It's all but official. The 113th Congress is the least productive federal legislature in American history, passing only 2% of all the bills that were introduced, an all-time low. How rare was it for legislation to pass Congress this year? So rare, that the following 15 rare things have happened with greater frequency than a bill getting through.
Thirty-three out of every 1,000 births produces twins, which is 3%. Indeed, as a twin myself, this means that my ridiculously improbable existence was still more likely than the 113th Congress getting anything done.
Sure, Gang Green has only won a single Super Bowl out of the 47 that have occurred, but that 2.12% rate still puts them a tick above Congress.
About 3% of pet owners get something for their pets on Valentine's Day. I suspect the "cry yourself to sleep on Valentine's Day" figures here are somewhat similar.
Michael Bay — the widely-maligned director of such ridiculously explosion-packed fare as Bad Boys, Pearl Harbor, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen — has had a grand total of one movie certified as "Fresh" on critic aggregate rottentomatoes (The Rock), thus upping his odds of critical approval to 10%.
Yep. At any given time, 7% of the world's population is drunk. I'd imagine the number probably goes up if you're talking about members of Congress.
This one is disturbingly common, in fact. More than half of all people will have an STD/STI at some point in their lifetime.
Right around Halloween, 26% of parents admit that they wait for their children to go to sleep or school before sneaking some of their trick-or-treat loot.
Really? People actually make shopping decisions on Facebook? In fact, 20% do.
Disturbing though true, car airbags actually kill one person for every 22 people they save, or just over 4%.
Six percent of all gift cards are never redeemed. Including some that I happen to know for a fact I gave to certain friends who think I never found out. You know who you are, and more importantly, I know.
Five percent of people who sustain gunshot wounds to the head live to tell the tale.
Seventeen percent of men and women have admitted to committing infidelity with their brother-in-law or sister-in-law at some point.
More than one in four American adults have an arrest or conviction that will show up in a routine criminal background check. Maybe one of those 55 bills Congress passed should have tried to reform our ridiculously draconian criminal justice laws?
Seven percent of American households have reported some form of identity fraud.
From time to time, about 7% of people forget their own birthdays. Although I suspect "forget" may belong in quotes here.