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Starbucks says China is their #1 growth market. At $6 a cup, the coffee costs more than the average Chinese worker earns in a day. -, 2/14/06

Cheap red wine was used to power environmentally-friendly buses in Sweden because of an ethanol shortage. - New York Times, 9/20/95

Taipei 101 is the world's tallest building - 508 metres (1,667 feet) high. At 700,000 tons, it is among the heaviest. But the sheer size of the Taiwan skyscraper is thought to have triggered two recent earthquakes because of the stress that it exerts on the ground beneath it. - The Guardian, 12/2/05

Americans spend more money on the purchase of garbage bags each year than the combined gross domestic product of 90 of the world's developing countries. - San Diego Union, 12/28/05

On average, every man, woman and child uses three gallons of oil daily. Transportation accounts for two of those gallons. - San Diego Union, 12/28/05

Wikipedia, the open-source on-line encyclopedia that anyone can edit, is nearly as error-free as Encyclopedia Brittanica, according to a team of expert reviewers. - The Guardian, 10/26/04

The ingredient that gives Dannon Boysenberry yogurt and Tropicana Ruby Red Grapefruit juice their distinctive colors comes from crushed female cochineal beetles. - Wall Street Journal, 1/27/06

The average American home today contains more synthetic chemicals than the average chemical plant a century ago. - San Diego Union, 12/28/05

Employees at a Ford Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan will have to drive Ford vehicles to work or park across the street, the plant manager announced earlier this week. - Money Magazine, 1/27/06

A 150 watt personal computer left on continuously for a year consumes the electricity equivalent of 100 gallons of oil. - San Diego Union, 12/28/05

A British company sent out hundreds of packaged hams whose wrappers listed “dog sh*t” as an ingredient. The company blamed an employee’s prank, but customers nonetheless were cautious. - The Week Magazine, 2/3/06

Some of the companies that claimed they were harmed in the 9-11 attacks and received government loans were: a Virgin Islands perfume shop, a Utah dog boutique and a South Dakota radio station. Over 100 Dunkin' Donuts and Subway Sandwich shops in various locations also applied for help. - Associated Press, 12/29/05

Scientists at MIT's Media Lab have invented an alarm clock that makes even the laziest of sleepers, those who repeatedly hit the snooze button, leap out of bed. After the snooze button is pressed, the clock, which is equipped with padding and a set of wheels, rolls off the table to another part of the room. Each day, the clock finds a new place to hide. - MSNBC, 3/22/05

With 62 percent of adults now considered obese or overweight, Mercedes-Benz and Subaru have widened front seats by half an inch for this year’s models, while seats in the 2006 Honda Civic are wider by three-quarters of an inch. - The Week Magazine, 1/6/06

Toilet manufacturers are now starting to use miso (soybean curd) to test their toilets instead of plastic balls. It is said to be more realistic in testing. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12/8/05

Cell phone ringtones generate 2 billion dollars in annual income for the music industry. - Fortune Magazine, 12/12/05

The leading source of malicious code on computers in the workplace is user behavior (employees knowingly clicking on attachments or downloading software indiscriminately). - IT Architect, 12/05

An Ohio business man spent over a half million dollars opening a sports bar before realizing it is located in a district that prohibits the sale of alcohol. - 19 Action News, 12/11/05

The small town of Clark, Texas has renamed itself to be "Dish, Texas" in return for free satellite dishes for all its residents. -, 11/16/05

Apple's iTunes online store is the seventh largest music retailer in the United States, placing it above Tower Records, Borders and Sam Goody. - Billings Gazette, 12/9/05

The original Hollywood sign has sold on eBay for $450,000. - San Jose Mercury News, 12/7/05
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