Numbers: Jan. 8, 2001

5,097 Number of layoffs at Internet companies in the first six months of 2000

36,177 Number of layoffs in the last six months of 2000, a 600% increase

2% Number of American high school teachers surveyed in 1988 who said the only method of birth control they promoted to students was abstinence

23% Number of teachers surveyed today who do so

281,421,906 Official population of the U.S., according to the Census Bureau, a 13.2% increase since 1990

5,578,906 Amount by which demographers underestimated on calculations less than three months ago

6,049 Rank of David Herbert Donald's biography Lincoln on

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