Sunday, May 27, 2012

New York, Obama, and college stats

Some New York City teenagers have begun playing a game they call “subway chicken,” in which they jump onto the tracks and stay there as long as possible as a train pulls into the station. The track-jumping teens depicted in a new YouTube video “should have their heads examined,” said transit officials, noting that 146 people were hit by subway trains last year, 47 fatally.

The big Democratic donors who helped fuel Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign aren’t as enthusiastic this year. Contributions from financial firms are down 68 percent; from lawyers and law firms, down 47 percent; and from the entertainment industry, down 49 percent. The campaign is relying more heavily on small donors, with 58 percent of total fund-raising coming in checks of less than $200.
The New York Times

About 54 percent of college graduates under the age of 25 were jobless or underemployed in low-paying, unskilled positions last year.
Associated Press

The largest porn site on the Web gets 4.4 billion page views per month, or about triple the traffic of CNN or ESPN. The average time spent on a porn site, according to Google’s DoubleClick, is between 15 and 20 minutes, compared with three to six for a nonporn site.

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