We’re kind of having a random week around here, so here are three context-free, interesting facts I recently learned:
- The number of golfers in the United States has been in decline since 2005. That year, there were 30 million of them. In 2009, there were 27.1 million. As you might expect, the recession is mostly to blame. I hope this trend continues, as golf courses are a scourge on the environment.
- To my surprise, fewer young people are getting their driver’s license than in previous generations. This Ad Age article includes a handy chart that illustrates the decline. They’re also driving less when they do get their license. From the Ad Age piece: “the share of automobile miles driven by people aged 21 to 30 in the U.S. fell to 13.7% in 2009 from 18.3% in 2001 and 20.8% in 1995”. Lots of reasons are cited without much authority: obtaining a license has become more complex, concern for the environment, the Internet (more young people are telecommuting and the like) and the economy are all possibilities.
- In the average day, according to the author of The Female Brain, girls say two to three times more words than boys. The same, as it happens, is true for rhesus monkeys.