The spooky season is now upon us. You've probably bought your costume and organised your trick or treat outing or Halloween party, so what better time to look at that staple entertainment of All Hallows' Eve - the scary movie.
We all like to shut the door, turn the lights down and settle into a good horror film on the most haunted night of the year, and there are some spine-tingling charts to be taken from scary film statistics.
Whether or not you count it as a 'horror' film in the classical sense, the highest grossing scary movie of all time is Jaws (1975). With figures adjusted for inflation, the Steven Spielberg masterpiece took $1,098,900,000 at the box office, way ahead of the second highest-grossing horror flick The Exorcist (1973), which tool $885,500,000. Here's a round-up of the top ten by the amount they took in dollars:
Chocolate, sweets and other confectionary are the go-to comfort foods for a lot of people, the top treat we reach for when we've had a bad day. Or a good day, come to that. As October 28this National Chocolate Day, this seems the perfect moment to take stock of some chocolate charts and sweet statistics about the sugary goodness we all love and crave so much...
Every year the world eats around 7.2million metric tonnes of the stuff, with 90million pounds purchased for Halloween alone. Across the planet, around $7billion a year is spent on chocolate and the largest producer, Mars, has net sales of over $17billion per annum.
Just what is it about human beings that makes us actively seek out experiences which terrify us? From jump scenes in scary movies to throwing ourselves from planes for fun, we all enjoy the occasional hair-raising moment to make life that little bit more exciting, and rollercoasters are one of the most popular forms of frightening ourselves. While it's almost Halloween and we're in the season for screams and thrills we thought it was a good opportunity to look ath the ups and downs of rollercoaster statistics.
The fastest rollercoaster currently in existence is the Formula Rossa ride in Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi, which reaches a maximum speed of 149.1mph. That places it a full 21.1mph ahead of its nearest rival, the Kingda Ka ride at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. Here's a run-down of the top ten rollercoasters by speed:
CHART - World's fastest Rollercoasters in miles per hour
September marked the 250th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which burned for four days and almost completely destroyed the Medieval City of London within the old Roman walls, changing the face fo the capital forever. While the damage was extensive and the homes of up to 80,000 Londoners were destroyed in the conflagration, a regularly cited figure says only six deaths were officially recorded. The low death toll may be because the deaths of poor people were beneath the notice of the recorders, or it may be because, with temperatures reaching 1,250°C, there were simply no remaints to count.
Three and a half centuries on this remains one of the most well-known fire disasters, even if it is officially far from the most deadly. That leaves us with the burning question, which fire events have been the most destructive? And what other interesting fire statistics are out there?
The 4th September marked National Wildlife Day, and while it's a good occasion to celebrate the wonders of the natural world, it's also an occasion to take stock of what's been lost and what we're in danger of losing in the near future.
Say the word 'endangered' and most people immediately picture a tiger or an elephant, the former still widely hunted for their so-called 'medicinal' properties and the latter regularly falling prey to ivory dealers. While both feature on the list of the most endangered species, they're not as close to the top as you might think. In the latest figures from October 2015, here were the thirty most at risk animals according to estimates of the numbers still alive...