Mike leaves frequent reminders about doing "numbers posts" and I have been meaning to do one for a long time but hadn't come across anything interesting until this morning. Here's a simple website with "real time" world statistics.
Worldometers has a page of simple to read statistics for the worlds population, government and economics, society and media, environment, food, water, energy and health.
The figures are "real time" based on an algorithm that processes the data (available from supposedly "prestigious" sources) and extrapolates the current number based on the time of YOUR computer clock.
In the time that it took me to type the title of this post and the three short paragraphs above, the number of blog posts has already risen to 414,651. Probably more since it took me awhile to type the previous sentence and type that number. That would mean that there were 7356 other people blogging at the same time as me.
Each of the numbers alone don't mean anything because there are no stories to go with this website. However, when you look at just how large some of these numbers are and spend a moment to think of, for example, the 1.3 Billion people in the world with no access to safe drinking water, you find yourself spending a lot more time on this website.
OK, lets have one final check for the number of blog posts as of NOW - 428,475.