The Internet was blowing up this weekend due to a certain wedding (ahem, Kim Kardashian and New Jersey Nets basketball player Kris Humprhies). In fact, so many Kardashian addicts were seeking details about Kim's star-studded event that few people searched the kind-of-a-big-deal revolution that was advancing in Libya.
This graph shows the search rate on google for "Libya" and "Kim Kardashian" from Aug 17 - Aug 22. Kim (in red) beats out Libya 10 to 1 on Saturday and Sunday.
Don't get us wrong; we adore Kim. We too researched the cost of the wedding dress ($25,000) and the height of the wedding cake (6 tiers). However, we also wanna clue you in on some key stats and facts you may not know Libya's recent developments:
- 0. While plenty of websites knew where Kim was having her wedding (Montecita, CA), zero media outlets know for sure just where Libya's dictator Moammar Gadhafi has gone into hiding. He is on the run, but if the UN's International Criminal Court gets their hands on him, they'll be putting him on trial for crimes against humanity. Gadhafi is being investigated for ordering the mass murder of civilians and other heinous acts (including purchasing Viagra-like drugs to give to soldiers for the purpose of raping women).
- 42. That's how many years Gadhafi has been in power (12 years longer than Kim Kardashian has even been alive). The Libyan rebel government known as the National Transitional Council (NTC) is looking to halt Gadhafi's rule before he can celebrate 43 years—this weekend NTC troops overtook the capital city of Tripoli. However, Gadhafi supporters are putting up a fight that will prolong any official overthrow.
- 80. According to the Wall Street Journal, about 80% of Tripoli was controlled by NTC forces yesterday while 20% of the city still had pro-Gadhafi forces ruling the streets. (Kim certainly doesn't have 80% control over the antics of her famous sisters.)
- 6,420,000. That's Libya's current population (way more people than the 440 who attended Kim's wedding). The United States has recognized the TNC as the current legitimate government that should represent the Libyan people. "The TNC should continue to demonstrate the leadership that is necessary to steer the country thorugh a transition," declared President Obama. "The future of Libya is now in the hands of the Libyan people."
- $896,000,000. No, that's not how much Kim's wedding cost (hers was a mere 10 mil.). The 896 million bucks are how much the U.S. has spent arming NATO with war planes, drones, bombs, and intelligence assets.