Every day, the media uses numbers to describe or analyze our world:
• “Americans Gulping More Bottled Water”—The annual per capita consumption of bottled water has increased from 18.8 gallons in 2001 to 28.3 gallons in 2006.
• “Summer Sports Are Among the Safest”—Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the most dangerous outdoor activity is snowboarding. The injury rate for snowboarding is higher than for all the summer pastimes combined.
• “Reducing Prices ...