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By the numbers: this week’s peculiar percentages

It’s Friday, so let’s sum up the week with some weird numbers. These are courtesy of our nation’s pollsters, researchers, and social scientists, who are just as fond of unusual statistics as we are…

97 percent…

of Americans eat potatoes. The Idaho Potato Commission (yes, it’s real) surveyed more than 1,000 Americans and declares, “When asked which vegetable you crave most, potatoes were the clear winner. Nearly one quarter (24 percent) of the Americans chose spuds, followed by leafy greens such as lettuce, kale or spinach (20 percent), broccoli (14 percent), tomatoes (13 percent), or corn (11 percent).

84 percent…

of heterosexual women are attracted to geeky men. Crucial.com, a semiconductor company, polled more than 2,000 adults for its Geek Chic survey and found, “84 percent of women who prefer to be involved with men prefer their male love interest to be ‘super handy’ with computers and gadgets over one that spends lots of time at the gym (15 percent).”

In fact, geeks guys are so hot right now, “66 percent of women think that men have claimed to know more about technology than they actually do in order to impress a woman.”

71 percent…

of Americans sleep with their pets. A survey by mattress company Novosbed also revealed 43 percent slept with their pets every night, while “23 percent sometimes [do], and 5 percent when their significant other was out of town.”

43 percent…

of Americans don’t want their food touching other food on their plates. The survey was conducted by KFC, which has a vested interest — its much-maligned but insanely popular KFC Bowls pile an entire meal into one mound. Kevin Hochman, KFC’s chief marketing officer, summed it up this way: “57 percent are OK with having at least some of their foods touch. To those folks we say, ‘Thanks.'”

34 percent…

is the increase of U.S. visitors to Iceland from January 2013 to January 2014. Why would more Americans go to Iceland when the past year has been one of the coldest on record? Iceland’s tourism bureau says it might help that Game of Thrones is filmed there.

21 percent…

of Americans “admit to being not at all familiar” with the crisis in Syria. A survey by Christian charity World Vision adds, “When it comes to why money may be hard to raise for humanitarian aid in response to the conflict in Syria, more than half of Americans (53 percent) think it’s because money should go towards addressing problems in the U.S.”

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