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Top 10 of Everything shows how the world has changed

Posted on 5:45 AM by Sameer Shah

Populations of cities are soaring, ships are getting bigger and airports are busier than 20 years ago, according to a new trivia book. The Top 10 of Everything 2009 written by Russell Ash, contains over 600 lists, and as part of the 20th anniversary, it is comparing today's entries with lists from 20 years ago to see how the world has changed. Jack and Grace are today's most popular boy and girl names, but 20 years ago it was Daniel and Rebecca. The 2007 list also shows a return to more traditional names such as Ruby, Emily, Harry and Oliver, compared to 1987, where Christopher, Michael, Rachel and Amy all made appearances. The only names to feature on both lists out of the boys and girls, were Daniel (seventh in 2007) and Thomas, second most popular in 2007, compared to eighth 20 years ago. Other lists show life expectancy has risen. In the UK, the average in 1989 was 75.30, but today it is 76.52. Neither number is enough to make either of the top 10 lists however, with Andorra topping today's list at 83.54, compared to San Marino 20 years ago, with a life expectancy of 79.24. Tokyo remains the world's largest city, climbing from more than 23 million in population to 33.6 million, while a number of Asian countries, including Seoul, Mumbai, Delhi, Shanghai and Osaka have all climbed significantly. The US still has the monopoly on airports however, with five of today's top 10 featuring as the busiest. This however is down from the eight that feature in 1987. But it would appear Finland rules the seas, with eight out of today's 10 largest passenger ships made by the country, including the world's largest - Independence of the Seas, at 160,000 tons; 20 years ago, Sovereign of the Seas, built in France weighed 73,192 and was the world's heaviest. Today, it would not come close to the top 10. Here is a list of some of the Top 10s from then and now:





Top 10 First Names in England and Wales 2007


1. Jack / Grace
2. Thomas / Ruby 3. Oliver / Olivia 4. Joshua / Emily 5. Harry / Jessica 6. Charlie / Sophie 7. Daniel / Chloe 8. William / Lily 9. Jamies / Ellie 10. Alfie / Amelia 1987 1. Daniel / Rebecca 2. Christopher / Sarah 3. Michael / Emma 4. James / Laura 5. Matthew / Rachel 6. Andrew / Samantha 7. Adam / Charlotte 8. Thomas / Kirsty 9. David / Nicola 10. Richard / Amy Life expectancy Country at Birth 2009 1. Andorra 83.54 2. Japan 82.12 3. Singapore 81.98 4. San Marino 81.97 5. France 80.98 6. Sweden 80.86 7= Australia 80.85 = Switzerland 80.85 9. Iceland 80.67 10. Canada 80.58 (UK 76.52) 1989 1. San Marino 79.24 2. Japan 79.00 3. Hong Kong 78.30 4. Iceland 78.17 5. Switzerland 77.89 6. Sweden 77.65 7 Spain 77.30 8. Canada 77.10 9 Greece 77.01 10. Liechtenstein 76.89 (UK 75.30)






Top 10 Largest Passenger Ships (tonnage)
2008



1. Independence of the Seas, 2008, Finland, 160,000 2= Liberty of the Seas, 2007, Finland, 154,407 = Freedom of the Seas, 2006, Finland, 154,407 4. Queen Mary 2, 2004, France, 148,528 5= Mariner of the Seas, 2004, Finland, 138, 279 =Navigator of the Seas, 2003, Finland, 138,279 7. Explorer of the Seas, 2000, Finland, 137,276 8. Adventure of the Seas, 2001, Finland, 137,276 =Voyager of the Seas, 1999, Finland, 137,276 10. Crown Princess, 2006, Italy, 117,477 1988 1. Sovereign of the Seas, 1988, France, 73,192 2. Norway, 1961, France, 70,202 3. Queen Elizabeth II, 66,450 4= Celebration, 1987, Sweden, 47,262 =Jubilee, 1986, Sweden, 47,262 6. Holiday, 1985, Denmark, 46,052 7. Canberra, 1961, Northern Ireland, 44,807 8. Royal Princess, 1984, Finland, 44,348 9. Seaward, 1988, Finland, 42,276 10. Westerdam, 1986, W. Germany, 42,092





Largest Cities 2007



1. Tokyo: 33,600,000
2. Seoul: 23,400,000 3. Mexico City: 22,400,000 4. New York: 21,900,000 5. Bombay: 21,600,000 6. Delhi: 21,500,000 7. Sao Paulo: 20,600,000 8. Los Angeles: 18,000,000 9. Shanghai: 17,500,000 10. Osaka: 16,700,000 1987 1. Tokyo: 23,322,000 2. New York: 15,827,000 3. Mexico City: 14,474,000 4. Sao Paulo: 13,427,000 5. Shanghai: 12,396,000 6. Los Angeles: 10,445,000 7. Osaka: 10,351,000 8. Buenos Aires: 10,269,000 9. Bombay: 9,898,000 10. Calcutta: 9,882,000





Busiest Airports (by passenger numbers)
2007



1. Atlanta: 84,846,639
2. Chicago O'Hare: 77,028,134 3. Heathrow: 67,530,197 4. Tokyo: 65,810,672. 5. Los Angeles: 61,041,066 6. Dallas/Fort Worth: 60,226,138 7. Charles De Gaulle: 56, 849, 567 8. Frankfurt, 52,810,683 9. Beijing, 48,654,770 10. Denver, 47,325,016 1987 1. Chicago O'Hare: 53,338,056 2. Atlanta: 45,191,480 3. Los Angeles: 41,417,867 4. Dallas/Fort Worth: 39,945,326 5. Heathrow: 34,700,000 6. Denver: 34,685,944 7. Newark: 29,433,046 8. San Francisco: 28,607,363 9. JFK New York: 27,223,733 10. Tokyo: 27,217,761

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