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The Largest Mergers of All Time, Adjusted for Inflation

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When talking about the world’s largest mergers and acquisitions, it is interesting to see how some companies surged while others have lost so much. According to this visualization, adjusted for inflation in 2022, the largest acquisition was in 1999 when Vodafone purchased German cell company Mannesmann for $297.7 billion dollars. Since that purchase, only the Time Warner acquisition by AOL has even come close, selling for $286.4 billion just one year later in 2000. Read on to learn more in this interesting piece from /u/giteam on Reddit.

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In 1998, Exxon purchased Mobil for $128.3 billion, which shows the enormity of the Vodafone merger. Another major acquisition on this list by a company you have probably heard of is Kraft, which was purchased by Heinz in 2015 for $114.3 billion. AT&T is another well-known business that was purchased by Comcast in 2001 for $110.2 billion. Travelers Insurance Group was purchased by Citicorp in 1998. Let’s continue down the list to see other major mergers from the past. In 1999, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer purchased Warner-Lambert for $146.4 billion. Gaz de France purchased Suez S.A in 2007 for $139.8 billion. Dutch Petroleum purchased Shell Transport & Trading Company for $136.3 billion in 2004. RFS Holdings purchased ABN Amro in 2007 for $128.1 billion. AB InBev purchased SABMiller for $122.3 billion in 2015. Glaxo Welcome purchased SmithKline Beecham for $119.6 billion in 2000. Bell Atlantic then purchased Vodafone Airtouch for $113.9 billion in 1999. Zeneca purchased Astra AB, becoming Astra Zeneca in 1998 for $111.4 billion. Nations Bank also purchased Bank of America in 1998 for $103.1 billion.

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States Ranked by How Often Their Residents Poop

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Ever wonder how much you poop compared to other people? Well, that’s exactly what the fine folks at porta-potty provider AAWSI.com are aiming to find out with their new study. Based on a nationwide survey, the study reveals how many times people from each U.S. state poops on average. While all states maintained a similar average, some clear winners and losers have certainly emerged. Check out the visualization.

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As you’ll see, the residents of Michigan topped the charts with 2.182 poos per day. This number was significantly higher than nearly all states besides Idaho; the potato state squeezes out an average of 2.177 loaves per day. The two states were the only to average above two.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Missouri came in dead last with an average of 1.131 bowel movements per day, averaging more than one full poo fewer per day than the top two states. What causes these discrepancies? Varying diets? Statistical fluke? I wouldn’t venture a guess.

Interestingly, the survey found that the national average sits just above 1.5 poos per day at 1.598, which leads me to believe that nearly everyone goes either once or twice per day on average regardless of where you live in the nation.

Something I have yet to decide on is whether the true “winners” on this list are the states who are pooping the most, or those who are pooping the least.

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Real Estate Chart Reveals Your Money Has Only 50-80% of the Buying Power it Did 5 Years Ago

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Houses aren’t cheap these days. In fact, they are so not cheap that millions of young Americans are holding off on buying a home and are instead opting to rent for the foreseeable future. “Just how bad is it?”, you might be wondering. Well, this new visualization from construction app maker Builder Pad forces you to look at the problems the United States is facing in the real estate market in an entirely new way. From this perspective, you are able to see how much smaller a house you’ll be able to afford today vs. 2018 for the same amount of money. So, how much smaller has a $500,000 home become in your state?

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In order to reveal which states have the fastest-rising real estate prices, Builder Pad analyzed median listing prices by state in two distinct ways. First, is by percentage of square feet lost over the five year period between 2018 and 2023. The state that was hit the hardest in this metric is Montana where a $500K house is now 50.15% smaller. Just typing that out blows my mind.

The second metric used in this study is square feet lost over the same 5-year period. The state that lost the most square feet in a $500,000 house is Kansas with a drop of 2,280.26 square feet. That’s the equivalent of losing five (5!) two-car garages in living space. With virtually no end in sight for this real estate conundrum, what will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back?

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The Fastest-Growing Jobs in Health Care in the United States

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Positions in the health care industry have always been in demand, especially since the start of the pandemic. Hospitals and doctor’s offices all over the country are in need of trained medical professionals to help patients. Staffing workers in the industry was a struggle even before COVID-19 hit, and once it did, demand for health care workers was strongly in demand.
Which specific health care professions are expected to grow the most in the next few years? U.S. Career Institute looked at data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Indeed.com to display which medical professions are expected to grow the most from 2021-2031.

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The graphic utilizes a scatter diagram to visualize the health care professions expected to grow the compared to their average salary.

The medical profession that is expected to grow the most by 2031 is nurse practitioners. The average salary for a nurse practitioner in the U.S. is $120,680, and the profession is expected to grow 46% by 2031. Nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives are next on the list, with an expected growth of 40% by 2031. The average annual salary is $123,780.

These are the top 10 health-related professions that are expected to grow through 2031:

  1. Nurse practitioner — 46%
  2. Nurse anesthetist — 40%
  3. Physician assistant — 28%
  4. Medical and health services manager — 28%
  5. Epidemiologist — 26%
  6. Occupational therapy assistant — 25%
  7. Home health and personal care aide — 25%
  8. Physical therapy assistant — 24%
  9. Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselor — 22%
  10. Speech-language pathologist — 21%

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