Tuesday, June 24, 2008
According to the 2007 Human Development Report, 40% of the earth's population or 2.6 billion people live on less than two dollars a day. Yet in America, we complain about the price of gasoline as it approaches $5 a gallon. ...However, in Europe it costs approximately $8-9 a gallon and in Venezuela gas is only 12 cents a gallon. No, that's not a typo.
Last month, a 800 word prequel to Harry Potter auctioned for over $48,000 USD. That's over $60 a word. Each word of the manuscript is valued at 12 gallons of gas in America, 500 gallons of gas in Venezuela or enough to assist a person in a developing nation for one month.