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Bill Gates is worth $31,004,950,033.64 - enough for a McDonald's meal for everyone on Earth.

This Blog does not aim to be a book review, but I stumbled across this book called “How to Make a Camel Smoothie” (which I got my Dad for Christmas) and it discovers some fantastic and amazing and humorous numbers which try to explain certain things.

Here is one section which I particularly enjoy as it puts life and our livelihood (and that of others) into perspective- here goes:

Imagine you (YOU) would live in a village ofprecisely 200 people, and this would count as the ENTIRE GLOBAL POPULATION, then, in relation to such population the following numbers would represent the people:

  • 97 would be women (at birth)
  • 103 would be men (at birth)
  • 34 would be left-handed
  • 60 would be under 15 years old
  • 14 would be over 65 years old
  • 38 would come from more developed countries
  • 162 would come from less developed countries
  • There would be 122 Asians
  • There would be 24 Europeans
  • There would be 28 Africans
  • There would be 18 from South America and the Caribbean
  • There would be 10 from North America (including 9 Americans)
  • There would be 1 from Oceania
  • 120 would live within 62 miles of a coastline
  • 96 would be urban dwellers
  • 50 would be homeless or live in sub-standard housing
  • 96 would lack access to basic sanitation
  • 32 would lack access to safe drinking water
  • 28 would suffer from malnutrition
  • 32 would be unable to read and write
  • 58 would believe in witchcraft
  • 9 would get drunk each day
  • 1 would eat at McDonald’s each day
...and my calculations have shown that in this global village of 200 people there would be a total of 2 bloggs!!!! and based on these predictions for 2006, there would be a total of 4 blogs by the end of the year.

There

  1. Blogger SA Knock News | Tuesday, January 24, 2006 4:05:00 PM |  

    what a brilliant post. love the comparisons, really does put life into perspective and make you really dislike the wealthy minority in the world. Nice one.

  2. Blogger Gregor | Tuesday, January 24, 2006 4:35:00 PM |  

    thanx sa knock news: it would be interesting to add more statistic to this now....as in computer literacy, religion, belief, AIDS etc etc...