# 56 People Are Sharing The Most Fascinating And Random Statistics You Might Not Know

Ah, statistics. In high school, that was one of the most dreaded classes everyone tried hard to avoid. Despite how useful the course was, it just didn’t appeal to our picky teenage taste. Thankfully, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to really appreciate statistics for how much they teach us about our world. Clearly, I’m not alone either.

Earlier this week, Reddit user Foundation_james reached out asking for the most interesting statistics people know, and the post received thousands of responses. We’ve gathered some of the most fascinating statistics people shared, so you can read them below and add them to your list of go-to fun facts. Be sure to upvote all of your favorite stats, and then if you’re looking to learn even more from Bored Panda, we recommend checking out this piece next.

# #1

Of the 30 fastest 100 meter sprint times, 21 were run by athletes who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.

The other 9 were Usain Bolt.

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Statistics are more prevalent in our day to day lives than many of us even realize. Every time we check the weather before deciding what to wear in the morning, we’re relying on statistics. When our insurance company informs us of the rates we’re going to be charged, they’ve determined those numbers based on stats of all the drivers and homeowners in our area. When a friend offers us a cigarette at a party, we may politely decline because it’s hard to ignore the statistics about cancer rates linked to smoking.

The field of statistics is the science of learning from data, and without an understanding of it, we would have a very difficult time making decisions. When preparing for emergencies, for example, we can assess the risks based on statistics. How often do hurricanes occur in this area? How likely is one to occur within the next week? When a hurricane does hit, how devastating is it expected to be? The National Hurricane Center uses various statistical models "based on historical relationships between hurricane-specific information, such as the location and time of year, and the behavior of historical hurricanes" to predict future storms. These stats are incredibly important in keeping citizens safe and minimizing destruction from hurricanes.

# #2

34 percent of adults and 75 percent of children sleep with a stuffed animal or a blanket, or other sentimental object as their comfort object.

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# #3

50% of human DNA is shared with bananas

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Statistics also play a huge role in political campaigns. We can predict the outcome of elections by using data about an area from past elections and by polling individuals during a campaign to see where they are leaning. Politicians running for office use this data to decide where to focus their energy as well. If a county has voted Republican in every presidential election for the past 20 years, they are likely to vote the same way in the future, regardless of how many rallies are held there.

Statistics have also been incredibly important to governments in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. Decisions about lockdowns, restrictions, mask mandates and vaccine requirements have all been made based on illness and death rates over time. It would have been very difficult for governments to determine a course of action in fighting Covid without proof of how it’s spreading and where.

# #4

67% of statistics are made up

# #5

A full 6 percent of Americans reckon they could beat a grizzly bear in unarmed combat.

Edit: And before another bear arm joke, just fyi bears already don’t have arms. So removing bear arms doesn’t improve your chances. Technically, all four are legs, with the front two called forelegs.

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# #6

Communism has worked 0% of the times it was tried.

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Statistics also benefit us when we’re doing our weekly grocery shop. Stores use the data they collect on what products are being purchased the most frequently to decide how much to order. This is particularly important for items that become more popular in specific seasons, such as sunscreen in the summer months and hot chocolate in the winter. And if you want to determine the best time to go grocery shopping to avoid crowds, the stats will tell you to go on Mondays and Tuesdays. Skip shopping on Saturdays and Sundays, especially between 11am-12pm, as shoppers spend an average of 7 more minutes in stores on weekends due to crowds.

# #7

Innocent people will admit to a crime they never committed 43% of the time.

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# #8

The human eye blinks about 4.2 million times a year on average

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# #9

48% of British people wouldn’t go to space even if their safety was guaranteed with the most popular reason being that they just simply didn’t have any interest in going

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Statistics can also be exciting when learning about topics we’re passionate about, like sports. Data analytics have become extremely important in the world of professional sports for team strategies and for the enjoyment of fans. It wasn’t until 2002, however, that sports analytics really started to take off. The catalyst was Billy Beane, who was general manager of the Oakland Athletics at the time, using statistical analysis to curate a powerful team of lesser-known baseball players. After the Athletics almost won the World Series, Beane’s strategy, which came to be known as “Moneyball”, quickly became the norm for other teams as well and even inspired a 2011 film starring Brad Pitt.

# #10

There are more Panda Express restaurants than actual Pandas

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# #11

Chopping wood for an hour results in a 48% increase in testosterone in men.

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# #12

There are 1.9 popes per square mile in the Vatican City

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According to a report from Research and Markets, the global sports analytics industry is expected to reach \$3.4 billion by 2028. Part of the reason for this is the speed at which analytics technology has evolved. Companies like Genius Sports, for example, are able to “generate statistical breakdowns from video footage to help coaches optimize their play calling during games or generate post-game takeaways”. Cameras are also used by many  companies to track player movement, ball speeds and more. But it’s not only the teams who benefit from this data. Fans use these statistics to create their fantasy league teams and place bets on who will win games.

