CBS News, building on work by National Geographic, tracked down "Earth's most typical person." He's 28-year-old Mu Li, who is "working in New York City as a reporter for People's Daily, China's state newspaper."
He fits the profile National Geographic came up with based on a set of data points that concluded there are 9 million Han Chinese men — the largest pool National Geographic could find — who also:
— Are 28 years old (the global median age).
— Speak Mandarin.
— Own a cell phone.
— Don't have a car or bank account.
— Make less than $12,000 a year.
"I have a common face, a common background. Suddenly you realize, you say, 'Wow, you are the most typical person in the world,' " Li told CBS.
Here's how the magazine came up with its profile of the "world's most typical person."
The other report that caught our eye is from the BBC, which has an interactive tool that allows you to find "your number" in the world. Plug in your date of birth and it tells you how many people were alive when you were born and where you come in historically.