Male nurses earn more than female nurses, with female nurses making $0.91 US Dollars (USD) for every $1 USD that a male makes. This income gap between genders is smaller than the average across all occupations, which is $0.77 USD for a woman per $1 USD for a man. Although they earn higher incomes, men account for just 9% of the nursing workforce. The difference in income between the genders in the nursing field is thought to be partly because men might be more likely to work full-time. Men also tend to be more likely to be employed in higher-paid nursing occupations, such as nurse anesthetists, whose incomes typically are about four times as much as those of licensed practical nurses.
About 90% of nurses in the US are women, but men in the field earn more money.
Pregnancy might change the size of a woman’s foot permanently. A University of Iowa study examined 49 pregnant women and found that about 60% of them had their feet become wider and longer. It is thought that this might be the result of the hormone relaxin, which helps the pelvis become more flexible in preparation for birth. Relaxin might also affect other ligaments and joints, such as those in the foot. This flexibility, combined with the additional weight of pregnancy, might cause the arch of the foot to become flattened.
Pregnancy can make a woman’s feet permanently longer and wider.
Human brains have an immense memory capacity, so much so that it would be virtually impossible to fill one up in a human lifespan, even if a person remembered everything he or she had ever seen, done, or heard. Most brains have a memory capacity of about 2.5 petabytes, which is 2.6 million gigabytes. To put that in perspective, most Blu-Ray� discs hold about 50 gigabytes. This means that if the brain was a digital TV recorder, it would hold about 3 million hours of TV shows.
The brain’s memory storage capacity is about 2.5 petabytes (2.6 million gigabytes, or 3 million hours of TV shows).
Women’s employment can have a significant impact on a country’s economy. For instance, if as the number of US female workers rose to match that of their male counterparts, the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would correspondingly increase by 5%. Britain and China would experience similar effects, but the real increase in GDP would be for developing countries, especially those that have few women in the workforce. For example, if as many Egyptian women worked as men do, then Egypt’s GDP would increase by nearly 35%.
If as many women as men worked in the US, the country’s GDP would rise by 5%.
Smartphone technology has become a sizeable source for new patents, making up about 16% of active US patents. That’s about 1 in 6 of all active US patents, or about 250,000 patents out of 1.5 million. This is slightly more than 3.5 times the number of patents that were related to mobile phones in 2000.
Of the roughly 1.5 million active US patents, about 250,000 – 1 in 6 – are related to smartphones.
Researchers from the Geneva School of Business have developed a formula for increasing the chances of having a long-lasting and happy marriage by up to 20%. It’s based on a variety of factors that tend to impact most marriages: age, cultural background, and intelligence. Ideally, the husband should be five years older than the wife and they should share the same cultural background, but the wife should be around 27% smarter than the husband, though a range of being 13% to 35% smarter is acceptable, according to these researchers.
A wife should be 27% smarter than her spouse to have an ideal marriage, according to Geneva Business School researchers.
The act of sticking out one’s pinky finger while drinking is thought to date back to the medieval practice of using it for dipping into spices, such as mustard or salt, while eating. During this time period, eating utensils were not typically used. Rather, food was eaten with the hands, with the pinky fingers being extended out to remain clean so they could be dipped into spices and placed on the tongue. After the 16th century, utensils became commonplace, but the act of extending the pinky finger, particularly while drinking tea, has remained for some as an act of formality.
In medieval times, the pinky fingers were used for tasting spices, such as salt or mustard, during a meal.
Birds have been found to be resourceful and use whatever discarded materials are available when building their nests, including cigarette butts, aluminum foil, cellophane and plastic strips. Although birds tend to use twigs, leaves and mud to make their nests, some unusual bird nest-building materials have been found to be effective for constructing sturdy nests and repelling parasites. For example, scientists have found that cellulose acetate, an ingredient in cigarettes, drives away parasites. The chemicals in the cigarette butts, however, might be harmful to birds over the long term.
Some birds use discarded cigarette butts to repel parasites from their nests.
There have been 264 official popes of the Catholic Church, as of the time of Pope Francis, who was elected on 13 March 2013. This total includes Pope Benedict IX once, despite serving as pope three separate times, and it doesn’t count Stephen II who died before being consecrated. Twenty-one pontiffs (just under 8%) have taken the most common papal name of John. The next most popular papal names have been (in order of popularity): Benedict, Gregory, Clement, and Innocent. No pope has ever taken the name Peter as that would be interpreted as immodest since popes are seen as successors to the original pope, Saint Peter.
Though John is the most common name for a pope, others in the the top 10 include: Innocent, Boniface and Urban.
According to a report by the United Nations, about 70% of the Earth’s fresh water is used for agricultural irrigation. Of the water used in agriculture, only about half of it can be reused, because much of it evaporates or is lost during transit. Some of the crops that require the most water include soybeans, cotton, rice and sugarcane. Some experts are concerned about water waste and encourage the development of new technologies that could improve irrigation efficiency. They also recommend removing water subsidies, which would increase the cost of water and force users to be more conscious of irrigation management.
About 70% of all fresh water is used for agricultural irrigation.