- You are much more likely to get struck by lightning than win the lottery
- In 2009, almost 20% of all books sold in the United States were written by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, really.
- The average person has one ovary and one testicle. (Think about it.)
. . . while other statistics sound completely plausible yet are complete twaddle:
- Men think about sex every 7 seconds
- Humans use only 10% of their brains
- The average person swallows 8 spiders while they sleep during their lifetime
And then there are some statistics which look so ridiculous, so preposterously unlikely, that it is simply beyond the realm of possibility for them to be remotely plausible:
- This blog has been viewed 3 million times.
Despite my gaffe a few months ago about being near 3 million hits (my aging eyes somehow erroneously saw "2,960,000" instead of "2,690,000"), as of today SftTB has officially hit 3 million pageviews. Somehow over the past 4 years, there have been 3,000,000 distinct occasions that someone on this planet has thought, "Hm, I wonder what DocBastard has to say." THREE MILLION TIMES. I don't know how many of those people actually stayed to read my silly stories, but I can tell you what sites referred them here:
- 76% have come from Google.com
- 5% from Google.ca
- 3% each from Google.com.uk and Google.com.au
- 2% from sprocket-trials.blogpost.com
I can also tell you where they live:
- 66% USA
- 10% Canada
- 6% each UK and Australia
- 1% each France and Germany
- <1% Singapore, New Zealand, Netherlands, and Ukraine
Some other statistics:
- Most popular post (surprisingly): "That sinking feeling"
- Most commented-upon post (not surprisingly): "Jahi McMath update . . . sort of"
- Top three browsers: Safari (62%), Chrome (18%), Firefox (8%)
- Top three operating systems: iPhone (41%), Windows (20%), Android (17%)
So whoever you are, wherever you live, and however you got here, I sincerely appreciate the company. The internet can be a pretty lonely place, and you people are the only reasons I continue to write. Please keep coming back and commenting, and please do encourage others to join us. And as with my other milestone posts, I humbly (and hypocritically) request that you leave a comment with your (approximate) location and how you found me.
See you at 4 million.