This and That

19% of U.S. adults said they bet money on sports in 2022. [PEW 3/18/23]

Children smile an average of 400 times a day.

That dwindles to only 20 times a day for an average adult.

Even particularly happy adults only smile around 40 times a day.

It seems we could all use a few more reasons to smile. [Upworthiest 3/12/23]

SVBank’s customers withdrew $42 billion from their accounts on a single day (Thursday 3/9). That’s $4.2 billion an hour or more than $1 million per second for ten hours straight. [ 3/11/23]

For the first time in the history of March Madness, no number 1 seed made it to the Elite Eight. [WW]

“A broken campaign promise to change the way Washington works is exactly the way Washington works.” [Mark Russell – WP 3/31/23]

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” [Abraham Lincoln]

For every dollar white, non-Hispanic men earned in 2021, women were paid the following:

Women overall – $0.84
Asian women – $0.92
Black women – $0.67
Native American women – $0.57
Latina/Hispanic women – $0.57 [Statista 3/8/23]

Why do we change the clocks twice a year? One of the oldest arguments for daylight saving time is that it can save energy costs. There have been many conflicting studies about whether it actually does. There is no consistent proof of that position.

In March 2022, the U.S. Senate suddenly and unanimously passed legislation to do away with the twice-yearly time changes making daylight savings time permanent. The bill did not make it out of the House. [A bill to make daylight saving permanent has re-emerged in Congress, NYT 32/2/23]