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A Third Of Americans Have Been Arrested

And not just arrested at some point, but by the age of 23. In fact, the figure could be significantly higher, since the range this particular report (in the medical journal Pediatrics) gave was 30.2 to 41.4%.

Bill Gates was arrested in 1977 for a traffic violation


The data comes from surveys of 7,000 youngins taken over 11 years; arrests for minor traffic violations were not counted. The almost 10% range of uncertainty is due to some subjects having left the study. In any case, the US leads the world in many things, including the percentage of people in jail.


From Pediatrics, via NPR

The 10 Biggest Failures Of 2011

FAIL Blog conducted a poll of the “failiest” people of the year, from most to least:

  1. US Congress: in the wake of the credit downgrade, Congress received its lowest approval rating ever: 14%. Not even their compromise super-committee team could agree on a way to get us out of debt. Just the yesterday, an 11th hour deal was reached to avoid a government shutdown — for two months. In other words, we are being governed by the Korean pensinsula.
  2. Westboro Baptist Church: the people whose love overfloweth so much, that they protest funerals. When Steve Jobs died, they announced — from an iPhone — that they would picket his funeral.
  3. Kim Kardashian: faked the most lavish non-royal wedding of the year in order to get a few more millions.

    George Takei on Kim Kardashian's divorce
  4. Rebecca Black: the 13-year old who became an Internet pariah after her rich parents let her make quite possibly the worst song and music video of all time.
  5. Charlie Sheen: had the most epic public breakdown since Howard Hughes.
  6. Muammar Gaddafi: after 40 years of rule, the Condoleeza Rice-loving dictator who was protected by Charlie’s Angels, caught a bullet  that ended the 6-month long Libyan revolution. Borat is making a movie parody of him called The Dictator:

  7. Casey Anthony: probably killed her own daughter, but at the very least she tried to cover up her negligence. And then got away with it all, thanks to reasonable doubt.
  8. Jerry Sandusky: the former college football coach that set up a charity to use as a harvest field for boys to molest. Got Joe Pa fired. Faces 52 counts of sexual abuse amortized over 10 boys.
  9. Lindsay Lohan thinking she still looks healthy in March

  10. Lindsay Lohan: the formerly cute starlet whose train wreck of a life is second only to Charlie Sheen’s: in January, she got released from court-ordered rehab after 3 months, stole a necklace in February for no reason, then got put under house arrest for 35 days in May, for violating her probation — this, instead of 120 days in jail, due to overcrowding. In October, she again violated her probation by not doing her community service, so she got 30 more days in jail (of which served 5 hours, due to overcrowding) and has to do 400 hours of community service at the county morgue. In the middle of all of this, she decided to do a nude photo shoot for Playboy, since she’s probably running out of money.
  11. Anthony Weiner: the married Congressman who accidentally publicly twitted a pic of his weiner instead of privately sending it to a college student he was sexting with. At first he refused to resign, but eventually did anyway.

From FAIL Blog

Fertility In Women Declines Rapidly After 30

A survey of a thousand mostly urban professional women (around 30 years old, mostly white, college-educated with a full-time job and medical insurance, and had no kids, nor were actively trying) found a few gaps in knowledge of fertility, so the paper points out some things everyone should know:

  • Fertility declines after 30, and is very low after 40: only 10% of women under 30 are infertile, but that number jumps to 25% for women aged 35-44. In fact, because of the big impact age has, a woman over 35 is considered infertile if she hasn’t conceived after 6 months of trying; for those under 30, doctors wait 12 months to make that call. In over 70% of couples that have fertility problems, the woman is over 40.
  • Other potential risk factors include smoking, drinking too much alcohol, having a poor diet, exercising too much (apparently, yes, you can do that) and having a “social disease
  • The pill is not a risk factor for fertility: there’s no link between any hormonal contraceptive and infertility
  • It general, it’s harder to get pregnant than most people think: about 5 months for a 20-year old, 6 months for a 30-year old and 7-12 months for a 40-year old. At the end of a month of trying (that is, attempting to fertilize one egg), the chances of pregnancy during that month will have been less than 30% for women under 30, and less than 10% for the 40 year old.
  • In any given couple with fertility issues, the chances that the problem is the man, the woman, or both are split equally between the three.
  • Besides in-vitro fertilization, there are two other main methods of dealing with infertility: hormonal injections and pills.
  • The chance of getting pregnant via in-vitro fertilization is only 20-29%.
  • The age of the egg used for in-vitro matters a lot: a 35-year old woman doing the procedure has the best chance by using a 20-year old’s egg

