Condensed from "In One Day"
Every Day *America
— One hundred and eight thousand of us move to a different home, and 18,000 move to another state. In the process, the national "center of population" creeps 72 feet to the southwest.
The U.S. government issues 50 more pages of regulations.
Forty Americans turn 100, about 5800 become 65, and 8000 try to forget their 40th birthdays.
One hundred and sixty-seven businesses go bankrupt, while 689 new ones start up—and 105 Americans become millionaires.
The Smithsonian adds 2500 things to its collections.
Americans purchase 45,000 new automobiles and trucks, and smash up 87,000.
Twenty thousand people write letters to the President.
More than 6300 people get divorced, while 13,000 get married.
Dogs bite 11,000 citizens, including 20 mail carriers.
We eat 75 acres of pizza., 53 million hot dogs, 167 million eggs, 3 million gallons of ice cream and 3000 tons of
candy. We also jog 17 million miles and burn 1.7 billion calories while we're at it
"IN ONE DAY: THE THINGS AMERICANS DO IN A DAY," COPYRIGHT 0 1984 BY TOM PARKER, IS PUBLISHED IN PAPER* BACK AT i7.B& BY HOUQHTON MIFFLIN CO., 2 PARK ST., BOSTON, MASS. 02108. ILLUSTRATION: CHRIS DEMAAE8T