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October 27, 2005   |   Society FactID: 466
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Full-time Wal-Mart employees earn on average ~$17,500 a year.

46% of the children of Wal-Mart's 1.33 million United States employees were uninsured or on Medicaid.


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October 25, 2005   |   World FactID: 465
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Rated 4.07 stars
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The term "XXX" comes from Amsterdam (see Amsterdam's flag or coat of arms). You can find these X's all over the city - on buildings and streetposts.

In 1947, Queen Wilhelmina officially decreed that they represented three moral virtues: Compassion, Resolution, and Heroism.


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October 20, 2005   |   Food FactID: 464
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The most expensive coffee on earth ($300-$600 a pound), called kopi luwak, is made from beans passed through the digestive system of a civet, a cat-like creature found on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

The cat feasts on ripe coffee cherries then passes them through its system, after which they are gathered and roasted like other coffee beans. The coffee is said to be like no other, and has a rich flavor with hints of caramel and chocolate.


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October 18, 2005   |   Animals FactID: 462
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Rated 3.71 stars
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Beavers can hold their breath underwater for 45 minutes.


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October 16, 2005   |   Technology FactID: 460
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Apple sold 1 million iPod Nanos in the first 17 days the player was on the market!


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October 15, 2005   |   Computers FactID: 457
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AOL users spend 84% of their Internet time within AOL itself - its regulated leisure and shopping environment dominated by in-house brands.

AOL has 27 million subscribers.


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October 11, 2005   |   Health FactID: 456
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Rated 4.05 stars
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One-third of the world's population is infected with Tuberculosis.

TB kills 8,000 people every day -- it is also the biggest killer of people who are HIV-positive. It's spread through aerosol droplets which are expelled in a cough, sneeze, or spit.


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October 10, 2005   |   World FactID: 455
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Rated 3.75 stars
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Pakistan has more people than Russia.

According to the CIA World Factbook, Pakistan has a population of 162,419,946, while Russia's population is only 143,420,309


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October 9, 2005   |   Animals FactID: 453
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Rated 4.55 stars
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A python in the Everglades split itself in half after trying to eat a live 6-foot alligator.

The 13-foot Burmese python was found with the gator's hindquarters protruding from its midsection. Pythons are not native to the Everglades -- rather, they have been introduced via pet owners who abandoned their pythons.


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October 8, 2005   |   World FactID: 452
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The subway in London, more commonly known as the Underground or "tube" in London, has 970,000,000 passengers each year. That is over 3 times the population of the entire US.

Each train on the tube travels the distance from London to Syndey, Australia seven times a year.


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October 6, 2005   |   Society FactID: 450
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Oh say can you sing...

ABC News reports that 61% of Americans don’t know the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”


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October 5, 2005   |   Business FactID: 449
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1 out of every 8 pounds in England is spent at Tesco's, the largest supermarket in the UK.

Tesco claims 12.3% of the total retail market in the UK. It has been on a rampage since 1995, when it overtook Sainsbury to become the UK's largest supermarket. Tesco was founded in 1924.


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October 3, 2005   |   Science FactID: 448
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Rated 4.50 stars
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Silver tarnishes more these days because of sulfur pollution from power plants.

Before the Industrial Revolution, silver hardly tarnished at all.


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October 2, 2005   |   Society FactID: 447
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Rated 4.30 stars
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Cognitive scientists make a distinction between short-term, or working memory, and long-term, or secondary memory. Research suggests that generally only seven items can be stored for about a minute in short-term memory, whereas long-term memory is limitless.


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