Numbers: Oct. 15, 2007

CIA

27%

Percentage of CIA recruits offered positions as undercover agents this year who are minorities, a record high; in 2006, only 13% of the recruits were nonwhite

5%

Percentage of the current undercover force that is of Asian--including Middle Eastern--descent

PLANE CRASHES

65%

Percentage decrease in the rate of fatal accidents on U.S. flights over the past decade; the rate is now 1 per 4.5 million flights

7

Number of crashes worldwide this year--none in the U.S.--that have killed more than 20 people

WORLD RECORDS

7.4

Weight in tons of a Guinness-record-breaking vegetable salad made in Pulpí, Spain; the...

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