Monday, September 26, 2011


Before settling on the name of Tiny Tim for his character in "A Christmas Carol", three other alliterative names were considered by Charles Dickens. They were: Little Larry, Puny Pete and Small Sam

The first "Hello" badge used to identify guests and hosts at conventions, parties, etc. was traced back to September 1880. It was on that date that the first Telephone Operators Convention was held at Niagara Falls and the "Hello" badge was created for that event
Above is an example of a modern-day Hello badge, with the tag "Fresh"
The father of the Pink Flamingo (the plastic lawn ornament) is Don Featherstone of Massachusetts. Featherstone graduated from art school and went to work as a designer for Union Products, a Leominster, Mass., company that manufactures flat plastic lawn ornaments. He designed the pink flamingo in 1957 as a follow up project to his plastic duck. Today, Featherstone is president and part owner of the company that sells an average of 250,000 to 500,000 plastic pink flamingos a year
Zip code 12345 is assigned to General Electric in Schenectady, New York

The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments

On average, there are 333 squares of toilet paper on a roll

Approximately sixty circus performers have been shot from cannons - according to the most recent data, thirty-one of these have been killed  

Most insects used in a film: 22 million bees in The Swarm

Asians are the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. There were close to 10 million Asians living in the U.S. in 1995. That number is expected to top 40 million by 2050 - Hispanics are a fast growing ethnic minority in the US and may outnumber other ethnic groups, but Asians are the fastest growing

The word "hurricane" is derived from the name of the West Indian god of storms, Huracan

The name "Crayola" is a combination of the French word for chalk ("craie") and "ola" from the "oleanginous," which means "oily" - the crayon company began in 1903 offering just eight colors and now offers 120 colors as well as a variety of products including marker pens that are erasable  (Pictured below is an original package of Crayola Crayons on the market in 1903)

Forty percent of child psychologists in the US advise parents of preschoolers to “confirm Santa’s existence” leaving the remaining 60 percent divided between "deny the existence" and "unsure"

No true mosses grow in salt water

With its intense, narcotic perfume, lilac, especially white lilac, is considered an unlucky plant in certain parts of the British Isles. It is among the least welcomed flowers for hospital patients, though some people believe that lilac blossoms with five petals brings luck to those who find them

In ancient Rome, wealthy Romans always drank from goblets made of quartz crystal. They believed the transparent mineral was a safeguard against their enemies, because legend had it that a cup carved from the transparent mineral would not hold poison

Electrical hearing aids were invented in 1901 by Miller R. Hutchinson   

Western Electric mass-produced color telephones for the first time in 1954 in North America (Pictured below is an early color model from 1955 that also introduced another innovation- the wall-mounted phone)

A "winkle" is an edible sea snail 

When a snail hatches from an egg, it is a miniature adult, shell and all. The shell grows with the snail, and the snail never leaves the shell

Bricks are the oldest manufactured building material still in use. Egyptians used them 7,000 years ago

Most Panama hats are manufactured in Ecuador

There are one-celled creatures that have the properties of both plants and animals. An example is the flagellate Euglena, which propels itself through the water like an animal by means of undulating snakelike appendages. Also, it contains chlorophyll, a substance as characteristic of plants as blood is of animals  

The word “struthious” refers to something that resembles or is related to ostriches

Chimpanzees have been trained to have recognition vocabularies of 100 to 200 words. They can distinguish among different grammatical patterns
Polyp, fish, worm, plant, crab, mollusk, and plankton in symbiotic relationship (the habitual living together of organisms of different species) make up a coral reef

A normal cow's stomach has four compartments: the rumen, the recticulum (storage area), the omasum (where water is absorbed), and the abomasum ( the only compartment with digestive juices)

The police officers' union in Scranton, Pennsylvania filed a state unfair labor practice complaint in April 2011 against Chief Dan Duffy because he arrested a man whom he caught violating a warrant and possessing marijuana. According to the union contract, only union members can "apprehend and arrest" lawbreakers, and since the chief is "management," he should have called an officer to make the arrest. The union president suggested that, with layoffs threatened, the chief doesn't need to be taking work away from officers 

