National Geographic Society

  • Connect:

The Devil Fights Your Mind Facts

Pastor Andrew Hamblin fights to keep his snake-handling faith alive. He hopes to one day be the

Pastor Andrew Hamblin fights to keep his snake-handling faith alive. He hopes to one day be the "Billy Graham of snake handling" and establish a mega-church. (View larger version)

Photograph by NGT

  • Timber rattlesnakes can grow up to five feet in length and are sometimes referred to as a "velvet-tail" or "banded" rattler.

  • Approximately 23 percent of prisoners released in the United States are re-arrested within three years after getting out of prison.

  • The unemployment rate for ex-convicts can be as high as 75 percent in the United States.

  • An average attendance of 2000 people or more is needed every week in order for a church to be considered a mega church.

  • Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware are the only states to do not have a registered Mega-Church.

  • Coal production in the central Appalachia region is estimated to fall 31 percent from 185 million tons in 2011 to 128 million tons in 2020.

  • Copperheads are a slow snake that depends on their effective camouflage patterns to escape being seen by predators.

  • Unlike adult copperheads, young copperheads have a green-yellow tip on their tail that attracts insects and small frogs.

  • The Timber Rattlesnake is the largest venomous snake in Kentucky.

  • Female timber rattlesnakes do not give birth until they are 4 to 6 years old. They give birth every other, or every third year depending on how far north the snake is.

  • Baby timber rattlers are born between late summer and early fall.

  • Around 79,000 people in the United States die from excessive alcohol consumption each year.

  • In the year 2006, the Center for Disease Control estimated that $223.5 billion was spent on excessive alcohol consumption in the US. Three-quarters of the cost were consumers binge drinking.

  • If a woman has more than four alcoholic drinks in one sitting, or a man has more than five drinks in one sitting, it is considered binge drinking.

  • Drugs, like marijuana and cocaine, are involved in nearly 20 percent of all vehicle driver deaths.

  • 18.1 million, or 7 percent, of Americans over 12 years old said that they had used marijuana during a one-month period in 2011.

  • In 1996, treatment for heroin addiction costs totaled more than $1.2 billion for the United States.

  • One of every 50 adults in 2011 was on probation or on parole in the Unites States.

  • One of every 107 adults in 2011 were in jail or prison in the United States.

  • Well known Christian evangelist, Billy Graham has met with every single US president since Harry Truman, a current run of more than 60 years.

  • Billy Graham preached sermons known as "crusades" in large stadiums, such as the Rose Bowl, and founded his own magazine called "Christianity Today."

  • From 1993 to 2011, 70 percent of all homicides in the United States were caused by firearms.

  • Drugs such as oxycodone, methadone, hydrocodone, and other painkillers caused 91 percent of all unintentional deaths due to overdose in 2009.

  • Drug overdose accounted for a death every 19 minutes in 2007.

  • Of the more than 7,000 people bitten by venomous snakes in the US, only 5 to 6 people will actually die.