. HidingDarkness

60 percent of all rapes are girls under the age of 18. I was rather horrified when I found out. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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