Adam Yarbrough, 22, ticketed by a female police officer in Indianapolis in March 2011 after he was observed swerving in and out of traffic on an Interstate highway, allegedly compounded the problem first by offering the
cop "five dollars" to "get rid of this ticket" and then by "[H]ow about I give you a kiss?" Felony bribery charges were filed. (Bonus Fact: Yarbrough was riding a moped) 

The local board of health closed down the Wing Wah Chinese restaurant in South Dennis, Massachusetts briefly in August 1992 for various violations. The most serious, said officials, was the restaurant's practice of draining water from cabbage by putting it in cloth laundry bags, placing the bags between two pieces of plywood in the parking lot, and driving over them with a van. Said Health Director Ted Dumas, "I've seen everything now" 

Monday, September 19, 2011


In May 2011, the United Nations Population Division released its report called World Population Prospectus, a set of population projections out to the year 2100 for the earth and for individual countries.  Global population is expected to rise to 10.1 billion (from its current 6.8 billion humans) and the following is a list of what the U.N. believes will be the most populous countries:
1) India - 1,550,899,000
2) China - 941,042,000
3) Nigeria - 729,885,000
4) United States - 478,026,000
5) Tanzania - 316,338,000
6) Pakistan - 261,271,000
7) Indonesia - 254,178,000
8) Democratic Republic of the Congo - 212,113,000
9) Philippines - 177,803,000
10) Brazil - 177,349,000
11) Uganda - 171,190,000
12) Kenya - 160,009,000
13) Bangladesh - 157,134,000
14) Ethiopia - 150,140,000
15) Iraq - 145,276,000
16) Zambia - 140,348,000
17) Niger - 139,209,000
18) Malawi - 129,502,000
19) Sudan - 127,621,000*
20) Mexico - 127,081,000
Of note on this list is the fact that while most nations are expected to decrease in population, many African nations make this top 20 forecast, including Nigeria, which takes the number three spot and bumps the United States to fourth.  *Population projections for Sudan are not reduced for the creation of South Sudan.

Currently, about 1 in 20 people on the planet is a resident of the United States

United States population by year:
  • 1790, the year of the first census of the U.S.A.:  3,929,214
  • 1900, the U.S.A. population jumped to 75,994,575
  • In 1920 the census counted more than a hundred million people (105,710,620)
  • Another 100 million people were added to the United States population in just fifty years when the two hundred million barrier was reached in 1970 with 203,302,031 counted in the census.
  • The 2000 Census counted a U.S.A. population of 281,421,906. 
  • Six years later the U.S. population had grown to 300 million. 
  • At 7:46 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the United States population officially reached 300 million.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau expects the U.S.A. population to grow to reach these estimates over the next few decades: 
                      2010 - 309,162,581                      
                      2020 - 336,031,546
                      2030 - 363,811,435
                      2040 - 392,172,658
                      2043 - 400,527,776 (the year of 400 million)
                      2050 - 420,080,587
      Prior to the late nineteenth century, time keeping was a purely local phenomenon. Each town would set their clocks to noon when the sun reached its zenith each day. A clockmaker or town clock would be the "official" time and the citizens would set their pocket watches and clocks to the time of the town - enterprising citizens would offer their services as mobile clock setters, carrying a watch with the accurate time to adjust the clocks in customer's homes on a weekly basis. Travel between cities meant having to change one's pocket watch upon arrival

      In 1878, Canadian Sir Sanford Fleming proposed the system of worldwide time zones that we use today. He recommended that the world be divided into twenty-four time zones, each spaced 15 degrees of longitude apart. Since the earth rotates once every 24 hours and there are 360 degrees of longitude, each hour the earth rotates one-twenty-fourth of a circle or 15 degrees of longitude
      United States railroad companies began utilizing Fleming's standard time zones on November 18, 1883. In 1884 an International Prime Meridian Conference was held in Washington D.C. to standardize time and select the prime meridian. The conference selected the longitude of Greenwich, England as zero degrees longitude and established the 24 time zones based on the prime meridian. Although the time zones had been established, not all countries switched immediately. Though most U.S. states began to adhere to the Pacific, Mountain, Central, and Eastern time zones by 1895, Congress didn't make the use of these time zones mandatory until the Standard Time Act of 1918

      Today, many countries operate on variations of the time zones proposed by Sir Fleming. All of China (which should span five time zones) uses a single time zone - eight hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (known by the abbreviation UTC - based on the time zone running through Greenwich at 0 degrees longitude). Australia uses three time zones - its central time zone is a half-hour ahead of its designated time zone. Several countries in the Middle East and South Asia also utilize half-hour time zones

