viewerSad statistic of the day from IANS via Yahoo News:

Believe it or not, one in seven Americans – 15 percent of the country – now need government-provided food stamps simply to survive, according to latest government figures.

Nearly 46 million Americans receive food stamps out of a population of some 311 million people, the US Department of Agriculture, which administers what’s officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programme reported Thursday.

The continued high unemployment and the weak US economy have contributed to the explosive growth of the food stamp programme with no end in sight to the monthly increases, CNN said noting that 27 million people were dependent on food stamps in October 2007…

Alvin Wong is happier than you — statistically speaking (which brings to mind the old saying, “there are lies, damned lies, and statistics,” but I digress). As ABC News reports, Mr. Wong is the exact statistical composite of the happiest person:

Alvin Wong always considered himself a happy guy.

“I get up in the morning and say, ‘I’m very fortunate. I’m living in Hawaii, doing what I want to do,'” Wong said. But when Wong, 69, learned he is the exact statistical composite of the happiest person in America, he wasn’t sure what to think.

“When The New York Times called and read off all the information about who this person is, I asked if it was a practical joke.”

According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the happiest person in America is…

The expected ripostes have begun to trickle in from our inaugural post — especially from my favorite aggregation site,  I anticipate quite a number of challenges to the self-evident notion that 1-1=0…