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One of my pet peeves is people who forward emails that are obviously NOT true (if you bothered to read it carefully, or take a second to Google it.) I usually find a link stating what BS it is, hit reply-all, and tell everyone to think a minute before passing this on. Forwards that are untrue, not pertinent to anything I do or agree with, and not funny drive me nuts.

Tonight I discovered this email is mostly made up.
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 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 from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer

Check it out. http://www.snopes.com/science/stats/populate.htm

This disappointed me a bit, because last week at the ESL class where I teach keyboarding, one of the instructors handed the article to me. She’d highlighted the “70 % couldn’t read” part. According to Snopes.com, A 1998 UNICEF study put the world illiteracy rate at 16%, well short of the 70% claimed here. It’s good to know the illiteracy rate is much lower than 70%!

Snopes did the math, and actually 5 people would be from the US and would have 23% of the world’s wealth. 50% of American’s own a computer, so the last statement is false too. I am sure the stats from other developed countries are the same. There isn’t quite as much difference between people as these stats want us to believe.

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