The average American consumes 530 calories more per day now than he or she did in 1970. Time Magazine article about Nutrition.
Thomas Friedman on the void in Arab intellectualism:
There are just 18 computers per 1,000 people in the Arab region today, compared with the global average of 78.3 per 1,000, and only 1.6 percent of the Arab population has Internet access. In 1995-96 alone, 25 percent of all graduates from Arab universities with B.A. degrees emigrated, while 15,000 medical doctors left the Arab world from 1998 to 2000.