Archive for the ‘Factoids’ Category

“…High Speed 2 [is] a proposed railway between London and the north of England…. [It] has proved a runaway hit with at least one group: archaeologists…In London alone, 45,000 bodies are being dug up to make way for a new station.”

December 3, 2018

https://www.economist.com/britain/2018/12/01/why-archaeologists-love-hs2

“[The] share of Americans who never go to church has risen from 10% to 27% since 2000.”

November 26, 2018

https://www.economist.com/united-states/2018/11/24/what-explains-americas-mysterious-baby-bust

“Call it the Mile-High Miracle: Denver International Airport is the best airport in the U.S. in the first-ever Wall Street Journal U.S. Airport Rankings.”

November 16, 2018

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-of-the-biggest-u-s-airports-1542204004?fbclid=IwAR31ZtyuBsgKVYBkBKR0wlsLMV7ezHuWCgjzLmgFRRNt13PlrKfAGx4VLo0

I still think the location of this airport, so far distant from Denver itself, is bizarre.  And the airport was a mess when it first opened.  But I travel to Colorado somewhat frequently nowadays, and don’t really have any complaints . . .

“Fewer than one in 100,000 people have died in combat per year since 2000—one-sixth the rate between 1950 and 2000, and one-fiftieth of that between 1900 and 1950.”

November 15, 2018

https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2018/11/08/which-countries-are-most-likely-to-fight-wars

“[The] introduction of ride-sharing to a city [(e.g., Uber)] is associated with an increase in vehicle-miles travelled, petrol consumption and car registrations—and a 3.5% jump in fatal car accidents. At a national level, this translates into 987 extra deaths a year.”

November 8, 2018

https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2018/11/03/the-social-costs-of-ride-hailing-may-be-larger-than-previously-thought