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November 25, 2006   |   Society FactID: 593
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4 in 10 U.S. children born in 2005 were out of wedlock.

Births among single mothers rose most dramatically among women in their 20s. Teen mothers were not responsible for the increase.


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November 24, 2006   |   Business FactID: 592
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The average weekly pay of financial sector jobs in Manhattan is $8,300.

The 280,000 financial sector workers collect more than half of all the wages paid in Manhattan, although they hold less than 1 in 6 of Manhattan jobs.


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November 10, 2006   |   Computers FactID: 591
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There are now more than 100 million websites on the internet!

Counting only domain name sites with content, Netcraft has tracked the growth of the internet since 1995 and says of the 100m, around 48 million are active sites that are updated regularly. When it began observing sites through the domain name system in 1995, there were 18,000 web sites in existence.

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November 8, 2006   |   Society FactID: 226
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There are 5 million more women than men in America! The US is 49.1% male and 50.9% female.

Looks like Nevada and Alaska are the only places where men really outnumber women.

Other interesting news: 1 out of 4 Americans can't vote (they're under 18). And there are almost 7 million completely vacant housing units in the US.


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November 7, 2006   |   Animals FactID: 186
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On average, every square mile of the earth has the same number of insects as the total number of people on earth (currently 6.5 billion)

The earth's surface area is 197,000,000 square miles.

Multiply those and you get 1,280,500,000,000,000,000 (1 quintrillion or 1 billion billion) insects. That's a lot of bugs.


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November 6, 2006   |   Computers FactID: 467
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The first email was sent 30 years ago.

Mr Tomlinson sent this first email back in 1971 -- he invented the software that allowed messages to be sent between computers. He even started the convention of using the "@" sign in email addresses (his email was "tomlinson@bbn-tenexa").


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November 4, 2006   |   Society FactID: 341
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Each year in Los Angeles people spend 93 hours sitting in traffic.

That's almost 4 whole days every year just sitting in traffic! Other cities in the top five are San Francisco (72), DC (69), and Atlanta (67), & Houston (63).

This is from the Texas Transportation Institute which recently released its 2005 Mobility Study. Each year the study looks at, among other things, how much time people spend in traffic.


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November 2, 2006   |   Food FactID: 350
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The incredible edible egg...

In Japan, the average number of eggs eaten/person/year is 347. The US makes the list with 238 per person per year.

The elephant bird, extinct within the last 1,000 years, laid an egg that was seven times larger than an ostrich egg. These eggs weighed about 12kg apiece, were 30 cm long and could hold up to 8.5L of liquid or the equivalent of 12,000 hummingbird eggs -- sure makes one hell of an omelet...


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November 1, 2006   |   Business FactID: 468
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96% of hourly workers in the fast food industry leave their jobs within a year.

The same source provided a breakout of food service (eat-in vs. drive thru, etc.) in a fact from last May.


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