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The co-pilot of the regional aire carrier Colgan Air that crashed in Buffalo in February 2009 made only $16,000 per year. - The Week Magazine, 5/26/09

The first Italian restaurant has recently opened in North Korea. Kim Jong Il had chefs trained in Italy for the new restaurant. - The Telegraph (UK), 3/16/09

If you were one of the seven people who had correctly picked the first four horses (the superfecta) in the 2005 Kentucky Derby, you would have won $864,253 on your $2 gamble. The trifecta (picking the first three horses in order) paid $133,134 on a $2 gamble. - USA Today, 5/7/05

Every year, up to 10,000 steel shipping containers snap loose from the decks of storm-tossed ships, scattering their contents in the seas. - Wired Magazine, 4/09

Landfills are getting up to 30% less trash because of the troubling economy. - Seattle Times, 3/15/09

Across the nation, 19 million houses and apartments -- nearly one out of every seven -- are vacant, the highest percentage since the 1960s. - New York Times, 3/6/09

Teens with cell phones average 2,272 text messages a month. - Charleston (West Virginia) Daily Mail, 2/22/09

A person can earn $50 per hour sitting on balloons while being filmed (for fetish videos). - Time Magazine, 3/30/09

The average total sales price in January 2009 for a house in Detroit, Michigan was $6,035. - North County Times, 3/15/09

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

A deer with an injured leg bounded into a PetSmart in Ohio recently. The deer got stitched up by the on-duty veterinarian and then bounded out of the store. - The Week Magazine, 2/20/09

Dane Cook's half-brother was arrested for embezzling over $10,000,000 from the comedian. - The Week Magazine, 1/16/09

Richard Branson has offered US Airways pilot/hero Chesley Sullenberger double his salary if he comes to work for Virgin Air. - The Week Magazine, 2/13/09

General Motors lost $181,000 each minute of the second quarter 2008. - Newsweek, 12/29/08

Out of the 11,585 stock mutual funds tracked by Morningstar, Inc., 11,584 have lost money in 2008. The sole exception, APX Midcap Growth Fund, posted a market-beating return of 0%. - The Week Magazine, 12/5/08

Walmart has more than 2,100,000 employees - about the same as the entire population of the country Latvia. - Fast Company, 12/08

The odds are 1 out of 7 (14%) that you have replaced your land-line phone with your cell phone. - The Week Magazine, 12/26/08

25% of employees who use the Internet visit porn sites during the workday. - Time Magazine, 12/8/08

Gas stations are actually making more profit now that gas prices are much lower. - The Week Magazine, 12/12/08

An Iowa man is suing Martha Stewart and KMart for an injury caused by a deck chair. Patrick Albanese claims he is no longer able to perform magic and play the banjo, due to his severed fingertip. - Des Moines Register, 11/18/08

Because of taxes, the average cost of a pack of cigarettes in New York City is $8.66. - The Week Magazine, 11/28/08

A Brazilian lingerie designer has introduced a line of lacy underthings fitted with GPS devices to track the woman wearing them. - The Week Magazine, 11/14/08

Twinkies are now coming in those 100 calorie packs. - New York Daily News, 11/3/08

In the first three months of 2009, there were 21 days when the Dow Jones average fell or rose by 2% or more. This never happened in the entire year 2006. - The Week Magazine, 5/22/09

Despite the recession, vitamin sales have risen 8% this year. - Time Magazine, 4/20/09

The best selling vehicle in the United States in April 2009 was the Honda Accord. This was the first time in 18 years the Ford F-150 truck wasn't the best selling vehicle in America. - The Week Magazine, 5/15/09
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