Facts & Trends

Skiing in shorts

Parts of the Northeast received up to 18 inches of snow over Memorial Day weekend.  Snow blanketed parts of Vermont, New Hampshire, and upstate New York ...
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When going ‘green’ makes people sick

When communities like San Francisco and Seattle began banning plastic bags, said Ramesh Ponnuru, it seemed like a public-spirited thing to do. But' benign-seeming laws often have unintended consequences— and the plastic-bag ban is now producing a sickening result. The ...
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It Was A Good Week For . . .

Bird calls, after firefighters in Idaho rushed into a burning building when they heard voices calling “Help! Fire!” only to discover a pair of “talking” parrots.  “There was nobody besides the birds inside,” said one fireman. “Smart birds.” ...
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Why Americans Skip Taking Vacation

Being overworked is the main reason Americans say they skip vacation: 40% - Heavy workload upon return 35% - Nobody else can do the work 33% - Can't afford to take it 28% - Want to show dedication 22% - ...
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U.S. Shark Attacks

52: Number of unprovoked shark attacks in the U.S. last year (compared with 20 elsewhere in the world). None were fatal. 28: Number of attacks in Florida, the most of any state. Runners-up were Hawaii (seven), South Carolina (five), California (four) and ...
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Permanent Job

75% - Percentage of workers worldwide who do not have a permanent job, according to the International Labor Organization. Global unemployment reached an estimated 201 million in 2014; most people work without a contract or are self-employed ...
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Volcano Disaster

A volcano in the Galapagos Islands erupted for the first time in 33 years, threatening the unique ecosystem that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. The island is home to the world’s only colony of pink iguanas; officials said they ...
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HOW HAPPY ARE YOU?

Gallup ranked 143 countries by how great a share of respondents said they had recently had positive experiences such as laughter or enjoyment. A sampling, from greatest to least: 1 - Paraguay 8 - Costa Rica 15 - U.S. 134 ...
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Pirates

Portion of the Indian Ocean that is underexplored by scientists because of pirates: 1/4 ...
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Love and Hunger

Number of reported cases in the past decade of an Antarctic fur seal having sex with a king penguin: 4 Then eating it: 1 ...
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