It's always something

January 20, 1998|By Dallas Morning News

Every few seconds, somebody comes up with another "every seconds" statistic.

They may not be entirely accurate, of course. It's just a mathematical equation -- the total number of times something happens divided by the number of seconds in that time period. But the resulting statistic (every 25 seconds, an American suffers a heart attack) usually seems far more dramatic than the original (1.25 million Americans suffer heart attacks each year).

So tick off the seconds and see what's happening:

0.1 seconds -- Somebody buys a roll of Life Savers.

0.5 seconds -- Somebody buys a Barbie doll.

1 second -- The U.S. government spends about $53,300.

9 seconds -- An American is born.

13 seconds -- An American dies.

19 seconds -- A violent crime is committed in the United States.

23 seconds -- A car is stolen in the United States.

29 seconds -- A U.S. child starts to smoke cigarettes.

42 seconds -- An American attempts suicide.

60 seconds -- A house catches fire in the U.S.

Pub Date: 1/20/98

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