Facts & Trends

Driving and Cell Phones

Chance that a U.S. automobile accident occurs when at least one of the drivers is texting or talking on a cell phone: 1 in 4 ...
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Food Stamp Benefits Spending Has Gone Up

The government spent $74.6 billion on food stamp benefits last year, up from $30.4 billion in 2007. With 15 percent of Americans now receiving food stamps, the program's budget is equivalent to the combined budgets of the Department of Homeland ...
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Friendship – Men and Women

Men kick friendship around like a football but it doesn’t seem to break. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces ...
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Odds Of Being Killed At School

Yearly odds of a U.S. student being killed at school: 1 in 3 million ...
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Cost of War

$6 trillion - Upper estimate of the cost to the U.S. of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan ...
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Most trustworthy nation

Europeans believe Germany is the most trustworthy but also least compassionate nation in the European Union, according to the most recent Pew survey of European attitudes. Respondents from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic all listed ...
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A BIG MARKET

Americans spend $100 billion annually on cocaine, heroin, pot and meth. Many users spend small amounts at a time—$10 may buy a day’s supply of heroin, for instance. But over time users may build a tolerance to a drug and ...
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What Is Executive Brain Function?

Like many brain deficits, ADHD affects frontal lobe executive functioning, which coordinates everything we do by processing and organizing information ...
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Women Prisoners Who Are Mothers

Percentage of U.S. women prisoners who are mothers of young children: 61 ...
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THE COST OF LIVING

The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked more than 130 cities from most to least expensive, according to a survey of prices across 160 goods and services. Here’s a sampling: 1 - Singapore 2 - Paris 9 - Seoul 22 - New York ...
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