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Trad climber
state of Awakening
Apr 28, 2012 - 10:07pm PT
more fun facts

how much do Americans throw away?

• Americans represent 5% of the world’s population, but generate 30% of the world’s

• In the U.S. industry moves, mines, extracts, shovels, burns, wastes, pumps and disposes
of 4 million pounds of material in order to provide one average middle-class American
family’s needs for one year.

• In sum, Americans waste or cause to be wasted nearly 1 million pounds of materials per
person every year. This figure includes 3.5 billion pounds of carpet landfilled, 3.3
trillion pounds of CO2 gas emitted into the atmosphere, 19 billion pounds of
polystyrene peanuts, 28 billion pounds of food discarded, 360 billion pounds of organic
and inorganic chemicals used for manufacturing, 710 billion pounds of hazardous waste
and 3.7 trillion pounds of construction debris.

• If wastewater is factored in, the total annual flow of waste in the American Industrial
system is 250 trillion pounds.

• Less than 2% of the total waste stream in the United States is recycled.

• For all the world to live as an American we would need two more Earths; three more if
the population should double and twelve Earth’s altogether if worldwide standards of
living doubled in the next forty years.

To put it another way…

• Americans throw away enough garbage everyday to fill 63,000 garbage trucks, which if
lined up end to end for an entire year would stretch half way to the moon.

• In a lifetime, the average American will personally throw away 600 times his or her
body weight, which for an average adult would leave a legacy of 90,000 pounds of
trash at the end of their lifetime.

• Of the garbage Americans throw out, half could be recycled, which is enough to fill a
football stadium from top to bottom everyday.

• Of these recyclables, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire
commercial air fleet every three months, enough steel to reconstruct Manhattan, and
enough wood to heat 5 million homes for 200 years.

• U.S. waste disposal costs exceed $100 billion annually.


Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Apr 28, 2012 - 10:08pm PT
This thread is rapidly losing its fun-factor.

Trad climber
state of Awakening
Apr 28, 2012 - 10:12pm PT
You are simply a statistic.... craving a mindless diversion

Credit: ~kief~

Apr 28, 2012 - 10:33pm PT
46, 59, 61, 78, 82, ??

The next one is 84. Can you determine the one after that?


Trad climber
state of Awakening
Apr 28, 2012 - 10:33pm PT
666...sorry,if you were hoping for kittens
Credit: ~kief~

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2012 - 10:48pm PT
According to the Association of American Railroads, a freight train uses only 1 gallon of diesel fuel to move a ton of freight 436 miles.

Yo kief,

Why don't you start the American gloom thread?

Or the great awakening thread?

Here's a pair of perky breasts to make you feel better!

( * )( * )

ME Climb

Behind the Orange Curtain
Apr 28, 2012 - 11:21pm PT
This one is for RLF

What does "taser" stand for?

Thomas A Swift Electric Raygun


Trad climber
state of Awakening
Apr 28, 2012 - 11:55pm PT
survival,Sorry i jacked ur thread,i know,i am full of gloom :^(
Kittens will help
Credit: ~kief~

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 28, 2012 - 11:56pm PT
BWA HA HA hahahaaaa!!!
Russ Walling

Gym climber
Poofter's Froth, Wyoming
Apr 28, 2012 - 11:57pm PT
Here is a fun fact: a Caucasian males penis is exactly 1/6th of the length of his arm minus the thickness of his left eyelid.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Apr 29, 2012 - 12:46am PT
Fires move how fast?

If you've traveled Hwy 41 into the South Entrance to Yosemite, you know where Oakhurst is and maybe Deadwood Mtn, at the south end of the valley where that town is located (junction of Hwy 49). Miami Mtn has a fire look-out tower, and is at the north end of the valley (historically known as Fresno Flats).

In July,1961, the Harlow Fire, "one of the fastest-moving fires in California history," burned from the Miami look-out to the base of Deadwood Mtn's north side in nine minutes. That is, more or less, about the equivalent distance from Pohono Bridge into Tenaya Canyon below Half Dome.

Then the fire got to the top of Deadwood in seventeen seconds.

It burned 42,000 acres in 2.5 days, made an 18,000 acre run in two hours.

If you have a good map you can plot a straight line from Miami to Deadwood. The fire did not deviate; it went point to point, just missing Oakhurst.

It wasn't fun. That's a fact.

