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s** di &Statistical abstract: Americans
prefer to walk rather than run
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans spend more to
care for canines than cats, would rather walk than run
and are boning up on Japanese, according to the
massive statistical jigsaw puzzle that annually takes a
look at the nation.
The colossal compendium of numerical nuggets
known as the "Statistical Abstract of the United States"
goes on sale today.
Browsing through that mass of material can be
overwhelming, yet the details can provide delightful
Owning a dog, for example, requires 2.4 visits to the
veterinarian annually a cost of $82.86. Caring for a cat,
on the other hand, leads to 1.6 vet visits costing $54.26.
The numbers come from the American Veterinary
Medical Association, one of a vast array of sources in-
cluded in the abstract, which contains the most recent
Take the National Sporting Goods Association, for
example, which surveys people to learn what sports
they participate in.
That group found that the most popular exercise was
walking, involving more than 71 million people. Next
most popular is swimming with 67 million. Proving that
people would rather walk than run, joggers and runners
total only about 24 million.
The abstract focuses only on Americans and makes
no comparisons with people of other nations.
But it does show that Americans are making a
greater attempt to speak foreign languages.
For example, the number of U.S. college students
learning Japanese jumped from 11,500 in 1980 to
45,700 in 1990, the abstract says. At the same time,
those studying Russian rocketed from 24 million to 44.4
French has ceased to be the most popular language
to study though, with Spanish having the largest number
of students, 533,600.
The abstract also reports that fifty-nine percent of all
households get cable television, 72 percent own a VCR.
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lays, after they have determined the
value of the damaged journals and
Fans and dehumidifiers were set
up to dry some of the less-damaged
books and journals. However, a sig-
nificant number are damaged beyond
"Mold is insidious with paper and
glue," Pirmich said. "We'll probably
discard the seriously soaked ones
because we don't want to invite
mold," she added.
The chemistry journals - which
cost an average of $500-$600 per
year - were the most expensive
publications damaged, Pirmich said.
In February, the first of the three
recent floods, caused by a burst pipe,
flooded the chemistry library and
also caused the premature closing of
the computer lab on the third floor.
A chemistry experiment gone
awry last spring on the fourth floor
caused the second flood, when water
from an overflowed sink seeped
through the ceiling into the library.
The floods cost thousands of dol-
lars to repair equipment and replace
books, Pirmich said.
The library's closing will affect
graduate chemistry students, its most
frequent users, she said.
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