Facts & Trends

Dog Saves A Man’s Life

A homeless man suffering a medical emergency in Washington state attached a note to his dog and sent it for help. Not long after, a local resident found the dog walking along some railroad tracks, read the note, and dialed ...
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Assessing the Creative Spark

EVERY OPERA YOU’VE EVER HEARD, every painting you’ve ever admired is reducible to chemical signaling in the composer’s or artist’s brain. We can map where in those brains the work got done: some in the occipital, where imagery lives; some ...
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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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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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Cost of Gun Violence

Gun violence now costs Americans an estimated $229 billion a year, including the expense of imprisoning gun offenders, medical treatment for the roughly 31,000 people killed and 75,000 wounded each year, lost wages, and loss of quality of life among ...
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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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Right place, right time

Cary Clevenger, 14, was playing with his friend Gavin Starns outside Gavin's house in Austin when he happened to look up.  Perched on the ledge of a second-story window was Gavin's 2-year-old brother, Cannon.  At that moment, Cannon pushed through the ...
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The Most Popular Names

The five most popular names for baby girls in 2014 were (in order) Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella, and Ava, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration.  For boys, the most popular were Noah, Liam, Mason, Jacob, and William ...
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DANGEROUS COMBOS

There were 2.5 million emergency-room visits related to drug use in 2011—half for illegal drugs and half for misused medication. A third of patients had taken two or more substances: multiple drugs or drugs and alcohol ...
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Travel Time

68.4 - The number of minutes Americans spend traveling each day, per capita, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number is down from 74.4 minutes in 2003 ...
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