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Statement: Norway is the only country in the world where sheep out number humans.
Publication Date: December 4, 2004
Reader Mail: First to notice our grevious error was reader named Anthony, who wrote a nice little letter to the hardworking team at Gullible.info.
Wrong! Australia has many more sheep then Norway! Over 100,000,000 compared to its own people population of around 20,000,000. Also New Zealand has a sheep population that is greater then its people.Then we received an email from Mikko, who first turned a statement into a question; asked us a very good question indeed; and then wrote a sentence that could have used a verb!
Norway is the only country in the world where sheep out number humans?? What happened to New Zealand? 3,900,000 people and about 60 million sheeps.Good Lord, Mikko. What had we done?! We forgot New Zealand. That's twice as bad as forgetting Poland. Needless to say, we couldn't keep quiet about something so grossly incorrect, so we started an investigation into the process that ended in this shameful mistake. But things got worse. Others started to notice the mistake too. Like Dave:
Sheep outnumber humans 4:1 in New ZealandAnd "Exor":
But the straw to break the camel's back was this polite letter from Øyvind:
I live in Norway, and as far as I know, Norwegian sheep does NOT outnumber the Norwegian humans. This fact IS true for the country of New Zealand, though.
Fact Checking: First things first: we set out to find out what the actual ratio of sheep to people was in New Zealand, Australia and Norway. Was the New Zealand ratio 11:1, as Exor would have us believe, or 4:1 as Dave seemed to think? Only Gullible.info would be able to find out.
Statistics provided by the New Zealand government showed that in 1999, there were 58,679,891 sheep in New Zealand, compared to 3,529,600 people, giving a ratio of 15.2 sheep for every one person. Indeed we had established that New Zealand has more sheep than people (or they did in 1999).