If you unexpectedly received an emergency $500 bill that you had to pay–medical operation, home repair, etc.–would you be able to pay it? A recent Bankrate.com survey found that approximately 63 percent of Americans say that they wouldn’t, in fact, be able to deal with an unexpected expense in the $500-1,000 range. And some of us are feeling that pressure more acutely than others.
Google knows all. Last year, The Washington Post had the great idea to chart the amount of Google searches for the phrase “hangover cure” for each day of the year. And, sure…
This year’s presidential primary debates have felt more outrageous and less factual than ever before—in large part because of Donald Trump, who has been amassing a long list of offensive and false statements since June. But lying isn’t unique to the Republican Party; all parties do it, and political fact checkers have had their hands full keeping score.
On December 18, 1865, slavery officially ended in the United States. Secretary of State William Seward verified the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, stating “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
On December 2, 1949, the United Nations adopted a resolution seeking to eradicate contemporary forms of slavery, including human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child labor, forced marriage, and so on. That day then became known as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
These two historic events both give us the impression that slavery is a thing of the past, only to be found in history books. Sadly, it’s not.
When looking for a way to put total Star Wars revenue in perspective, we realized that comparing it to other films was pointless, and that we’d have to it compare to figures far larger…
A country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is the monetary value of all goods and services produced within its borders within a specified period of time. But, sparing all of us from the underlying economic theory, we can simply say that GDP has long been the primary measure of a country’s economic health and strength.
And while comparing the world’s GDPs to Star Wars revenue isn’t exactly apples-to-apples, it’s still staggering to note that the franchise’s $28 billion take dwarfs the GDPs of nearly 100 of the world’s countries. It’s also worth noting that, of that $28 billion, “only” a little over $4 billion comes from box office revenue. That $4 billion figure is itself dwarfed by the $5 billion-plus from home video sales and about $20 billion in licensing, which includes toys, books, apparel, and other consumer products.
Tomorrow, when the new film is released, that Star Wars revenue figure is only going to get bigger–much, much bigger.