NPR Fun Facts


One of the great joys of listening to NPR is not knowing where the next story will take me. Will it be the Steppes of Mongolia? A prison in Alabama? The inside of the Federal Reserve?

Often embedded within these pieces are facts, figures, and fascinating trivia; but the smooth, dulcet tones of the reporter distract me, allowing the information to slip out the back. I will attempt to collect these morsels of hard data and post them here.

If you hear something, share something. But only the facts; not subjective thoughts, loose approximations, or unprovable claims.

Link: A 16-inch pizza is four times as big as an 8-inch pizza.

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Link: Only 32 million people in India pay taxes.

This despite a population of 1.2 billion. India’s population is projected to overtake China’s in 15 years, and the country has more poor citizens than the 26 poorest African countries combined.

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Link: Backers of NFL teams eat more, and fattier, food the day after a loss.

Backers of winning teams, by contrast, eat lighter food, and in moderation.

After a defeat, the researchers found that saturated fat consumption went up by 16 percent, while after a victory it decreased by 9 percent.
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