Number Crunch: July 2008

What does 11,000 gallons of water have to do with home building? Read on to find out.
By Jennifer Powell, Staff Writer | June 30, 2008

Construction workers in Chicago's Gold Coast found a human bone on a construction site, the Chicago Tribune reported. Officials told the newspaper it was possible the place where the bone was found might have been a cemetery at one point. Did anyone see "Poltergeist?"


Mark Twain's house at 351 Farmington Avenue in Hartford, Conn., might have to shutter, reports The New York Times. Twain wrote some of his works, including "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," in the historic home. Built in 1874 at the height of his success, the house may be closed to the public due to lack of money.


KnowledgePlex reports that Tiki Barber will be renovating affordable housing, including more than 3,000 units in Virginia. The former NFL player is part of a new joint venture with New York-based The Related Companies to renovate low-income housing apartment complexes.


Toilets, showers and faucets account for 60 percent of water usage in the home, according to the EPA. Replacing these items with more efficient models can save 11,000 gallons of water per year. And 11,000 gallons, says the U.S. Geological Survey, is enough to grow one — that's one — bushel of wheat.


The 2010 U.S. Census might be less accurate than the 2000 U.S. Census, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. We guess with the country's 300 million people and counting, it might be a little difficult to catch up.


According to a survey from AOL/Zogby, 56 percent of respondents think homeownership is attainable for most people. Then why are we drowning in foreclosures?

2.55 trillion

Data from the U.S. Federal Reserve shows that total consumer credit rose to 2.558 trillion in March.


39 percent of the U.S. population will be minorities by 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.