Monday, October 8, 2007


Some figures courtesy of Time Magazine's numbers column (02/10/07)

$50 billion
Amount by which the Bush Administration plans to increase its 2008 budget for military operations abroad
Amount the Iraq war costs per minute, according to a new analysis by a Nobel-Prize-winning economist at Harvard, who noted that the amount spent on the war each day could pay for health care for 423,529 children

Number of people in 27 U.S states for illegally distributing human growth hormone and other bodybuilding drugs, in the largest anti-steroid raid in U.S history
Number of kilograms of raw steroid powder seized since 2006 that was made in China, which us authorities say is the main supplier of illicit performance-enhancing substances

$1.3 billion
The minimum net worth for the inclusion in Forbes' list of the 400 richest Americans this year, up $300 million form last year. Bill Gates still tops the list with an estimated $59 billion
Number of Americans billionaires who did not make the list

$30 million
Expected price for an original cope of Magna Carta, the 13th century document that laid the foundations of England's legal system, which Southeby's plans to auction in December
Number of original Magna Carta copies in existence. The one at auction, published in 1297, is the only version in private hands.

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