March 17th, 2011
07:48 AM ET

What the "average Joe or Jane" really looks like

It might just be time to retire the phrase "average Joe" or "average Jane." A recent project at National Geographic Magazine tells us that the average person on planet Earth is actually a 28-year-old Han Chinese male.

The project also reveals that the most common person on this planet is:

– Right handed
– Has an annual income under $12,000
– Owns a cellphone, but doesn't have a bank account


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  1. Josh

    AREA MAN!!!

    March 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  2. New World Order

    This is the New World Order.

    We own this planet and we own you.
    You will work to sustain us.
    When you are no longer of any value, you will be liquidated.
    You will be given just enough to keep you productive.

    We Have Assumed Control.
    End Of Transmission.

    March 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  3. JP

    Many good points have been made and just as many stupid ones as well.
    My thoughts...... by the time we, the human race, come around to doing anything productive about controlling births it will be to late. The smartest comment made was the one regarding us, human beings, to be responsible regarding population. If you can not provide the care that a child needs to grow healthy and strong then use birth control or masturbate. There is nothing more upsetting in this world then to see children without parents living off the land, starving and begging just to make it through to see another sun rise.

    We hear all these statements like everyone has the right to live as they choose, the right to be who they want to be and do as they please. In all honesty, it does not apply to all humans.

    Our biggest down fall is we created economics. This is what is killing more humans then anything else.

    Peace to all and remember to keep smiling.

    March 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  4. sporadotimes

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    WELL, ALL THIS REGIMES HAVE ONE THING IN-COMMON OR TRAITOR-SHIPS AGAINST FOUNDING NATIONS AND IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES(PARASITIC DICTATORSHIPS – COMPARE THIS TO DICTATOR OBAMA ABOVE)

    He is ready to act after country was already subjected to civil war and burned to the ground...after he implemented via United Nations prohibition of air space usage allowing use exclusively to Gaddafi's air attacks and destruction of rebel army while at the same time prohibiting assistance from already liberated neighboring countries..and why !? Because rebel army didn't tolerate Jewmerican corruption and therefore rebels needed to be destroyed to extend when those will seat at negotiation table with Jewmerica. LIBERATORS WILL ENSLAVE REBELS BY PUSHING FORWARD GREAT ISRAEL'S AGENDA AND OWN OIL $$

    March 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • TheSpamRemover

      That is spam and makes you sound like Gadaffi.

      March 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  5. Surprise surprise

    Just look around or just at china they play by their own rules and breed like hamsters. Cheap labour and easy to control and expendable perfect for big corporations . The earth can't survive the population growth

    March 20, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Reply
    • Abdul

      Anybody who reads this blog remember HUAC? McCarthy?The ploerbm for me is that Bush/Cheney have gone a long way toward establishing a throne in the Oval Office and we as a people need to work hard toward getting our leaders to put some restraints on the president, whoever he is.Also, one of the things I've always disliked intensely, if not despised, about the Bushes is that they are such mean campaigners, not hesitating to use race baiting and character assassination. For some reason, though, that doesn't seem to be working out so well for McCain. Much of what is going on in the McCain campaign seems to be born of desperation. I wish I could say this is the end of politics of personal destruction but somehow I doubt it.

      July 6, 2014 at 7:18 am | Reply
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    • Sean

      I tend to disagree on the ovralel quality of the piece–that concluding paragraph was rather sweeping, given the limited evidence Zakaria assembles in the preceding paragraphs. I do think that the foreign policy establishment (of which Zakaria is a leading member) is rather conservative in the sense you suggest, but the consensus around which they are clustered is nowhere near as Manichean as the characterization makes them out to be.

      July 25, 2014 at 7:31 pm | Reply
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    November 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Reply
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  9. Matt R

    that's nice. now what would the average American look like. besides with 1/6 of the population being Chinese, it's a little unfair for all of us. since America is a salad bowl of ethnicity you can come up with a more fascinating result.

    November 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  10. Universidad

    he is a Democrat.Perhaps reality is hiittng them in the face .. As Gov. Richardson said of the Clintons, they are just trying to cling to the throne, and it is looking smaller and smaller as it gets further away.

    July 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  11. Awender

    Despite the amount of money spent on ududrgraenate and graduate degrees I still get confused by the legislative process. I thought both the senate and the house would need to vote on it but perhaps just the senate this time? From what I've read, the senate hasn't yet voted on the extension but the majority agree to extend the credit.

    July 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Reply
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