A famous e-mail chain letter, it starts off like this: "If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like this:
There would be 57 Asians,
14 from the Western Hemisphere (North and South)
and 8 Africans. ..."
When Stanford University professor Phillip Harter first forwarded it to some friends and colleagues, the message in turn got forwarded all over the world with his name in the sig file, generating all kinds of questions and responses. Since he didn't write it, he didn't verify the data, but the magazine Fast Company did.