      July 21, 1873:  The first train robbery in America was pulled off as Jesse James and his gang took $3,000 from the Rock Island Express at Adair, Iowa

      A recent U.S. study purports that there are fewer births 9 months after a heat wave. The study found that an increase of 12 degrees Celsius (approximately 21.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in summer temperatures reduces births the following spring by up to 6 percent. Researchers at Kinsey Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University concluded that high temperatures could reduce people's sense of well-being, which could result in a reduction in sexual interest. Another study found lower sperm counts and higher rates of miscarriage during hot weather

      Over 15 billion prizes have been given away in Cracker Jacks boxes

      The golden silk orb-weavers (genus Nephila) are a genus of araneomorph spiders noted for the impressive webs they weave. Nephila consists of numerous individual species found around the world. They are also commonly called golden orb-weavers, giant wood spiders, or banana spiders. In North America, the golden silk orb-weavers (see also Nephila clavipes) are sometimes referred to as writing spiders due to occasional zigzag patterns (stabilimenta) built into their webs, though these occur much more frequently in the webs of Argiope, such as the St Andrew's Cross spider. The females usually eat their mate 

      Brazil and the Côte d'Ivoire are leaders in the cocoa bean belt, accounting for nearly half of the world's cocoa

      The name of the first airplane flown at Kitty Hawk by the Wright Brothers, on December 17, 1903, was "Flyer." The maiden flight of Flyer, however, was less than a flight — the plane stayed in the air only 12 seconds (about as long as a chicken can stay in flight). The brothers flew three more times that day, with their final flight covering 852 feet in 59 seconds  

      A whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound

      Potatoes were banned in Burgundy in 1910 because it was said, "frequent use caused leprosy"  

      Orca whales are voluntary breathers. For this reason, they sleep with only half of their brain at one time. The other half remains alert to regulate breathing. Resident whales typically remain near the surface, breathing and swimming in a pattern. When traveling together, resident pods have been observed to breathe in unison. Although it is not known why this occurs, it could be a way of helping the pod keep tabs on one another 

      Since its first appearance in 1912, OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies have remained the best-selling cookie in America. The basic design of the cookie has not changed for more than 50 years.  Over 491 billion Oreo cookies have been sold since they were first introduced, making them the best selling cookie of the 20th century 

      Norway  In 2004, the convenience store chain Deli de Luca started selling Oreo in all of their stores. It was welcomed by consumers, and is the top-selling cookie to young people. Other larger chains in Norway (Ica, Rema 1000, Meny and Ultra) began selling Oreo cookies as well, but in 2005, the stores stopped the importation to Norway because Kraft Foods took over

      UK  In May 2008, following stocking of Oreo cookies in the supermarket chain Sainsbury's, Kraft decided to fully launch the Oreo across the UK, repackaged in the more familiar British tube design, accompanied with a £4.5M television advertising campaign around the 'twist, lick, dunk' catchphrase.   Kraft recently partnered with McDonald's to bring the Oreo McFlurry (already on sale in many countries) to a few McDonald's locations during its yearly Great Tastes of America promotions. The UK Oreo website gives a slightly different ingredients list to that of the US product. Unlike the US version, UK Oreos contain whey powder and so are not suitable for people who avoid milk products

      Canada  In Canada, Oreo products are sold and made under the Christies brand. However, the Canadian version contains coconut oil, giving it a different taste from its American counterpart

      Poland  In February 2011 Oreo hit Polish supermarkets and shops. It features a huge ad campaign. After becoming a success, Kraft Foods Polska decided to introduce new flavors by the end of 2011

      Croatia  In February 2011, Oreo initiated a large advertising campaign, and the product is now available in supermarkets and shops. It is also availible in local McDonald's restaurants as an addition to McFlurry ice cream

      India  It was first introduced in India in March 2011 and is currently under Cadbury, a major chocolate brand. Before the launch of the brand in India, Britannia Industries launched a similar brand named Treat-O