Things those surveyed knew:

  • Menopause tends to happen between the ages of 50 and 54
  • Fertility declines 10+ years before menopause
  • Age, heredity, stress, and being over- or underweight are risk factors for fertility
  • About 10-29% of all couples are infertile

Other findings:

  • Women tend to want to have their first kid about 7 years after their mother had her first, and they tend to want 2 kids: one at 32 and another at 35.
  • 75% of the women weren’t worried about trying to conceive
  • 75% of the women were on the pill; 86% were using some kind of family planning
  • 1% of babies born in the US were conceived in-vitro

NPR has a story on the subject which points out that a lot of women wait to have a baby after 35, only to find out that the odds are very much against them. Unfortunately, it’s a tough issue to educate people on, because it’s so touchy. An ad campaign back in 2001 with a baby bottle shaped like an hourglass drew a lot of criticism from women’s rights groups.


This blurry picture is all that remains on the Internet of the controversial 2001 baby hourglass ad campaign


It’s worth mentioning that the survey was done by EMD Serono, which is the US arm of Merck KGaA, which is a German pharmaceutical. Given that the target of the survey was women around 30 who had no kids, they were probably just trying to figure out how to sell more pills to rich white women: either pills to prevent birth (did you know they don’t affect fertility?) or pills to promote birth (did you know we sell fertility hormones?). Drugs: the cause of, and solution to, all our problems.

Surprisingly, the German Merck KGaA is not connected in any way to the American pharmaceutical Merck & Co: during World War I, the American assets of the German Merck were seized by the US government and set up as a completely separate company. The two companies were also in the news earlier this week, because American Merck wanted German Merck’s Facebook page; Facebook initially agreed and transferred the page over, but after German Merck complained, it decided to go the Solomon route and give the page to neither of them.

From EMD Serono, via NPR and IT World

Apple iPhone Might Have By Far The Highest Retention Rate

UBS did a small-ish worldwide phone survey (515 people), with mostly European and Asian smartphone owners, but a quarter of them also came from ‘the Americas’. What they found was that 45% of those surveyed owned iPhones, which is a lot higher than the 25% or so that we see in the US (in surveys with a proper sample size). The Android numbers were backwards too — about 14% owned phones from Android manufacturers, whereas in Nielsen surveys in America, it’s more like 36%. So take the rest of this survey’s results with a sizable grain of salt.

They’ve found that Apple has an 89% “implied retention rate” (dropped from 95% last year), and the next manufacturer is HTC (Android) with 39%, followed by RIM (Blackberry) with 33%, Samsung (Android) with 28% and Motorola with 25%. Nokia’s on there too, but really, who cares? No word on how UBS came up with the “implied retention rate”, but they have figures for how many people are planning to switch to and from a manufacturer. A lot more people planned to switch to Apple than from it, and a few more planned to switch to HTC and Samsung than planned to leave them. Everyone was planning to chuck their Blackberries and Nokias into the river though and get an iPhone, or HTC or Samsung Android.

Most Android users were planning on staying with Android, but about a third were going to move to Apple. HTC was the most popular Android handset (39%), followed by Samsung (27%) and Motorola (16%).

From GigaOm

20% Of Americans Believe They Will Be Millionaires

And not just whenever, but in the next decade. That’s about 4 times as much as the actual 5% who are millionaires, and more than twice as much as the number of British people that think they’ll be millionaires. It’s actually not that difficult to be a millionaire: a 25 year-old saving 450$/mo would have a cool million by the age of 70. But of course, by then a million will be worth a lot less.

From CNBC, via Neatorama