Facts & Trends

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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Old gods, new temple

Neopagans in Iceland are erecting a temple dedicated to the Norse gods Thor, Odin, and Frigg for the first time in over 1,000 years.  The temple will be built by the Asatru movement, which was founded in the 1970s to revive ...
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Protecting The World

25%:  Share of the world’s population that the U.S. is legally bound to defend thanks to pacts and treaties signed with over 60 countries, according to a report from the Harvard Belfer Center ...
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Two Horns Were A Problem

The world's most pierced man has been refused entry to Dubai over fears that he might be an evil sorcerer. Rolf Buchholz, who has 453 piercings on his face and body as well as fake horns implanted in his forehead, ...
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