25 Curious Statistics About Our World

Posted by , Updated on January 19, 2024

We all know that statistics can lie. And these days what with fake news and all, checking your stats can be a full time job. But, just because something sounds crazy, doesn’t mean it’s not true. Today we’re going to go through some data points that might make your head spin. Here are 25 curious statistics that will mess with your view of the world.



Following 9/11, there were an estimated extra 1,600 traffic fatalities on US roads than what would be statistically expected. Researchers believe this was due to people changing their habits to avoid flying, which ironically turned out to be more dangerous in the end.

trafficSource: mpg.de

The amount of money spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could have paid for solar panels on the roof of every house in America. ($1.467 trillion divided by 132 million households = $11,000 per household spent on the war. 2.5 kW panels cost roughly $10,000)

solarSource: washingtonpost.com

Since 1960, the world population has doubled

EarthSource: geohive.com

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is essentially a third world country. Life expectancy is 47 years for males (lowest in the western hemisphere) and unemployment is over 80%. Most of the population lives without running water, sewage, or electricity. Also, the infant mortality rate is 5 times the US average.

Pine Ridge Reservation in South DakotaSource: msnbc.com

More American soldiers die from suicide than any other cause

soldiersSource: theatlanticwire.com

There are more people in Bangladesh (156 million) than in Russia (143 million)

Russia/BangladeshSource: geohive.com

Of all the mammal species on Earth, 20% of them are bats (a little over 5,000 total mammal species and about 1,000 bat species)

batsSource: scientificamerican.com

A neutron star is so dense that if you dropped a gummy bear from 1 meter above the surface, it would slam into the ground with the force of a thousand nuclear bombs

gummy bearsSource: kurzgesagt.org

If you head in any cardinal direction from the town of Los Algodones, Mexico (north, south, east, west) then you will end up in the United States.

Los algodonesMap data ©2017 Google

If the Sun all of a sudden exploded into a supernova, it would be a billion times brighter than a hydrogen bomb exploding right in front of your face

nuclearSource: what-if.xkcd.com

2 out of every 3 Australians will get skin cancer

beachSource: cancer.org.au

Every 2 days humans generate as much information as we did from the dawn of human history all the way to 2010

dataSource: Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google

An average cloud weighs about 1.1 million pounds (roughly equal to 100 elephants)

cloudsSource: mentalfloss.com

Samsung accounts for roughly a quarter of South Korea’s GDP

SamsungSource: techcrunch.com

In the last 40 years, Earth has lost 50% of its wildlife

elephantsSource: theguardian.com

The US has 3.5 million homeless people and 18.5 million empty homes.

foreclosureSource: businessinsider.com

Note: as some people have pointed out, it may be more desirable to be homeless in California than living in an abandoned house in Detroit. So no, this problem isn’t as fixable as it may seen.


For the past 15 years, nearly 20% of the daily searches conducted on google have been novel. In other words, every single day 20% of the search phrases people type have never been typed before (that’s about 500 million searches per day)

GoogleSource: cnet.com

50% of “Canada” consists of the letter “a” (eh)


Although some people brag about how environmentally conscious they are because they don’t travel or fly planes, agriculture contributes significantly more to greenhouse gases than transportation.

cowsSource: un.org

You are more likely to be killed by a toddler with a gun than by a terrorist

childSource: snopes.com

Canada has the 4th largest air force in North America coming in right after the US Air Force, US Navy, and US Army.

fighter jetsSource: vice.com

If you live to be 90 years old, you will have lived for only 5000 weeks. That means you only had 5000 Saturdays.


There are more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky Way. In fact, there are 30 times more! (There are 3 trillion trees and 100 billion stars)

starsSource: scientificamerican.com

There are more people in Greater Tokyo (38 million) than in all of Canada (35 million)

TokyoSource: geohive.com

80% of Soviet males born in 1923 didn’t live to see 1946

world war 2Source: http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/markharrison/entry/was_the_soviet/

Note: the common “Buzzfeed” statistic is 80% but this is incorrect. See the source for more information.

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