No kittens were burned up, though.

And what happened to Papeete and Nova Scotia, eh?

Trad climber
state of Awakening
Apr 29, 2012 - 01:20am PT
ok,got one for ya survival

There were 112 deaths associated with the construction hoover dam. Included in that total was J. G. Tierney, a surveyor who drowned on December 20, 1922, while looking for an ideal spot for the dam. He is generally counted as the first man to die in the construction of Hoover Dam. His son, Patrick W. Tierney, was the last man to die working on the dam's construction,
13 years to the day later.

thats strange.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Apr 29, 2012 - 01:49am PT
The most famous quote from the Sherlock Holmes canon is

"Elementary, my dear Watson."

Yet the truth of the matter is that although Holmes uttered both "elementary" and "my dear Watson" on several occasions, not once did he do so together.

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Apr 29, 2012 - 02:03am PT

And Captain Kirk never said "Beam me up Scotty"

Social climber
Apr 29, 2012 - 02:08am PT
"In the Original Series episodes "The Gamesters of Triskelion" and "The Savage Curtain", Kirk said, "Scotty, beam us up"; in the animated episodes "The Lorelei Signal" and "The Infinite Vulcan", when he said, "Beam us up, Scotty"; in Star Trek IV, saying, "Scotty, beam me up"; and in Star Trek Generations, by saying, "Beam them out of there, Scotty". The phrase was used on a bumper sticker with the tag line "Beam me up Scotty. There's no intelligent life down here."

The complete phrase was eventually said by William Shatner in the audio adaptation of his novel Star Trek: The Ashes of Eden.

James Doohan, the actor who played Scotty, later chose this phrase as the title of his autobiography.[1]

Similar misquotations"Beam me up, Scotty" is similar to the phrase, "Just the facts, ma'am", attributed to Jack Webb's character of Joe Friday on Dragnet, "It's elementary, my dear Watson", attributed to Sherlock Holmes, "Luke, I am your father", attributed to Darth Vader, or "Play it again, Sam", attributed to Humphrey Bogart's character in Casablanca and "We don't need no stinkin' badges!" attributed to Gold Hat in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. All five lines are the best known quotations from these works for many viewers, but not one is an actual, direct quotation."...

mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Apr 29, 2012 - 02:55am PT
Who will bite on this subject?

There are how many species of poisonous snakes indigenous to North America?

Oddly, there are no "poisonous snakes" native to our continent.

However, there are "venomous snakes" aplenty. Four species, including a various number of sub-species.

What are the common names of these four venomous species? Match them to the following three scientific names.

1) Crotalus
2) Micrurus and Micruroides
3) Agkistrodon

Answers downhill from here. Watch your step!

1) Rattlesnake
2) Coral snake
3) Cottonmouth and Copperhead

Sport climber
Apr 29, 2012 - 03:03am PT
Lehman Bros.,0,6481155.story

Sport climber
Apr 29, 2012 - 03:20am PT
"As recently as 1999, a Gallup poll reported that forty-seven per cent of Americans believe that God created the human race within the last 10.000 years. Stephen Hawking notes in A Brief History of Time that a date of 10.000 years fits curiously well with the end of the last Ice Age, which is when archeologists tell us that civilization really began."

Sport climber
Apr 29, 2012 - 03:32am PT
"Modern map makers can make huge mistakes: in the early nineteenth century, with American-British relations under extreme stress, the United States erected two fortresses beyond Lake Erie, at the huge cost (for the time) of USD 113.000. In October 1818 after six years work, astronomers carrying out a boundary survey discovered that the border was three-quarters of a mile to the south - both forts had been erected in Canada".
mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Apr 29, 2012 - 03:48am PT
The National Conservation Good Turn of 1954

The Boy Scouts of America carried out around 135,000 different unit conservation projects, spent over 561,000 hours at them, and worked approximately 23,400 man-days.

Locally, in 1961-62, the "pack of howling fools" (as their sainted Scoutmaster, Willis Stribling called them) of Troop 98, supported by the Kiwanis and Stribling's Nurseries, collected over 2,000 two-pound empty coffee cans to plant seedling red-buds along Highway 140, mostly in the Merced River canyon. Look at how they have thrived. Jeff Mathis and myself were two of those howling fools. Yer welcome, travelers. They are in flower now but are fading fast in the heat.
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