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Tom Lehrer Needs To Write An Update

Ancients Invented Fridges Earlier Than Thought If you think that your Fridge is a 20th Century invention, the website Ancient Origins recently published a piece that says that ancient desert dwellers in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East invented ice houses and refrigerators at least 2,400 years ago. The ingenious design used mud bricks [...]

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Mistakes Will Happen

Propublica Says There Are Bombs In Our Backyards Investigative journalism site www.Propublica.org/ recently posted a piece that says that nationwide, the military has high risk sites that hold bombs or toxic waste. New York alone has 32 high risk and medium risk sites. California holds the most medium and high risk bomb sites at 131. [...]

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Many Mass Murders Are Also Domestic Abusers

Many Mass Murderers Are Also Domestic Abusers According to a recent post, of the 156 mass shootings from 2009 to 2016 more than half the killers also had a history of domestic violence. Many men who commit domestic violence become known to police agencies. But all too often, these men find ways to avoid jail [...]

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Not All Viking Warriors Were Men

American Corporations Paying Employees The Least The website 24/7 Wall Street recently published a list of American corporations that pay employees the lowest wages. As you may expect, retail stores and fast food businesses lead the list. Companies such as Chipotle Mexican Grill, Starbucks and Walmart are prominent members of this group. Hotel Chains such [...]

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Drug OD’s Higher in Rural Areas Than In Cities

Drug OD’s Higher In Rural Areas Than In Cities The Center for Disease Control recently released a report that indicates rural areas face higher drug overdose deaths than cities face. The center says that rural areas need more attention from federal agencies to fight this serious drug epidemic. Although the actual number of drug deaths [...]

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Avoid Student Loan Scammers

Avoid Student Loan Scammers The FTC, Federal Trade Commission, states’ Attorneys General and International agencies recently announced a joint initiative to fight student loan scammers through Operation Tech Trap. As part of the initiative, the FTC announced settlements against two massive tech support operations that had bilked millions of dollars from student loan holders. To [...]

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Be careful With Whom You Play

States With The Highest Cancer Rates Cancer was first recorded 4,000 years ago. Every year, approximately 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease. For many years, doctors and researchers have speculated that environmental issues may contribute substantially to this number. The website 24/7 Wall Street recently posted data on cancer rates in all 50 [...]

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A College Degree May Prevent Heart Attacks

America’s Richest and Poorest States In determining the richest and poorest states, website 27/7 Wall Street used the following criteria: median household income, population, 2016 unemployment rate and 2016 poverty rate. As you probably expect, the state of Mississippi ranked 50th. Other states falling in the lowest five include: West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama. [...]

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Dating Vocabulary Increases

Hurricane Harvey Unearths Strange Creature Hurricane Harvey unearthed a strange sea creature that was found on a beach in Texas City, Texas. The unknown creature constitutes a nightmare of gigantic proportions. An employee of the National Audobon Society, Preeti Desai, posted this picture on Twitter asking for an identification of the animal. To view the [...]

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Strange But True

RAND Corporation Estimates $83 Billion Savings With Later School Start Times The RAND think tank recently estimated that the United States could add $83 billion to the economy by delaying the start time of middle schools and high schools. According to the article, later start times will improve graduation rates, reduce sleep related car crashes [...]

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