Why I am so tired - overworked

I have seen this in emails, but know the numbers can’t be right. Let’s see, 104 million retired? Seems high. 85 million in school? 29 mill federal govt employees? Those seem high too. What do you think? Can you verify or disprove any of these numbers?


For a couple years I’ve been blaming it on lack of sleep and too much pressure from my job, but now I found out the real reason:

I’m tired because I’m overworked.
The population of this country is 237 million. 104 million are retired.

That leaves 133 million to do the work.
There are 85 million in school, which leaves 48 million to do the work.

Of this there are 29 million employed by the federal government, leaving 19 million to do the work.

2.8 million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 16.2 million to do the work.

Take from the total the 14,800,000 people who work for State and City Governments and that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.

At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals, leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.

Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons. That leaves just two people to do the work. You and me.

And you’re sitting at your computer reading jokes.

I don’t know if the numbers are high, but some categories do overlap. For example, some of the retired/government/students are in hospital, some of the students work, some of the government employees are in the military, and so on.

Yeah, I’m a bum. What can I say? Must be that Gen-X slacker thing :wink: .

…it has never been my way to bother much about things which you can’t cure.

  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court-Mark Twain

Well, they’re not very good jokes, if that makes you feel any better. Oh, and could you finish this up for me? I wanted to leave early today - thanks.

OK, I’m presently bored so I’ll bite:
These data are from Encyclopedia Brittanica Online:

US Population (1998): 270,262,000.

US Military: Total active duty personnel (1997): 1,447,600

hospital beds 1,081,000 (nothing about admitted patients)
From http://frontier.net/~rhormell/jsch.htm:

More than 1.6 million men and women were held in the Nation’s jails and prisons at the end of June 1996
From http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/us.html#gov:

Age structure:
0-14 years: male 29,952,220; female 28,560,357 (total: 58,512,577)
65 years and over: male 14,088,571; female 20,197,212 (total: 34,285,783)

US Labor force: total: 136.3 million (includes unemployed) (1997)
Unemployment rate: 4.9% (1997)

Nothing about retirement or schools. That’s all I could burp up for now.