STATISTIC of the DAY
Saturday, April 18
 
  Record for most text messages exhanged by two people in one month: 

217,000
From March 7 to April 6, 2009, Nick Andes, 29, and Doug Klinger, 30, of Pennsylvania exchanged 217,000 text messages.
Source: Los Angeles Times, 4/22/2009

 
   
PLAY THE GAME!
Department of Thoughtful Economic Analysis
 
 
HEALTH: Guns
  Percentage of Americans possessing hunting licenses in 2006: 

6%
This percentage, which was at 10% in 1985, has been on the decline for several years.
Source: “One Step Back” The Economist , 3/17/2006

 
   
SPORTS: Football (Fans)
  Dedicated football fans: 

• Giles Pellerin: Attended 797 consecutive U.S.C. football games from 1926-1998
Pellerin went to every game, whether home or away, for 71 years, traveling over 650,000 miles and more than 50 cities (including Tokyo), until he died, fittingly, while attending a game on November 21, 1998 against crosstown rival UCLA in Pasadena. Pellerin’s streak was almost broken in 1949 when he had to have an emergency appendectomy, but the streak remained intact after he sneaked out of the hospital to attend the game.
Source: Los Angeles Times, 11/23/1998