Facts & Trends

Homelesness In New York City

Percentage by which New York City’s homeless-shelter population increased under Bloomeberg: 65 Portion of the city’s shelter population who are children: 2/5 ...
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Army Qualification

Just 30 percent of Americans aged 17 to 24 are eligible to become soldiers, according to the U.S. Army. The remaining 70 percent of young people are either too obese or are disqualified because they have a criminal history or ...
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ASTEROID MAPPING

Amateur astronomers can now put their observations to good use through the new Asteroid Data Hunter app.  The software, which works on almost any Windows or Mac computer, is a collaborative effort between NASA and Planetary Resources, a company that ...
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Synchronicity

Twin sisters Erica and Tashina Ackley, 22, who found out they were pregnant on the same day, gave birth just hours apart in the same Maine hospital. “We thought it would be cool if we had our babies on the ...
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God vs. Harvey Weinstein

Number of Academy Award winners in the past twenty years who thanked God in their acceptance speeches: 7 Who thanked Harvey Weinstein: 30 ...
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Air Pollution in India

According to the U.N., India has 13 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities. Low vehicle-emission standards, booming industrialization, crowded cities and the burning of trash means that the vast majority of Indians breathe unsafe air ...
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Health catastrophe

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the worst place in the world to give birth, according to Save the Children.  One in 30 Congolese women dies from complications of childbirth, and tens of thousands of them have been impregnated ...
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A Little Gassy

Estimated amount of gasoline wasted in U.S. traffic jams each day, in gallons: 12,600,000 ...
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SLAVES AMONG US

Nearly 30 million people worldwide are exploited and treated as property. These victims—adults and children—are forced to work, marry, serve in wars or provide sex ...
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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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