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Global Meat Consumption: Boom or Bust?

As living standards rise throughout much of the developing world, the consumption of meat is certain to rise significantly. But in a world of drought and high livestock feed prices, we wonder: How did meat consumption worldwide change in 2011? Did it:

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Peaceful Europe?

The European Union has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. And indeed, Europe today seems like an island of peace and tranquility. Yet, such appearances can be deceiving — and fleeting. We wonder: Since 1600, what is the longest time that there has been peace between the major powers on the European continent?

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A Billion Here, a Billion There

There used to be a time when you had to say “Billions, with a B” because the number seemed so unimaginably huge. The world has changed considerably in recent decades — and the “billion” word is now routinely applied to business, wealth, populations and politics. We wonder: Which of the following items fit in the “about a billion” category?

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America’s 1% Vs. the Globe’s 1.3 Billion

According to the World Bank, there are approximately 1.3 billion people who live on $1.25 dollars (or less) per day, measured on a purchasing power basis. That amounts to, at most, about $460 per year. We wonder: If you added all of these people’s incomes, the sum would be equal to the total income of what percentage of richest Americans?

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Global Travel Champion

For the first time ever, world travelers spent more than $1 trillion on international tourism activities last year. With the summer travel season coming to an end in the Northern part of the globe (and still a few months away in the Southern hemisphere), we wonder: Which nation spends the most on tourism beyond its own borders?

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The Global Toll of Diabetes

The cost of treating diabetes — one of the world’s most prevalent but preventable diseases — is placing enormous stress on the already-strained healthcare budgets of the world’s developed countries. We wonder: Which major country has the highest prevalence of Type II (adult-onset) diabetes among its population?

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Where Do Poor Americans Rank Globally?

According to recent Census Bureau numbers, some 15% of Americans live below the poverty line, the highest percentage in 18 years. But how does U.S. poverty compare in a global context? We wonder: Those 15% of Americans whose income is just low enough to be classified as poor, according to U.S. standards, are still better-off than…

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Cars Vs. Humans

For the developing world's growing middle class, car ownership is perhaps the ultimate status symbol. We wonder: If the entire world had the same rate of car ownership as the United States, how many vehicles would be on the world's roads?

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