October 2006

Global Markets Heavyweight

Large corporations are experiencing a boom phase all around the world. With profits often at, or very near, record levels, their total stock market value is also rising. We wonder: Which one of the following four companies is the only one that ranks among the world’s five most valuable companies (measured by stock market capitalization)?

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Abortion Worldwide

Each year, about 46 million abortions are performed worldwide. That number equals a rate of about 35 abortions for every 1,000 women of reproductive age. We wonder: Which of the following countries has the highest abortion rate?

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Oiling the United Nations

Oil companies are generating record profits. At the same time, given severe crises ranging from Afghanistan and Iraq to Sudan and Lebanon, the United Nations has come into more demand now than ever before. We wonder: How many years of current UN operations could be financed by the 2005 profits of the world’s top six oil companies?

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The 300 Million Mark in History

On October 17, 2006, the United States population surpassed the 300 million mark, less than 40 years after it topped 200 million. However, China — the world’s most populous country — reached this important milestone centuries ago. We look back in history and wonder: How long did it take China to add the latest 300 million people to its population?

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