1. Motorists spend an average of 17 hours a year searching for parking spots. Highest: 107 in New York City.
2. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture reported that, for only the second time in the past century, the number of farmers under age 35 is increasing. Sixty-nine percent of them had college degrees — a much higher rate than the general population.
3. The number of girls playing on boys’ high school football teams doubled in the past decade to more than 2,000, and leagues for females are expanding.
4. The World Economic Forum says all the plastic trash floating in the ocean will outweigh all the fish by 2050.
6. Since peaking more than a decade ago at 716,268, sales of new motorcycles have plummeted to 371,403.
7. Americans make up 4.4 percent of the world’s population — and own 42 percent of the guns.
8. Ninety-one percent of Trump’s nominees to federal courts are white, and 81 percent are male, according to an AP analysis.
10. In 1975 there were three metro areas with at least 10 million people: Tokyo, New York City and Mexico City. Now there are 31.
Thanks, Ben, for all the hard work. And to everyone else: Best for 2018.
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