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

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

November 26, 2018

“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

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

“[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