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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

SOME INTERESTING FACTS

From the 23January2012 issue of TIME magazine:

  -  Sure, it finally began to snow in the Pacific Northwest and Atlantic Northeast, but since 1980, the annual average temperature has virtually increased every succeeding year.  Global warming?

  -  The 2013 Ford Fusion is expected to get a fuel efficiency of 100 miles per gallon.

  -  Presidential candidate Ron Paul was a gynecologist.

 -  Warren Buffett said he'd like to see private schools banned so that rich families would be forced to invest in the public K-12 system.  If you had bought ten shares of his Berkshire Hathaway stock in 1965 for $19/share, or $290, you would be a millionaire ($1,169,140).  In 2006 he pledged 99% of his personal wealth (he is #3 in the world at $45 billion) to charity.

  -  The top ten tennis players in the world are:


1 Djokovic, Novak (SRB)13,630019
2 Nadal, Rafael (ESP)9,595020
3 Federer, Roger (SUI)8,010019
4 Murray, Andy (GBR)7,380020
5 Ferrer, David (ESP)4,925023
6 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried (FRA)4,335025
7 Berdych, Tomas (CZE)3,700023
8 Fish, Mardy (USA)2,965023
9 Tipsarevic, Janko (SRB)2,655028
10 Almagro, Nicolas (ESP)2,380028
11 Del Potro, Juan Martin (ARG)2,315022
12 Soderling, Robin (SWE)2,120121
13 Dolgopolov, Alexandr (UKR)2,030129
14 Simon, Gilles (FRA)2,005-227
15 Monfils, Gael (FRA)1,970024


The only American is Mardi Fish at #8.  Mardi Fish?  Novak Djokovic (photo above)?  We're doing better in golf:


Rank
PlayerPt.s
Avg.
Tot.
Pts.
# of
Evts.
Pts.
Lost
Pts.
Gained
 1  Luke Donald,  Eng  10.05  522.72  52  -17.22  0.00 
 2  Lee Westwood,  Eng  7.78  349.91  45  -12.91  0.00 
 3  Rory McIlroy,  Nir  7.53  376.44  50  -12.15  0.00 
 4  Martin Kaymer,  Deu  6.32  322.07  51  -12.00  0.00 
 5  Steve Stricker,  USA  5.92  248.57  42  -9.32  39.41 
 6  Webb Simpson,  USA  5.37  279.10  52  -6.62  14.71 
 7  Adam Scott,  Aus  5.33  250.35  47  -7.97  0.00 
 8  Dustin Johnson,  USA  5.17  258.26  50  -10.65  0.00 
 9  Charl Schwartzel,  Zaf  5.08  263.91  52  -9.27  0.00 
 10  Jason Day,  Aus  4.91  235.64  48  -7.77  0.00 


Donald Luke (photo above) of England is #1, and the top four are from Europe.  The highest rated American is Steve Stricker at #5.  Phil Mickelson is #15 and Tiger Woods is #25.

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The Dow Jones Industrials climbed 690 to 12,482, with world markets mostly also up.  Gold increased $5/toz to $1654, with the WTI oil at $101/barrel and Brent Spot at $111/barrel.

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