# #13

That belly button bacteria study was wild. 60 belly buttons sampled. 2368 different species of bacteria found. The study indicated that 1458 of them may be new to science. One had a rare bacteria found in Japanese soil and they had never been to Japan. Two had rare bacteria that thrived on ice caps and thermal vents. Not a single bacteria was common to all buttons.

# #14

Despite making up less than 4% of the population, Americans produce over 20% of the garbage in the world.

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# #15

There are more privately owned guns than people in the U.S. (Washington Post June 19, 2018)

No matter what your favorite sport is, I’m sure you can find a high-tech analytics company that’s pumping out fascinating data about your favorite athletes. For example, Trace in Austin, Texas, uses recording gear and an AI system to analyze film from soccer games, so coaches and players don’t have to. Players wear tracking devices that record their games, and an AI bot stitches together clips of all of the most important moments. Trace also notes performance metrics including minutes played, distance ran, top speed, max efforts, and stamina, and creates a heat map tracking where players spent most of their time during a game. Technology like this saves coaches time and helps them create more effective strategies for future games.

# #16

Genghis Khan killed so many people that he cooled the earth by a bit.

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# #17

Residents of large cities, on average, spend 6 months of their lives waiting for the green light of a traffic light.

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# #18

It only takes 23 people in the same room for there to be a 50% chance two of them share the same birthday.

Difference between a million and a billion. When put in perspective by units of time, one million seconds is 12 days, one billion seconds is 31 years.

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When it comes to statistical analysis, there are 7 key types: descriptive, inferential, predictive, prescriptive, exploratory, causal and mechanistic. Each type serves a slightly different purpose, but they all help the world go round. Descriptive statistics, for example, deal with “organizing and summarizing data using numbers and graphs”. Using visual aids like graphs and tables is an efficient way to convey information because it's more palatable for the general population. These are often used in news articles to simplify complex data. As the name suggests, inferential statistics allow us to infer generalizations about data and “make conclusions with respect to future outcomes” by testing hypotheses. This method often uses the sampling theory, various tests of significance and statistical control.

# #19

93% of people don't check facts they read on the internet.

# #20

Miscarriages are going up 1% each year and sperm count of men have gone down 50% since 1970 (US)

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# #21

The job with the highest death rate historically in the US is President

Edit: I didn’t factor in lifetime appointments, so technically I was wrong if you count that

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Predictive analysis is also pretty self-explanatory, as it is used to make predictions about future events based on “current and past facts and figures". We rely on predictive analysis for weather forecasts, and many businesses including marketing companies, insurance companies, financial corporations and online service providers use predictive analysis to gain competitive advantages. Conversely, prescriptive analysis uses data to determine the best reaction to a situation. It relies on several techniques including simulation, graph analysis, algorithms, complex event processing and more.

# #22

20% of the mammal species on our planet are different types of bats.

There's about 5000 species of mammals, and about 1000 of them are varieties of our little winged buddies.

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# #23

The leading cause of death for ages 5 to 18 (correction 1 through 18) has recently switched from car crashes to gun violence in the US.

Your school age child is more likely to die from gun violence than any other cause, including car crashes. 21% gun violence, 20% car crashes.

(Edit: Seeing as rates of gun violence for 1 to 4 year olds is exceedingly low (accidental deaths are a different category), the picture for 5 to 18 year olds is likely higher than 21%)

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# #24

You have far more chances to die from a a coconut fall than by a shark attack

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Exploratory analysis is generally “the first step of the data analysis process that is conducted prior to any other statistical analysis techniques”. It is not the sole method for predicting or drawing conclusions, but it provides a preview of data and can give valuable insight. Causal analysis is used to understand the reason behind why events occur. For example, it can be used by businesses to trace what went wrong in a failed experiment or by IT companies to check the quality assurance of their software. Lastly, mechanistic analysis is the least common type and is used to “understand the definite changes that could make changes in other variables”. For example, it is used in biological sciences "when studying and inspecting how various parts of the virus are affected by making changes in medicine".

# #25

I read somewhere that about 80% of Indians feel that if they're too happy something bad is around the corner.

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# #26

After oil, the world's 2nd most traded commodity is coffee.

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# #27

Dragonflies have a 95% hunt success rate. Making them the most effective hunters in the world.

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I hope this list is showing you how interesting random statistics about our world can be. I'm thankful for all of the curious statisticians who did the work to figure out these facts and all of the Reddit users who were able to share them with us. Don't forget to upvote all of your favorites, and then let us know in the comments what the most interesting statistic you know is!

# #28

In 2020, overdose with a synthetic opioid (primarily fentanyl) became the LEADING cause of death in all Americans ages 18 to 45. Motor vehicle accidents were the former leading cause for this age group.

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# #29

Less than 10% of Americans do not wear seatbelts and account for 51% of car related fatalities.

Wear your seatbelt. Ignore your friend who told you "My buddy's cousin would've died if he was wearing his seatbelt!"

# #30

30% of people can juggle. 75% of people dislike juggling. So that means 5% of people who can juggle don’t like juggling. (I can juggle and I honestly don’t enjoy it either).

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# #31

There have been 288 mass shootings at schools since 2009 in the USA. The country with the next highest amount has………….. 8. To be clear they have 2.7% of the mass shootings at school that we do.

