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Every man, woman and child who resides in Alaska will receive a check for $3,269 in late 2008 - their share of Alaska's oil wealth. - Associated Press, 9/5/08

Residents of some cities in North Texas are swamping the 911 system with calls of gunfire. A 2005 state law allows dove hunters to fire shotguns or rifles within city limits. - (Dallas, TX), 9/7/08

Teachers in Harrold, Texas are now permitted to carry guns as a defense against a Columbine-like massacre. - Houston Chronicle, 8/15/08

Mick Jagger turned 65 in 2008 - and now he is eligible for a state pension of $180 per week. - Reuters, 7/25/08

There were 123,833 homeless people in the United States in 2007. That's a 30% decline from 2005. - USAToday, 7/29/08

Texas spends more than any other state ($17,000,000 annually) on abstinence-only sex education programs. Unfortunately, the rate of high school students having sex (according to federal statistics) for Texas is 52.9%, compared with 47.8% nationally. - The Week Magazine, 8/1/08

Flint, Michigan is cracking down on wearing oversized jeans. Flint's interim police chief David Dicks has said that showing underwear or bare buttocks because of the saggy pants is a national nuisance. - Detroit Free Press, 7/8/08

Several pornographic websites have reported an "upswing in sales" since American taxpayers have received their economic stimulus checks from the government. - United Press International, 7/7/08

Zimbabwe currently has a 2,200,000% inflation rate - so the central bank of Zimbabwe has started printing $100,000,000,000 banknotes. While it certainly looks impressive, this isn't even enough money to buy a loaf of bread. - CNN, 7/19/08

The Chicago Public School system gave a brand new $15,000 Dodge Caliber to student Ashley Martinez as a reward for her perfect school attendance record. - The Week Magazine, 7/4/08

Nobel Prize winner Al Gore ("An Inconvenient Truth") uses 50% more electricity in a month than the average American does in an entire year. - The Week Magazine, 6/27/08

A Romanian village re-elected their mayor even though he died on election day. - NPR, 6/17/08

Darryl Brudevold ran unopposed for re-election for mayor in Pillsbury, North Dakota. Nobody voted for him, not even Brudevold himself. The mayor has asked state election officials what to do now. - NPR, 6/16/08

2.4% of all Americans are in the criminal justice system somehow. 7,200,000 Americans are now either behind bars, on probation, or on parole. - The Week Magazine, 6/27/08

Former Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee may have saved candidate (for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina) Robert Pittenger's life by administering the Heimlich maneuver at the recent North Carolina Republican Party convention. - CNN, 6/8/08

Lillian Cox recently had her drivers' license renewed for three years. She's been driving since 1915 - Lillian is 101 years old. - (Orlando, FL), 5/29/08

New taxes have increased the price of a pack of cigarettes to over $10 in New York City. - WNBC News (New York City), 6/2/08

Tim Ignasiak was cited by police for failure to wear a seat belt. Half an hour later, his jeep was hit by a car that ran a red light. Tim's seat belt saved him from serious injury. - Pennsylvania Express News, 5/28/08

It is now impossible for a student to get a grade less than 50 on a test (rather than zero) at many elementary schools. Educators say the adjustment would "encourage student performance". - USAToday, 5/21/08

Children in Clara City, Minnesota now only attend school four days a week, as the school district has cancelled all classes on Monday to save money. - Clara City Herald, 5/14/08

A Wisconsin man was a passenger in a car pulled over by police. Afraid of getting arrested for some unpaid traffic fines, he gave a fake name when asked. Eventually he had to admit his lie as he gave the name of a wanted murderer. - WTOP News, 5/5/08
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