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By the numbers: Beer, deer, and fear

$2 trillion

What “complying with federal regulations costs Americans,” according to the National Association of Manufacturers. That’s “roughly equivalent to 12 percent of total GDP that could be invested back into our nation’s businesses,” NAM says, although that presumes the elimination of all regulations, including those governing clean water and air.


Americans between the ages of 12 and 17 years old who “reported they consumed alcohol in the past month,” according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. That’s more than the population of New Hampshire, but there’s good news: “Past-month alcohol consumption among 12- to 17-year-olds declined 34 percent proportionally from 2003 to 2013 and 10 percent from 2012 to 2013.”


The average auto insurance claim this year for “car colliding with a deer,” according to research by State Farm. That’s up from $3,414 last year. By the way, October through the end of the year is when “a driver is most likely to collide with a deer in the United States, mostly due to mating and hunting seasons.”



What every $100 in fraud will cost retailers this year, according to the sixth annual True Cost of Fraud Study. That’s up from $279 last year. This number includes bounced checks, stolen merchandise, fraudulent refunds, and “unauthorized transactions.”

72 percent

New products that flop each year worldwide, according to something called the Global Pricing Study. “This problem is self-inflicted, but curable: Pricing and marketing need to be the top priority of the innovation process,” the study says, apparently not taking into account if the product sucks.

30 percent

Adults who plan to dress up for Halloween as “vampires or witches,” according to, which also reported that 43 percent of men “go for scary costumes” while 42 percent of women “choose costumes that make them look attractive.”

15 percent

How much “plants in office spaces increase employee productivity,” according to a self-serving study by Ambius, “the world’s largest interior landscaping company.” But if that’s true, what about a follow-up study on how productive we’d all be if we worked outdoors?

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