Facts & Trends

Bad week for:

Color commentary, after Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price used the F-word 77 times in a five-minute rant berating sportswriters for reporting that a player was injured.  “Does every f—ing team that we f—ing play have to know every f—ing guy ...
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Kids And Electronic Devices

Average number of hours a U.S. child aged 8 to 18 spends using an electronic device or watching television each day: 7.6 ...
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Dolphins Have Names

It turns out that there’s strong evidence to suggest that at least one kind of dolphin sound, studied extensively over the past decade, does function as a kind of referential symbol. Dolphins use distinct “signature whistles” to identify and call ...
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Cremation

For every deceased person who is buried, four are now cremated ...
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A bad year for bees

Colony collapse disorder, the mysterious scourge that has been killing off honeybees since 2005, has suddenly become a lot more deadly. This past winter, as many as half of all hives succumbed to the disorder—up from one third annually in ...
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Jobs Held By Humans

Portion of U.S. jobs held by humans today that are at high risk of being automated by 2024: 1/2 ...
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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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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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Debt

Percentage of Americans aged 18 to 31 with credit-card and student-loan debt, respectively, in 1989: 43, 18 Today: 36, 40 ...
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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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