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40

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The percentage of productivity loss (40%) experienced by those who are regularly interrupted by emails, electronic notifications, and other distractions. So wha...

4.5 Billion

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The half-life of Uranium-238 is 4.5 billion years but the half-life of Uranium-228 is one-fifth of a second. So what? This is a pleasant reminder that all the f...

50

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The percent of redundancy (50%) in the English language. Redundancy refers to “highly predictable phonetic elements, grammatical markers that all must agree w...

1976

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In this year (1976), the scientist, Richard Dawkins, proposed the term “meme” as a “cultural equivalent to the gene.” A meme is an idea, fad or fashion ...

1706

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The year (1706) Benjamin Franklin was born. His aphorisms, such as “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still,...

30

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The percent (30%) higher rate of return that stock traders earned when the number of people with whom they conferred for investment judgments was neither too sm...

10

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The number of productivity minutes (10) lost by Microsoft programmers who switched from a task to attend to incoming email. So what? People often underestimate ...

25

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The percent increase (25%) of favorable ratings on e-commerce sites after other positive comments about the business or product were posted. So what? This stati...

30

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The percent of employees (30%) who felt that “business analytics improved their organization’s ability to innovate.” So what? When encouraging innovation ...

5

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The number of senses (5) most humans possess (sight, smell, taste, feel, sound). So what? Most people overly rely on one or two senses. To fully comprehend some...