Thursday, May 24, 2007

Americans every second

This American Self-Portrait depicted and zoomed in details was in one sence chocked for me. I see all these mountains of refuse every day in the real life in Naples. So I thought: what do we do with this world? Multiplicate this numbers ...


11,000 jet trails, equal to the number of commercial flights in the US every eight hours.
two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes.
65,000 cigarettes, equal to the number of American teenagers under age eighteen who become addicted to cigarettes every month.
11,000 jet trails, equal to the number of commercial flights in the US every eight hours
426,000 cell phones, equal to the number of cell phones retired in the US every day.
213,000 Vicodin pills, equal to the number of emergency room visits yearly in the US related to misuse or abuse of prescription pain killers.
29,569 handguns, equal to the number of gun-related deaths in the US in 2004.
1.14 million brown paper supermarket bags, the number used in the US every hour.
60,000 plastic bags, the number used in the US every five seconds.
24,000 logos from the GMC Yukon Denali, equal to six weeks of sales of that model SUV in 2004.
2.3 million folded prison uniforms, equal to the number of Americans incarcerated in 2005.
106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds.
30,000 reams of office paper, or 15 million sheets, equal to the amount of office paper used in the US every five minutes.
3.6 million tire valve caps, one for each new SUV sold in the US in 2004.
125,000 one-hundred dollar bills ($12.5 million), the amount our government spends every hour on the war in Iraq.
75,000 shipping containers, the number of containers processed through American ports every day.

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