Facts & Trends

Cremation

For every deceased person who is buried, four are now cremated ...
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Obese Americans

American men are weighing in at an average of 196 pounds—16 pounds more than in 1990, a new Gallup survey has found.The average weight for women jumped 14 pounds—to 156 pounds— over the same period. Gallup estimates 62 percent of ...
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Mapping human emotions

When you're angry, your face, head, and arms grow hot When you're depressed, a cold numbness grips your head and arms. Love triggers a warm glow throughout your upper body, especially around your heart. Human emotions, a new study has ...
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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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MILITARY ANIMALS

2,500 - Number of U.S. military dogs on duty worldwide $2,000,000 - Amount the U.S. spent on developing a robotic mule ...
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Treated Sewage Water Used To Make Beer

A home-brew club in Oregon will soon start making beer from treated sewage water.  Clean Water Services, which runs four wastewater treatment plants in the Portland area, will let the Oregon Brew Crew use recycled sewage to make batches of ...
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Amount of Police Charged With A Crime In Fatal Shootings

There have been thousands of fatal shootings by police since 2005, yet only 54 officers were ever charged with a crime, according to an analysis of official records.  Of those charged, just 11 were convicted or plead guilty ...
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7 GOOD REASONS TO BEFRIEND A SHARK

If nightmares about Jaws are keeping you from taking a dip in the ocean, relax. You're much less appetizing than you think. 11: U.S. fatalities from sharks, 1990-2006 16: U.S. fatalities from collapsing sand holes, 1990-2006 1 in 310,733: Odds of dying in a fireworks accident 1 in 3,750,000: Odds of dying in a shark ...
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In Poor Taste?

Gun-maker, American Legacy Firearms, unveiled the “Dallas Heritage Rifle” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  “If I hurt someone’s feelings, I’m sorry,” said company boss Steve Faler, “but I’m not gonna ...
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Militia terror plot

Four U.S. Army soldiers stockpiled $87,000 in guns and bomb components, which they planned to use to kill President Obama and overthrow the federal government, prosecutors said this week. The anarchist militia group of active duty and former soldiers then ...
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