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On 19 nights in the 2004-2005 television season, Univision (which broadcasts in Spanish) has ranked number 1 among the 18-to-34-year-old viewers (the demographic that advertisers pay a premium to reach), according to Nielsen Media Research. - Baltimore Sun, 5/9/05

Apple is the fastest growing brand in the world according to a study that measures earning growth along with brand awareness. - Forbes, 6/20/05

A theatre in Springfield, Illinois that was showing the newest Star Wars movie was robbed by someone in a Darth Vader mask. - E! Online, 5/24/05

Total annual spending on weddings has risen to $125 billion, according to a recent survey by the Fairchild Bridal Group. This is as much as Ireland's yearly gross domestic product. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/10/05

Northwest Airlines will stop serving pretzels on its flights. This is estimated to save them $2,000,000 per year. - Contra Costa Times, 5/27/05

A robbery attempt and a gunshot wound to the leg didn't stop a Tampa pizza delivery man from making his deliveries. Thomas Stefanelli says it was "dedication" that drove him to deliver four pizzas after being shot in the thigh by a man in a Halloween mask who pointed a gun and demanded money. -, 6/8/05

A 24-hour suicide hot line in Canada will only be open between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays because of budget cuts. - Houston Chronicle, 5/27/05

The owners of Jo's Brasserie, a restaurant in Queensland Australia, face heavy fines for painting over a dead rat in the kitchen rather than bothering to sweep it up. -, 5/4/05

The Sea Harvest Restaurant in New Smyrna Beach, Florida sells fish like white snapper and silver snapper. These species do not exist. A manager of the restaurant admits the fish is actually cod. - MSNBC, 5/10/05

US Airways mistakenly sold round-trip flights for $1.86 to more than 1,000 customers over an April 2005 weekend. US Air, which is operating in bankruptcy, said it will honor the tickets. It blamed the prices on a computer glitch. -, 4/19/05

Burger King has launched its Enormous Omelet Sandwich. One sausage patty, two eggs, two American cheese slices and three strips of bacon, on a bun. It has 730 calories and 47 grams of fat. - USA Today, 3/28/05

According to an estimate by industry analyst Gartner, approximately 133,000 PCs are disposed of per day in the US. - The Week Magazine, 4/22/05

Health care benefits to GM workers add $1,500 to the price of every GM car made in the United States. - Detroit News, 3/11/04

The decision by the North American ice hockey league, the NHL, to cancel its entire season following a lockout left hundreds of highly paid sporting superstars out of work. But rather than hang up their skates, more than 70 are now playing in Russia. - BBC News, 3/12/05

Once hot and trendy, low-carb Atkins diet foods that never got sold are being shipped to food banks. In the past six months, 14 truckloads of Atkins Nutritional bars, shakes and breakfast mixes have been sent to charities that hand out free food. - Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/8/05

Americans spent $1.2 billion in 2004 on ringtones, wallpaper and other "personalization" services and an additional $1.4 billion on cell-phone games and other entertainment. - Time, 4/4/05

McDonald's will soon pay rappers to use the term "Big Mac" in their lyrics. Each time a song with a Big Mac reference is played on the radio, the artist will get between $1 and $5. - New York Daily News, 3/28/05

Ten years ago, China didn't have a single ski resort. Now it has over 200. -, 3/7/05

A Chevron station in West Covina, California boasts a chandelier, marble walls, sculptured art and gold fixtures. Owner Paul Moghadan says he "wanted to show how much I respect my customers." - Miami Herald, 3/16/05

Wal-Mart's profit in 2004 were $20,000 per minute. - New York Times, 2/27/05

Spam filters are never perfect, but their job is made more difficult by the fact that the word "Specialist" has the word "cialis" embedded in it. - San Jose Mercury-News, 2/24/04
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