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Most Americans Couldn’t Afford An Emergency $500 Expense

Injured Piggy Bank WIth Crutches

Americans have a saving problem when it comes to money, and it’s putting them at risk for financial disaster. Image Source: Flickr

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 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.

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Graph Of The Day: The Appalling Facts Behind Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery

Image Source: Wikipedia

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.

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Mind-Blowing Infographic Reveals Star Wars Is Worth More Than Entire Countries

Star Wars Revenue Infographic

Star Wars revenue source: Statistic Brain Research Institute; GDP sources: The World Bank, the C.I.A.; Graphic design by Callie Stewart for All That Is Interesting

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.

For more from the galaxy far, far away, check out these rare, behind-the-scenes Star Wars photos and these thrilling Star Wars Lego scenes.

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