May 2008

The Really Rich Nations

Around the world, it is often assumed that Americans are, on average, the world's richest people. But is that really so? We wonder: Which of the following countries has the world's highest level of annual per capita income?

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Measuring World Leaders, Metrically

In the United States in particular, it is almost political dogma that, in order to succeed in politics — and especially to reach the Oval Office — a politician must be tall to project an aura of authority and confidence. We wonder: Which of the following major countries has the shortest leader?

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Growing by Leaps and Bounds

The world's population of 6.7 billion is still on the rise. In fact, by 2050, 36% more people are expected to live on earth than in 2008. We wonder: How much does the world population currently grow each year? It is equivalent to adding an entire country the size of…

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Mexican Oil — Gone Fishing

Oil has long been crucial to Mexico's economy. While it is less important today than in the past, oil still accounts for about 40% of government revenues. However, Cantarell, the world's third-largest oil field, is now facing an uncertain future. We wonder: Which of the following are true about Mexico's most important oil field?

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