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It costs $50 per second to operate Air Force One. - Time Magazine, 6/4/12

For the first time in United States history, in 2012, neither of the two presidential candidates had ever served in the military. - The Week Magazine, 6/8/12

If Mitt Romney had been elected in November 2012, Barack Obama's tax burden would have fallen by $90,000. Romney's own tax bill would go down $5,000,000 each year. - The Week Magazine, 6/15/12

3.73% of people in the United States are illegal immigrants. - Time Magazine, 2/14/11

The odds are almost 1 out of 2 (44%) that you're a millionaire (if you're a member of the US Congress). - CBS News, 11/6/09

The odds are one out of eight (12%) that you depend on food stamps, if you're a United States citizen. - New York Times, 11/28/09

Colorado will reduce minimum wage by 4 cents in 2010 - becoming the first state to lower the minimum wage in over seventy years. - Time Magazine, 10/26/09

The federal government is now spending $2 for every dollar it takes in. - The Week Magazine, 2/5/10

In Mississippi, legislators tried to pass a bill to let restaurants prohibit obese people from dining. - Los Angeles Times, 2/1/10

If you're an American, the odds are 1 in 40 (2.46%) that you're currently in the U.S. criminal justice system (incarcerated, on parole, or on probation). - The Week Magazine, 9/25/09

47% of all U.S. households will owe no federal income tax in 2009. - The Week Magazine, 10/16/09

South Carolina state attorney Roland Corning was busted with a stripper, sex toys and Viagra in a Columbia, South Carolina cemetery recently. - Newsweek, 11/9/09

Drug investigators raided a Polk County, Florida home in a search for drugs. They were caught on a security camera playing Wii bowling for nine straight hours. - The Week Magazine, 10/9/09

Chinese officials have smeared butter along a 1,000-foot-long steel bridge to prevent people from jumping off it. - The Week Magazine, 9/11/09

The United States is the only developed nation where medical bankruptcies occur. - Newsweek, 9/21/09

Dr. Jason Newsom, head of Bay County Health Department (Florida) was fired for speaking out about the dangers of doughnuts. County Commissioner Mike Thomas owns a doughnut shop. - The Week Magazine, 8/28/09

George Vera was searched three times upon entering the prison system in Texas. He was there for 36 hours before he confessed he had a handgun and ammunition hidden in his folds of fat. Vera weighs 600 pounds. - The Week Magazine, 8/21/09

A Kenyan man offered Hillary Clinton 20 cows and 40 goats for her daughter Chelsea's hand in marriage. - The Week Magazine, 8/21/09

The border between Italy and Switzerland has been redrawn due to global warming's effect on Alpine glaciers. - The Week Magazine, 7/3/09

As a cost-cutting measure, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is allowing some prisoners to transfer themselves, unescorted, from one prison to another. - The Week Magazine, 7/3/09

43 children were on the business end of 50,000 volt stun guns when Florida prison officials had "Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day". - The Week Magazine, 5/29/09

The state of Iowa has changed the name of the Department of Elder Affairs to the Department of Aging. Many people are objecting to the new name, especially when being referred to by the inevitable acronym. - The Week Magazine, 3/20/09

Opal Walker, a 79-year-old Florida woman, has received an "urgent invitation" to join the United States Marine Corps. - The Week Magazine, 3/20/09

In some Boulder, Colorado classrooms, students sit on exercise balls. The students supposedly can work out their restlessness and concentrate more on their studies. - CBS4 (Denver), 3/18/09

Traffic officers in Gainesville, Florida issued seven tickets to a BMW for illegal parking in a two week period. A neighbor finally called police who found a dead body in the back seat. - The Week Magazine, 3/13/09

All the U.S. coins and bills in circulation have a total worth of $829 billion. Two thirds of that is held overseas. - Discover Magazine, 4/09
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