DEMOCRATS' MOST POPULAR WORD
The word most often uttered by speakers during the Democratic convention last week was “change”—used an average of 89 times a day—followed by “McCain” (78) and “energy” (49). At the 2004 Democratic convention, the most common words were “health care” (47) and “jobs” (42). “Change” was invoked just 11 times.
The New York Times
JELLYFISH POPULATION EXPLODES
If you got stung by a jellyfish at the beach this summer, you were not alone. Scientists say rising ocean temperatures and overfishing of jellyfish predators have spawned an explosion in the jellyfish population worldwide, with the “cockroaches of the sea” now clogging harbors and alarming beachgoers.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
FEWER HOUSEHOLD CHORES
The average 6- to 12-year-old spends just 24 minutes a day doing household chores such as cleaning, loading the dishwasher, and laundry—a 25 percent drop from 1981.
The Wall Street Journal
INDIANS AND ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Nearly 12 percent of American Indians and indigenous Alaskans die as the result of alcohol consumption. That’s more than triple the percentage in the general U.S. population.
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