Facts & Trends

Online education

Police arrested a New Hampshire man who posted 35 videos on YouTube explaining how to grow marijuana at home.  Kyle Berry didn’t appear in the videos, but authorities said his reflection could be seen in one of the tutorials.  “He’s ...
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British Woman Skis Unaided Across Antarctica

A British woman has become the first person to ski across Antarctica without the help of kites, machines, or dogs.  Felicity Aston, 34, completed the 1,084-mile journey in 59 days, battling through the frozen wastes in temperatures as low as ...
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DANGEROUS COMBOS

There were 2.5 million emergency-room visits related to drug use in 2011—half for illegal drugs and half for misused medication. A third of patients had taken two or more substances: multiple drugs or drugs and alcohol ...
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Slow TV

An Icelandic public broadcast station aired 24 hours of live sheep birthing, part of its “slow TV” campaign, which also featured chess, knitting, and wood-burning ...
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Things Are Getting Heavy

Mississippi has overtaken West Virginia as the fattest state in the union, with an obesity rate of 35.4 percent.  Montana had the lowest obesity rate—19.6 percent ...
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Covered In Bees

Wearing only his underpants, a Chinese beekeeper set a new Guinness World Record this week after he covered himself in 240 pounds of bees.  Organizers placed several queen bees on Gao Bingguo, 55, to attract the workers, and then dumped ...
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Putting that degree to use

Jamie Fox, a 22-year-old from Great Britain with a degree in music, was given a job as a human scarecrow on a farm.  Fox will make $400 a week scaring off partridges by playing an accordion, ukulele, and cowbell ...
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Crosses Removed in China

Authorities have removed crosses from dozens of churches in Lishui city as Zhejiang province bans crosses from the cityscape ...
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Self-Storage Space

The U.S. now has 2.3 billion square feet of self-storage space, constituting more than 7 square feet for every citizen ...
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The Murder Of Land

"In America today you can murder land for private profit.  You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops." - Paul Brooks ...
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