Employees of ThyssenKrupp AG Worldwide : 156,000

Chosen: I have been researching statistics in preparation for our trip to Mulheim as part of The Impulse Festival of Theater at the end of June. One major local employer is the international company ThyssenKrupp. The company was formed from the merger of Friedrich Krupp AG and Thyssen AG in 1999. Friedrich Krupp AG built the pressure sphere for the bathyscape ‘Trieste’ which took Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh into the deepest known part of the oceans, the Mariana Trench on 23rd January 1960. This moment of human exploration and endeavour is one that we often include in the show.

Source: Bluebird Electric

Submitted By: Craig

The Population of Bidi Bidi Refugee Camp, Uganda:272,000

Chosen: We hear a lot about refugees fleeing to Europe but this is claimed to be the world’s largest refugee camp.

Source: The Guardian 21/5/17

Submitted by : James

Guide Dogs Attacked By Other Dogs In The UK Each Year: 100

Chosen: We occasionally create Of All The Creatures Across The Globe and good animal statistics are very hard to find, this one has a certain poignancy to it.

Source: Today Programme BBC Radio 4 17th March 2016

Submitted by : James

People Struck By Lightning Each Year: 24,000

Chosen: You’d never know where to look for this stat – or even think of looking for it. It could have lots of potential for linking with other stats in a playful way.

Source: Dr. Chris Scott, University of Reading
Today Programme BBC Radio 4. 15th May, 2014.

Submitted By: James

University Graduates Fleeing Algeria 1992-6: 71,500

Source: Your Fatwa Dies Not Apply Here by Karima Bennoune

Chosen: A pointed statistic suggesting the ‘brain drain’ prompted by fundamentalism.

Submitted by: James

Black People Living In London 1750: 20,000

Source: In Our Time BBC Radio 4

Chosen: As an indication that London has long been a multiracial city. A rare stat to find.

Submitted By: James

Women Travelling From Ireland To Britain For An Abortion Each Day: 11

Chosen: an update of an old statistic.

Source: The Today Program BBC Radio 4

Submitted by: James

Sailors Completing the first Circumnavigation of the Globe 8/9/1522: 18

Those who set off on the voyage 238.

Chosen: because the voyage was a iconic and an amazing story.

Source: Jerry Brotton A History of the World in Twelve Maps.

Submitted by James

4am Project Photographers, Birmingham photo walk, The Bullring,14th April 2013 = 16

chosen: Local initiative organised by @KarenStrunks and a project celebrating its 4th anniversary.

source: https://twitter.com/karenstrunks/status/3246488909

Submitted by Mark Wilson

The aim of the 4amproject is to gather a collection of photos from around the world at the magical time of 4am. Everyone can take part and join in! All you need is a camera. We want to see what you see at that moment in time on that one day. What’s your view at 4am?

More information about the 4am project can be found HERE

Prisoners Held In Guantanamo Bay On Hunger Strike: 130/52

Total Prisoners: 166
Prisoners Officially Acknowledged as on Hunger Strike: 52
Prisoners Defence Lawyers Believe To be on Hunger Strike: 130
Prisoners Being Force Fed: 13

Chosen: Prisoners in Guantanamo Bay was a resonant statistic in early versions of the show a decade ago so to be reminded of this enduring problem is important. Also, it is always useful for the show to acknowledge that statistics are regularly disputed.

Source: The Today Program BBC Radio 4

Submitted By: James