Ever wondered what the number of Deaths among children under five years of age due to HIV/AIDS (%) in belize? Of course you have. http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=phNtm3LmDZEMImPrpQFRGaQ
That’s just one reason why you might be interested in the Guardian’s Datastore (http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/page/2009/jun/17/1). The guardian decided that since they would go to great lengths to check facts to support a story (sometimes), they should then publish the data they found for everyone to use.
Obviously, the store isn’t and exhaustive list of everything useful you may ever need but is a useful resource for making yourself appear like you’ve really thought about something when really you’ve hardly even considered it. Should I wan’t to impress my friends, I could pepper a discussion on whether council tax is a good system or fundamentally unfair with stats. For instance, where I live (Bourough of Camden) spends just 12% of council tax revenues on waste disposal, but Newcastle Under Lyme residents spend 53% of their hard earned council tax on waste. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/datablog/2009/oct/04/uk-waste-recycling