      China  Oreo cookies were introduced to Chinese consumers in 1996 and sales gradually grew in the fast-growing Chinese biscuit market. In 2006 Oreo became the best-selling cookie in the People's Republic of China, after altering its recipe to have a lower sugar content to suit local tastes.  Kraft Foods also introduced smaller size packages of Oreo cookies that became more affordable to the majority of Chinese consumers. Kraft began a grassroots marketing campaign in China to educate Chinese consumers about the American tradition of pairing milk with cookies. The company created an Oreo apprentice program at 30 Chinese universities that drew 6,000 student applications. Three hundred of the applicants were trained to become Oreo brand ambassadors, and some students rode around Beijing on bicycles with wheel covers resembling Oreo cookies and handed out cookies to more than 300,000 consumers. Others organized Oreo-themed basketball games to reinforce the idea of dunking cookies in milk. Television commercials depicted children twisting apart Oreo cookies, licking the cream center and dipping the chocolate cookie halves into glasses of milk

      Although sales improved, Kraft still felt the Oreo could do better and decided to reinvent the traditional, round biscuit to a wafer. The new offering was called Oreo Wafer Sticks and consists of four layers of crispy wafer filled with vanilla and chocolate cream, and on the exterior is coated with chocolate. The wafer was also formulated to ensure that the chocolate coating was not too sweet for Chinese consumers and product could be shipped across the country---withstanding the cold climate in the north and the hot, humid weather in the south.

      The new Oreo was outselling traditional round Oreo cookies in China in 2006, and Kraft has begun selling the wafers elsewhere in Asia, as well as in Australia and Canada. Kraft has also introduced Oreo Wafer Rolls, a tube-shaped wafer lined with cream, in China. The hollow cookie can be used as a straw through which to drink milk
      Over the period of 2006–2007, Kraft doubled its Oreo sales in China, making China the second-largest Oreo market globally behind the United States. With the help of those sales, Oreo revenue topped $1 billion world-wide for the first time in 2007

      "On thermodynamical grounds which I can hardly summarize shortly, I do not much believe in the commercial possibility of induced radio-activity."
      - J.B.S. Haldane, biologist, Deadalus, 1923

      The name of the game “cricket” is believed to have been derived in the late 1500s from the Middle French word criquet, meaning “goalpost”

      There are no penguins at the North Pole. In fact, there are no penguins anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere (outside of zoos). All 17 varieties of the bird are found in the Southern Hemisphere, primarily in the Antarctica

      Before he pursued a career in the music industry, Elvis Costello worked as a computer operator at an Elizabeth Arden cosmetics factory
      Costello poses for some early-career still shots, here posing on a bed with his only "love"
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      The initial explanation by Melvin Jackson, 48, upon his arrest in June for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in Kansas City was to deny that he would ever do such a thing. Rather, he said, "I thought the lady was dead"

      The initial explanation by Thomas O'Neil, 47, upon his arrest in Wausau, Wisconsin in June 2011 for criminal damage to property (breaking into a neighbor's garage and defecating on the floor) was to claim that he thought he was in his own garage

      Budget cuts forced the closure of two of the three firehouses in Chillicothe, Ohio (pop. 22,000), and even that station failed a state fire marshal's inspection in March 2011. Because the station's own alarm system was broken, the chief was required, until the new system is installed, to assign one firefighter per shift to be on full-time patrol at the station, walking around the grounds constantly, upstairs, downstairs, looking for fires

      Monday, September 12, 2011


      The sport and recreational activity with the largest expenses (medical, legal, and others) due to injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 1995 was bicycling, with costs exceeding $4 billion. More than half a million bicycling injuries were documented. A huge percentage of those injuries were head injuries, which could have been prevented had riders worn protective helmets

      A magic potion or charm thought to arouse sexual love, especially toward a specific person, is known as a "philter"

      Eugene-Francois Vidocq, a French thief and outlaw, evaded the police for years, turned police spy, joined the force as a detective, and ultimately used his knowledge of crime to establish a new crime-fighting organization, the Surete - the Surete was a specialized police force akin to the FBI or CIA that used covert operations to reach their objectives.  Vidocq is regarded as the world's first private detective

      The United States Department of Agriculture reports that the average American eats eight-and-a-half pounds of pickles a year. Dill pickles are twice as popular as sweet

      In December of 1957, Shippingport, Pennsylvania became the site of the first full-scale nuclear power plant in the U.S. The plant was able to generate 60 megawatts of electricity after reaching full power 21 days after going on-line

