Five random facts for Friday, published on Saturday this time:
The first United States Open Tennis Championships (U.S. Open) was played in 1881. From 1881-1974 the playing surface was grass; from 1975-1977 it was clay; since 1978 it has been hard-court. – Britannica
President Trump was born on June 14, 1946. Just about five months earlier, on January 10, the United Nations General Assembly met for the first time in London. And about six months after he was born, on December 12, the UN accepted six Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr., heir to the Standard Oil fortune and one of the largest real estate holders in New York who was known for his philanthropic work that was successfully done without breaking the law. On This Day
On August 28, 1830 the first American built locomotive, “Tom Thumb” raced a horse-drawn carriage from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills. Due to mechanical problems the horse won. – On This Day
Besides the Bible and Mao’s Little Red Book, the best selling book of all time is Don Quixote, followed by A Tale of Two Cities and then The Lord of the Rings. – WorldAtlas
The world’s longest road bridge is the 34-mile long Bang Na expressway in Thailand. It’s a six-lane elevated highway that only crosses a little water – the Bang Pakong River, and required 1,800,000 cubic meters of concrete to construct. – LiveScience
Of the ten least populated counties in the United States, four are in Nebraska and three are in Texas. The least populated county is Kalawao County, Hawaii with a population of 88 people. – World Atlas
In 2020, North Carolina had an inventory of 9,200,000 hogs and pigs, third most in the United states and just behind second place Minnesota’s 9,300,000. Iowa has the most with 24,600,000 Statista
The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council estimates that Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year, which works out to about 70 per person. – NHDSC
At 248 minutes Cleopatra (1963) is the longest wide release Hollywood movie ever made. – World of Reel
The heaviest current production car is the Rolls Royce Phantom – 6,052 pounds. The slowest, in the United States, is the Nissan Versa Note which can get from 0 to 60 MPH in a leisurely 10.3 seconds. – Autowise
For the day job, I get to see lots of reports and data, particularly as it relates to housing. It was one of those reports that had a link to the US Census Household Pulse Survey pageand let me tell you that you’ll find some sobering statistics there about the impact of COVID-19. The survey has been conducted weekly since March 13, 2020, and below are select numbers from week 12, the most recent week available:
Employment Income – Percentage of households that had experienced a loss of employment income:
United States: 51.1%
North Carolina: 45.7%
Expected Loss in Employment Income – Percentage of adults who expect someone in their household to have a loss in employment income in the next 4 weeks:
United States: 35.2%
North Carolina: 29.0%
Food Scarcity- Percentage of adults in households where there was either sometimes or often not enough to eat in the last 7 days:
United States: 12.1%
North Carolina: 11.8%
Delayed Medical Care– Percentage of adults who delayed getting medical care because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the last 4 weeks.
United States: 40.1%
North Carolina: 33.9%
Housing Insecurity– Percentage of adults who missed last month’s rent or mortgage payment, or who have slight or no confidence that their household can pay next month’s rent or mortgage on time.
United States: 26.5%
North Carolina: 23.0%
K-12 Educational Changes – Percentage of adults in households with children in public or private school, where classes were taught in a distance learning format, or changed in some other way.
United States: 99.4%
North Carolina: 99.7%
Five random facts for Friday on Saturday this week:
Zythology. The study of beer, from the Ancient Greek zûthos. (Hat tip to my Mom for sharing that one). – Wiktionary
More than 6 million people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as food stamps, in the first three months of the pandemic, from February to May. It was the fastest-ever expansion of the program. The Week
A 1-year-old dog is the equivalent of a 31-year-old human, a 5-year-old is like a 57-year-old, and a 10-year-old like a 68-year-old. – The Week
The total number of hours of video watched on YouTube each month – 3.25 billion. – MerchDope
Nationwide, in December 2017, the golf courses and country clubs industry employed 307,000 in 11,100 establishments. – Bureau of Labor Statistics
As many as 1 billion wild animals are killed by vehicles each year, about 200 million creatures’ lives would be spared annually. – Washington Post
Compared with teetotalers, those with “moderate” drinking habits – classified as up to eight drinks a week for women and fewer than 15 for men – had higher cognition scores in all three areas. They also had significantly lower rates of mental decline. The Week
63% of small business owners say less than 75% of their revenue before the pandemic started has returned. – Axios
Some rats that miss feasting on the scraps are becoming increasingly brazen to find new food sources. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been increased reports of rat cannibalism and infanticide in New York, as well as more rat complaints in residential areas — including in Chicago — as humans produce more food waste at home. – Washington Post
Annual healthcare spending in the US (2018) is $8,949 per capita; military spending is $1,985 per capita- Visual Capitalist
Catawba County (NC) recently published a case study to show how one family gathering of over two dozen people ended up with 14 family members infected with COVID-19 who then spread the infection to 41 people in 9 different families and 8 different workplaces.
Situations like this have become painfully common in Catawba County. I share this example because I hope it can help our community see how easily COVID-19 is actively spreading. More importantly, I hope it will convince us all to be even more willing to do the small things we’re being asked to do to protect ourselves and others: wear a mask in public, maintain physical distance, and wash hands frequently.
It’s not hard to prevent the spread COVID-19. What’s hard is having to call 20, 30, 40 people a day and tell them that not only are they sick with an untreatable illness, but they are also required to isolate themselves from others, including their loved ones, and stay home from work for two weeks or until they recover. This is especially difficult when they do not have the support systems that many of us take for granted, such as paid sick leave, the ability to isolate in their own home, or available caretakers for their children. It’s even harder when they are experiencing severe illness as a result of their exposure – exposure that could have been prevented.
Coresight Research, which tracks retail store openings and closings, projects that a record 25,000 stores will close in 2020 — up from its pre-pandemic estimate of 8,000. The prior record was last year, when 9,800 stores closed. – Axios
Adolphus Busch, Arthur Ashe and Nikola Tesla were born on July 10. More importantly, so was my mom. Cleveland.com
There are 50.8 million students in 91,276 public schools in 13,598 school districts in the US. Not many of them know right now what their school experience will look like in roughly six weeks. – Education Week
The heaviest freshwater fish caught in North Carolina was an 88 pound smallmouth buffalo. It was caught in Lake Wylie in 1993. – NC Wildlife Resources Commission
In 2010 the US resident population was 308,745,538 (87.4 people per square mile), in 1910 it was 92,228,496 (26 per square mile) and in 1810 it was 7,239,881 (4.3 per square mile). – US Census
Digging a little more into the PPP numbers from the SBA (see yesterday’s post) it’s interesting to look at the number of small loans (under $150,000) versus the number of larger loans (over $150,000) and the number of jobs they have retained according to the report.
According to the data there were 9,670 loans combined in the three cities and of those 8,131, or 84% were under $150,000.
The data also shows that there were 115,448 jobs retained and of those 38,735, or 34% came from the small loans.
After the SBA released the PPP data to the public I decided to take a look at the numbers for the three larger cities in the Piedmont Triad: Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. Since the SBA divided it’s data into two separate sets, loans over $150,000 and those less than $150,000 I combined them all in one spreadsheet and then sorted by city and the size of the loan. Here’s what I found:
Between the three cities there were 9,670 businesses that were approved for PPP loans. Here’s how it broke down between the three cities:
The data is also broken down by loan amounts and this is how the loan sizes broke down:
This chart reflects the distribution of all 9,670 loans across all three cities, but I found it interesting that this distribution was almost exactly the same across all three cities.
If you want to dig into the data yourself you can download the files here.