Five interesting facts

Published January 29
Updated January 31

In a three-year playing career,

a Junior Pee Wee player today (if those 8-, 9- and 10-year-olds were actually reading the news) has been exposed to more coverage of brain damage and football than the Super Bowl’s oldest starter, Tom Brady, could have seen — total — between when he was born in 1977 and drafted in 2000.

$1 trillion

is what the federal deficit is projected to reach in the 2019 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a fiscal watchdog group.

18 minutes

is how much more sleep per night Americans are finally getting compared with 2003, according to an analysis of federal survey data published this month in the journal Sleep. American now average more than 8 hours a night.


was the saving rate of Americans’ disposable household income in December, the Commerce Department reported last week. That was the lowest rate since 2005 amid the first rumblings of housing market frothiness that resulted in the Great Recession two years later. The savings rate rose to 6.6 percent when the recession officially ended in June 2009.

More than 390

women are running for Congress, a record number. They are overwhelmingly Democrats.

Also In This Section