      Of the four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all named after artists and/or sculptors, Donatello does not occur in the same time period as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael 

      The first foreign monarch to patent an invention in the U.S. was King Hassan II of Morocco. He was issued a patent for an invention that combined videotape and an electrocardiogram to study heart performance

      Shrimp is the top seafood ordered in restaurants, followed by salmon and swordfish, according to a National Restaurant Association survey
      The Cairo Opera House was destroyed by fire in 1970. The Cairo fire station was located inside the same building
      Women who are stay-at-home wives and mothers are, as a whole, less likely to commit adultery than women who work outside of the home

      Woodbury Soap was the first product to use a picture of a nude woman in its advertisements. In 1936, a photo by Edward Steichen showed a rear full-length view of a woman sunbathing 

      Worldwide, the most common environmental allergy is dust

      On the human intelligence scale, pigs are third removed from humans, while dogs are 13th removed, and only primates and dolphines are smarter than pigs. They are quick one time learners, and some learn by watching others

      Wrigley's promoted their new spearmint-flavored chewing gum in 1915 by mailing 4 sample sticks to each of the 1.5 million names listed in US telephone books

      You burn more calories sleeping than watching television

      Dark yellow to yellowish-green urine may mean that you are under-hydrated and should drink more water

      You would have to walk 80 kilometers (50 miles) for your legs to equal the amount of exercise your eyes get daily, assuming you are a sighted person

      You would need to travel at 6.95 miles per second to escape the Earth’s gravitational pull. This is equivalent to traveling from New York to Philadelphia in about twenty seconds

      Your body releases growth hormones when you sleep, until you stop growing and your brain will stop growing in size when you are about 15 years old - once you reach age 21, you are done growing and no longer release the hormones to help with growth

      Your nostrils take turns inhaling

      At its peak in 1943, the Pentagon had a working population of about 33,000. Today, even with the US at war with Afghanistan and Iraq, about 23,000 employees work in the building

      A "hairbreadth away" is 1/48 of an inch

      If the Earth was smooth, the ocean would cover the entire surface to a depth of 12,000 feet

      Every queen named Jane has either been murdered, imprisoned, gone mad, died young, or been dethroned

      Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895. The idea for using electric Christmas lights came from an American, Ralph E. Morris. The new lights proved safer than the traditional candles  (Though not in color, below is the first electric-lit Christmas tree in the home of Ralph E. Morris in 1895)

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      A 200-exhibit installation on the history of dirt and filth and their importance in our lives opened in a London gallery in March 2011, featuring the ordinary (dust), the educational (a video tribute to New York's Fresh Kills landfill, at one time the world's largest), the medical (vials of historic, nasty-looking secretions from cholera victims), and the artistic (bricks fashioned from feces gathered by India's Dalits, who hand-clean latrines). Dirt may worry us as a society, said the exhibit's curator, but we have learned that we "need
      bits of it and, guiltily, secretly, we are sometimes drawn to it."  Capping the exhibit, leaning against a wall, was what appeared at a distance to be an ordinary broom but whose handle was studded with diamonds and pearls

      The CIA recently won two court rulings allowing the agency to refuse comment about its former contractor Dennis Montgomery- rulings that issues involving him are "state secrets" (despite strong evidence that the main "secret" is merely how foolish the agency, and the U.S. Air Force, were to pay Montgomery at least $20 million for bogus software following 9-11, according to a February New York Times report). Montgomery, a small-time gambler who said he was once abducted by aliens, convinced the two agencies that his sophisticated software could detect secret al-Qaeda messages embedded in video pixels on Al Jazeera's news website.  According to the Times report, Montgomery has not been charged with wrongdoing and is not likely to be, since the agencies do not want their gullibility publicized

      Monday, September 5, 2011


      "E" is the most frequently used letter in the English alphabet, "Q" is the least - When speaking English, "I" is the most common word spoken and, therefore, the most common letter used 

      According to the Detroit Free Press, 68% of professional hockey players have lost at least one tooth during a game in professional hockey during the past 50 years

      The favorite wins fewer than 30 percent of all horse races

      The human eyes can perceive more than 1 million simultaneous visual impressions and are able to discriminate among nearly 8 million gradations of color

      The word "karate" means "empty hand" 

