There are 5.86 Suckers Born Every Minute

According to Wikipedia, the phrase “There’s a sucker born every minute” first appeared in print in 1885.

  1. Assume that the number of suckers born per minute is proportional to the number of people born per minute.
  2. Assume that the number of people born per minute is proporational to the total population.
  3. According to Wolfram | Alpha, the population of the USA in 1885 was 56.6 million people.
  4. According to Wolfram | Alpha, the estimated population of the USA in 2017 is 332 million people.
  5. Therefore, the number of suckers born per minute in 2017 must be $332 / 56.6$, which Wolfram | Alpha gives as 5.86.
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