Which does not count Pulse in Orlando, the Vegas Strip shooting, etc.

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# #32

A jellyfish is about 96~98% water (it’s the best I got)

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# #33

Watching every game of American football for a single team throughout a season (excluding playoffs and Superbowl) is the equivalent of watching 11 seasons worth of anime.

Maybe not the most interesting statistic, but probably the most oddly specific I got.

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# #34

70% of the german population believe that their ancestors during WW2 helped jewish escapees or didn't support/partake in the actions performed by the nazis.

# #35

The risk of a heart attack is about 20% greater on Mondays for adult men, and 15% greater for adult women.

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# #36

50% of retired people retired earlier than they expected to. Mainly due to job loss or health problems.

# #37

That the remains found in Machu Picchu are 80% female.

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# #38

Survey of Fortune 500 executives found that 93% agree the golf reflects life.

86% admit to cheating at golf.

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# #39

If you made \$295,000 every single day since the birth of Christ, you still wouldn't be worth what Elon Musk is.

Edit: Let's put the same concept into seconds. If you were to do a conversion of dollars to seconds (\$1 = 1 second), the median American gets 1 day and 10 hours (net worth of \$121,760).

Elon musk would get 6,910 YEARS.

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# #40

In the US, if one graduates high school then get married then have children, in that order, one has a 97% chance of never living in poverty.

# #41

86 percent of British citizens reside within 8 miles of their birthplace.

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# #42

Islam is the 1st growing religion while Christianity is slowly dying.

# #43

A wild Boar can ejaculate up to half a litre of semen on one go.

This was a "did you know" quote from our schools biology books in the 90s!

# #44

If you take away every single goal Wayne Gretzky scored in his career, he would still be the All Time points leader, with just his assists alone.

That’s 894 goals, 1,963 assists, for 2,857 total points. Gretzky is the GOAT of sports.

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# #45

That 49.6% of Pakistanis marry a first cousin and 8.3% marry a second cousin. In rural areas of Pakistan up to 80% of people marry a cousin.

# #46

The most obese state in the country in 1990 (Mississippi, 15%) was still far skinnier than the least obese state in the country in 2020 (Colorado, 24%)

This still blows my mind and I literally think about it every day

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# #47

I'll keep saying it until someone *else* cares about it, too:

In January (2021) alone, UFC fighters absorbed a combined 2,179 'significant strikes' to the head. This represented just *three* UFC events for the year.

3 events. 35 fights. 70 athletes.

If you hit someone once every 12 seconds, it would take over 7 hours to reach this number.

Take a look at Brandan Schaub or Tito Ortiz. Some of these guys have so much brain damage that they struggle to form sentences.

Meanwhile, the UFC:

Has official rules requiring judges to prioritize striking.

Gives a \$50,000 'Performance of the Night' bonus to people who score amazing 'finishes' (knockouts, submissions).

Tells fighters "don't let it go to the judges," which means that they should try to score a knockout or submission, instead.

Doesn't insure their fighters.

Tells fighters "this isn't a career, it's an opportunity."

I love the UFC and I don't think it should be shut down or anything crazy like that, but the company has shown a continuous, dangerous disregard for the effects of cumulative brain damage. A push for long-term health care and insurance for fighters after they retire would be wonderful.

# #49

The amount of rodent and bug particles allowed by the FDA to be in your cereal is not zero.

# #50

Brazil is the country that kills the most trans women per year.

Brazil is also the country where the porn category with the most viewers is the one with trans women.

# #51

18% of all boating accidents are caused by people trying to pee over the side.

The Canadian Red Cross did a study of all water related **deaths** between 1991 and 2008. Table 8 on page 39 states that between '91 - 08, 62 people lost their lives from urinating from their water craft. That only makes 3% of total deaths due to urination.

I couldn't find an online source about how many accidents (not resulting in death) were attributed to urinating over the side of the boat, but my boating instructor gave me the number 18%, and I've always trusted that number.

The fact that they keep a record of deaths due to urination, and that yachting insurance companies warn about the dangers of urinating over the side of the boat makes me think that accidents not resulting in death is much higher than 3%.

# #52

In 1967 The Monkees outsold the Beatles and Elvis combined

# #53

The average human farts 5 to 15 times per day.

# #54

Cigarette butts make up ~38% of all litter collected, and can take up to 10 years to decompose.

If you smoke, please just throw them in an ash tray. Or better yet, stop smoking.

Edit: phrasing

# #55

I did a calculation and confirmed that every person on Earth could fit inside Harris County, TX standing side by side with room to spare. Each person would have a square equaling 2'-6.5" by 2'-6.5". Harris County is 1778 sq. miles. Go ahead, do the math. Granted, you would have to tear down every home, skyscraper, tree, etc. This calculation assumes that the entire county would be one big, flat parking lot with a LOT of bathrooms around the perimeter....

# #56

Used to work as a meteorologist. More people die from flooding each year than from every other natural disaster added together. A good portion, at least, are people who think their cars can make it through the water when they obviously cannot.

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