      When young, the hoatzin, a crested, olive-colored South American bird, has claws on its wings  (The hoatzin pictured below is about to take flight- the claws on its wings are located on the underside and near the edges, and are not fully extended unless the bird is snagging the skin of its prey - slightly visible are the white ends of the claws in this picture)

      The first lightweight luggage designed for air travel was conceived by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart

      Vampire bats do not suck blood - They bite, then lick up the flow  (Pictured below a vampire bat has large ears that help with navigation - the bat uses echo-location - and large teeth for biting, and to many people can look menacing... and not only can they fly, but they usually bite a sleeping mammal (their typical prey) by walking up to it, and they can walk away at about 4 miles an hour)

      The human heart beats about 70 times per minute, the shrew's 600 times a minute, a hummingbird's heart can beat up to 1,300 times per minute. By comparison, the blue whale, the largest mammal in the world has a heart that weighs 1,300 lbs and beats only about 10 times per minute

      In the American film industry, a "chute cowboy" is a slang expression for experienced parachutists that either perform or assist with stunts involving parachutes - nearly half of these "cowboys" are stunt women

      "Lobster shift" is American slang for the night shift of a newspaper staff or late-night delivery person who would deliver newspapers to storefronts - the term, though accepted now as meaning only a late-night worker, was originally a derogatory term - lobsters were believed to be stupid animals, and those who could find work only at night were deemed as less competent, and were often immigrants not fluent with the English language

      A quart-size pail holds 8 million grains of sand

      Aluminum forms one-twelfth of the Earth's crust  

      Lightning kills more people in the US than any other natural disaster: an average of 400 dead and 1,000 injured yearly  (Pictured below a man's scar from a lightning strike has left an image that resembles the strikes we see in the sky)

      Lightning strikes the earth 1000 times a minute

      Horse racing is one of the most ancient sports, originating in Central Asia among prehistoric nomadic tribesmen around 4500 B.C.E.   When humans began keeping written records, horse racing was already an organized sport throughout the world  (Discovered in the late 1800s, this cave drawing in northern China depicts horse racing, with the large horse representing the winner)
      Americans consume more than 10 billion bowls of soup each year

      In 1951, Jack in the Box opened its first restaurant in San Diego, California, pioneering the drive-thru concept and featuring 18-cent hamburgers - Jack in the Box was the first fast-food restaurant to introduce the fast-food breakfast
      (1951) America's first drive-thru caters to the order of a car in the vintage photograph
      It has been estimated that at least a million meteors have hit the Earth's land surface, which is only 25 percent of the planet. Every last trace of more than 99 percent of the craters thus formed has vanished, erased by wind, water, and living things

      While known as a painter, sculptor, architect, and engineer, Leonard da Vinci was the first to record that the number of rings in the cross section of a tree trunk revealed its age. He also discovered that the width between the rings indicated the annual moisture 

      The first spacecraft to send back pictures of the far side of the Moon was Luna 3 in October 1959. The photographs covered about 70 percent of the far side  (Pictured below is the Luna 3 and an image of the far side of the moon)

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      China's Zisiqiao Village in Zhejiang province is actually headquarters for the country's revered snake industry, with 160 families raising about three million serpents a year, mostly to harvest livers and gall bladders for soup, wine, and other products consumed for their immunity-building properties. In a June Reuters dispatch, one farmer described the 25-year evolution of "Snake Town" from a place where farmers simply threw males and females together for breeding to today's sophisticated production facilities that supply proper snake diets, research measures to enrich female fertility, and provide enhanced incubation conditions  

      Alleged gang members Barbara Lee, 45, and Marco Ibanez, 19, were arrested in Hallandale Beach, Florida in April and charged in the assault and stabbing of four deaf people. Lee was at the Ocean's Eleven Lounge one evening when she saw several people in a group make hand signs that she interpreted as disrespecting her own gang's signs, and, according to police, left to recruit Ibanez to come administer retribution. Unknown to Lee or Ibanez, the group were deaf people using sign language and had no idea they were making "gang" signs 

      Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee apologized and paid the bill in June for exhuming the body of the recently-deceased Kenneth Manis. The man who had shared Mr. Manis's hospital room during his final days had reported that his dentures were missing, and the hospital determined that they had been mistakenly buried with Mr. Manis  

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