A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

January 14, 2010

Haiti is slightly smaller than the state of Maryland.
Source: CIA World Factbook

January 13, 2010

About 25 percent of adults aged 19 to 64 have ever received a pneumococcal vaccination, and 60 percent of adults aged 65 years and older have received the vaccine.
Source: CDC

FactCheck Mailbag, Week of Jan. 5-Jan. 11

This week, readers sent us comments on small business lawsuits, climate data, requests for a TV show and high praise from the Army. 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.

January 12, 2010

The largest category of salt sales by use in the U.S. is highway salt.
Source: Salt Institute

January 11, 2010

In 2007, China became the world’s largest salt producer, surpassing the U.S.
Source: Salt Institute

January 10, 2010

About 240 million tons of salt are used each year in the world. U.S. salt reserves contain an estimated 55 trillion metric tons of salt.
Source: Salt Institute

January 9, 2010

An estimated 1.8 percent of U.S. adults are underweight, due to poor nutrition or health conditions.
Source: 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

January 8, 2010

According to the 2008 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 41.5 percent of physicians reported at least partially using electronic medical records in their office-based practices. In 2007, the figure was 34 percent.

Source: CDC

January 7, 2010

The macaroni penguin is the most numerous of the 17 species of penguins in the world.
Source: International Penguin Conservation Work Group

January 6, 2010

Jazz musician and composer Dizzy Gillespie died on this day in 1993 in Englewood, N.J.

Source: Library of Congress