Facts & Trends

Casualty count

Twenty-five pilot whales beached themselves on Kice Island off southwest Florida in 2014. Sickness related to environmental problems can trigger beachings, which are on the rise ...
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MILITARY ANIMALS

2,500 - Number of U.S. military dogs on duty worldwide $2,000,000 - Amount the U.S. spent on developing a robotic mule ...
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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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Armed Robberies

Percent increase in armed robberies at pharmacies since 2006: 81 ...
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Stuck In A Chimney

California firefighters spent two hours extracting a naked woman from a chimney after she tried to sneak into her ex-boyfriend's home at 5 a.m.  The 35-year-old took off her clothes in the hope it would help her fit down the ...
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CANNABIS CONSUMERS

In 2012, some 2.9 million adults and teens tried an illicit drug for the first time. More than 80% of them used pot. Among all pot users, 40% take the drug 20 or more days a month. Two states have ...
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Helping Out Our Neighbors

Homeowners in Centennial, Colo., woke up to a pleasant surprise last Sunday morning: a group of teens who went around shoveling their neighbors' sidewalks and driveways free of charge. "They did everything: the whole driveway, the stoop, the whole sidewalk," ...
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Give That Man A Hand . . .

A British pilot momentarily lost control of his passenger plane when his artificial arm fell off during landing. The captain of the FlyBe turboprop was approaching Belfast City Airport in windy conditions with 47 passengers on board when his prosthetic ...
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Record migrant rescues, deaths

Nearly 10,000 desperate refugees were rescued from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean this week, a record high, but another 400 are believed to have drowned when one of the boats sank, also a record.  Most of the migrants were from ...
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To Delay Aging, Spend More Time Standing Up

To delay aging, spend more time standing up. That’s the surprising conclusion of a new study by Swedish scientists, reports The Daily Telegraph (U.K.). Researchers at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm took blood samples from a group of sedentary, overweight ...
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