The Big One

Tiny numbers, big impacts.
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One state—Texas—carried out almost half of all prisoner executions (11 out of 23) in the first eight months of this year.

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One country—the United States—consumes nearly 25 percent of all the world's newsprint.

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One hour of flight on Air Force One, the presidential plane, costs taxpayers $180,000, equivalent to the combined average hourly wages of 4,493 federal workers.

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One champion racehorse—Northern Dancer—sired 646 foals, 411 of which went on to win races.

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One company—Netflix—accounts for 32 percent of all Internet traffic into American homes.

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