Crystal meth in North Korea
North Korea is experiencing a crystal meth epidemic, reports the journal North Korea Review. The government started making meth, or “ice,” in factories to sell abroad to raise cash, but it’s now being made in home labs for locals. More than 40 percent of the population is addicted to the drug in some areas.
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No danger from asteroids?
Over the past 15 years, the U.S. has spent less money on detecting asteroids headed toward Earth than the production budget of the 1998 asteroid movie Armageddon.
Fewer deaths from lightning strikes
Deaths by lightning strike have fallen precipitously since 1968—by 79 percent for men and 71 percent for women. The main reason, researchers believe, is that weather forecasting has become far more accurate, so people get inside before thunderstorms strike.
What Republicans like about Obamacare
More Republicans than Democrats are taking advantage of an Obamacare provision that allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health-care plans until age 26. A study by the Commonwealth Fund found that 63 percent of Republicans ages 19 to 25 remained on their parents’ health-care plans this year, compared with 45 percent of young Democrats.
Sales of razor blades fall
Razor blade sales have fallen by about 10 percent, the companies that sell them report, possibly because so many young hipsters wear beards.