Oh, come ON!

There's yet another internet hoax* going around that starts something like:
"If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following. . . ."

It goes on to claim, among other things, that if the worlds population is represented by 100 people "1 would own a computer." That means there are only 0.01*6.6 billion or 66 million computers out there? Actually, in 2003 62 million US households alone had a computer, and many have more than one according to US Census Bureau.

And the email claims, "1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education" According to the 2000 United States census, 24.4% of Americans have at least a bachelor degree, or another higher degree. The US population is around 302 million. 302 million*0.24.4 = 73.7 million people in the US have a degree, but whoever wrote this claims 6.6 billion*0.01 = 66 million people in the whole world. Huh?

"70 would be unable to read" What? Take a look at these UN statistics: 61% of India and 93.5% of China is "Literate"; that's 40% of the worlds population right there. If UN stats are right India: 1.1 billion * 0.61 = 671 million people China: 1.3 billion * 0.935 = 1,215 million people. I could accept maybe 25% of the world is unable to read, but 70%?

Point is, this is just three of the claims this stupid piece gets wrong. It's simply one of those internet hoaxes that people mindlessly love and send to others, and—in keeping with modern style, nobody bothers to questions. Just because someone says something is doesn't make it so. For that matter just becuase you can think of something doesn't make it so either. Don't believe everything you think.

You want to see some accurate scary numbers try this:


*As the World Turns
-- Author Unknown (too chicken to admit it)

If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following.

There would be:

57 Asians 21 Europeans 14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south 8 would be Africans

52 would be female 48 would be male

70 would be non-white 30 would be white

70 would be non-Christian 30 would be Christian

89 would be heterosexual 11 would be homosexual

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States

80 would live in substandard housing

70 would be unable to read

50 would suffer malnutrition

1 would be near death

1 would be near birth

1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education

1 (yes, only 1) would own a computer

When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

And, therefore. . .

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed than 3 billion people in the world (nearly half of the Earth's population).

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

As you read this and are reminded how life is in the rest of the world, remember just how blessed you really are.


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