Books read, cats checked, and other numeric facts of USA life

The Associated Press says when it comes to leisure time, Americans still would rather curl up with a good book than go online and surf the Web. Soccer is more popular than softball these days, but bowling still beats golf. And U.S. families spend some $660 per year on their TVs, stereos and video games.
So says the Census Bureau's annual compilation of facts and figures telling America about itself, from crops to crime, pollution to paychecks. The new Statistical Abstract of the United States, being released Thursday, runs more than 1,000 pages and offers an estimated 800,000 or 900,000 numbers.

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