A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

February 22, 2010

About 2,500 athletes are participating in the Olympics in Vancouver. There are more than 86 medal events.
Source: Vancouver Organizing Committee

February 21, 2010

Eleven women and 247 men competed in the first Olympic Winter Games in 1924.
Source: Vancouver Organizing Committee

February 20, 2010

The United States’ Charles Jewtraw, a speed skater, won the first gold medal at the first Olympic Winter Games.
Source: Vancouver Organizing Committee

February 19, 2010

While the first Olympic Games were held in 1896 (in summer), it was 28 years later when the first Olympic Winter Games were held, in Chamonix, France.
Source: Vancouver Organizing Committee

February 18, 2010

The median age at first marriage in 2008 was 27.6 years for men and 25.9 years for women.
Source: Census Bureau

February 17, 2010

Six percent of married women in the U.S. had been married for at least 50 years, as of 2004.
Source: Census Bureau

FactCheck Mailbag, Week of Feb. 9-Feb. 15

This week, readers sent us comments on government health coverage, chain e-mails and idealism about the press. In the FactCheck Mailbag, we feature some of the e-mail we receive.
Readers can send comments to editor@factcheck.org. Letters may be edited for length.

February 16, 2010

Seventy percent of Americans aged 30 to 34 in 2008 were married or had been married in the past.
Source: Census Bureau

February 15, 2010

In 2008, 2.16 million marriages (nearly 6,000 a day) were performed in the U.S.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics/Census Bureau

February 14, 2010

Cut roses produced in the U.S. in 2008 had a wholesale value of $24 million (for all producers with at least $100,000 in sales).
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service