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19 Funny Statistics That Are Hard to Believe

How do you compare to this data gathered on American adults?

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How do you compare?

These funny statistics will give you insight into the people we share this earth with. From the giggle-worthy to the hilarious, these stats are so ridiculous that they're almost hard to believe. Just don't confuse these stats with the 51 facts everyone believes that are actually false.

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The average American...

The average American believes they are smarter than the average American, according to a study by the National Journal. Fifty-five percent of people polled said they thought they were smarter than the average American, while about 35 percent thought they were only just as smart as everyone else.

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Some pretty ghostly findings

Believe it or not, 45 percent of Americans think that ghosts and demons are real, according to Newsweek. If you're one of them, you'll likely enjoy these true ghost stories from the most haunted places in the world.

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America is a TV addicted nation

More people would have difficulty giving up watching TV and streaming shows for 40 days than the number of people who would struggle giving up chocolate, alcohol, soda, and fast-food for the same amount of time combined, according to a YouGov poll.

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That's a lot of trash

Speaking of the average American, each one produces about 5.91 pounds of waste every day. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 4.4 pounds per person goes into the trash each day, while only 1.51 pounds are recycled. Want to cut down on how much you're throwing out? Here are some ways to recycle just about anything.

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How self-centered is this planet?

One in four Americans surveyed thought that the sun goes around the earth, NPR reports. Elementary school science teachers everywhere are shaking their heads so let's set the record straight: the earth goes around the sun. That basic fact might still hold up after all this time, but here are some of the facts you learned in school that are no longer true.

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Yes, you are getting more robocalls

Nearly half of all phone calls Americans received last year were some form of robocall, the Washington Post reports. How annoying! Hopefully, this statistic will decrease drastically going forward. Here's what this telemarketer says you can do to get rid of them.

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Harvard may be our "safety" plan

Getting into Harvard may be difficult, but getting a job at Walmart might just be harder, according to Business Insider. The acceptance rate at Harvard is 5.2 percent but when Washington, D.C., got its very first Walmart, over 23,000 applicants applied for just 600 jobs. The 2.6 percent acceptance rate for the Walmart jobs is nearly twice as selective as Harvard!

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Americans love French fries

A recent YouGov survey of 20,000 Americans found that Americans preferred French fries to every other way to eat a potato. Baked potatoes and mashed potatoes tied for second place. This preference probably has something to do with why this chain's french fries are the most popular fast-food item of all time.

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Can you name every president?

Think you know your presidential history? Well, 71 percent of Americans name Alexander Hamilton as a U.S. president... except he wasn't, according to a survey. How's that for funny statistics? Here's some more presidential trivia that's not true.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest