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In the U.S.A. the cost of college text books has risen with 812% over the last 30 years!


The cost of textbooks has risen 812% in the U.S.A. over the last 30 years.

That’s more than healthcare costs, housing prices and college tuition, although all of those have risen faster than the rate of inflation.

So the question is, what is wrong with the textbook market?

Most of it, in fact 80% of the market, is controlled by only four publishers—Pearson, Cengage, Wiley and McGraw-Hill. This leaves them with a near-monopoly and a LOT of power.

The publishers market their products to professors using aggressive sales tactics. The professors assign these textbooks to the students who end up having to pay the prices charged, not the professors.

Students at public four-year colleges are paying about $1,200 per year for textbooks and course materials!

Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan says: “Just like the ongoing home price increases and housing bubble of the last decade were unsustainable, there is now growing evidence that rising college textbook prices and the ‘college textbook bubble’ are also unsustainable.”

It has now been established that about one out of every three seniors—and one in four freshmen—often don't buy required textbooks because they just can’t afford it. Many students have reverted to sourcing materials illegally online.

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Our tongues only detect 20% of the salt on potato chips, that is why Lay's developed a new 'designer salt' with the same taste that allows them to use 25% less sodium


The average American consumes about twice the daily recommended limit of salt. Too much salt in the diet can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.

The manufacturers of Lay’s potato chips have taken note of this problem and have found a way to lessen the risk without compromising on taste.

They're developing a new designer salt.

The crystals of this salt are shaped and sized differently from that of normal salt and will reduce the amount of sodium consumers will ingest while snacking.

Because of the way our tongues perceive salt, 80% of the salt on potato chips are swallowed before we even taste it! Only 20% is dissolved and tasted by our tongues.

That is why the manufacturers of Lay’s will now be using a powdery ingredient that tastes exactly like salt. It will deliver an initial spike of saltiness, then a body of flavor and lingering sensation, said Dr. Yep, who joined the company in June 2009.

When they tested the designer salt in the United States and in the UK, consumers could not tell the difference between the new and the conventional salt.

By 2015, Lay’s should contain 25% less sodium.

Said Indra Nooyi, Chairman of PepsiCo.: "What we want to do with our "fun for you" products is to make them the healthiest "fun for you" products."

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Rabies has virtually been eradicated in Switzerland. They placed chicken heads laced with vaccine in the Swiss Alps and the foxes ate it and became immune


Between 26,000 and 55,000 people still die of rabies each year! 95% of those deaths occur in Asia and Africa.

It is still present in 150 counties around the world and about 3 billion people live in regions where infections occur.

Most small island nations are virtually rabies free and also Switzerland managed to almost completely eradicate the viral disease.

The Swiss discovered that foxes were the main source of rabies in the country. Dogs are easy to vaccinate, but to get hold of an entire fox population living mostly in the Swiss Alps, is another matter entirely!

If you have ever read European folk tales or even just tried to raise chickens in an area with a fox population, you will know that foxes just love eating chicken. Instead of catching and wrestling with rabid foxes to get them vaccinated, Swiss scientists came up with an idea that is genius in its simplicity.

Chickens were slaughtered and the chicken heads were laced with live attenuated vaccine. Those chicken heads were then placed in the Swiss Alps and the foxes, unable to resist chicken, devoured all the chicken heads offered to them - thereby unknowingly becoming immune to the rabies virus!

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This guy cried wolf 9 times without knowing it


The award for the worst present goes to whoever got this guy an emergency satellite locator beacon.

They should have known better that he wouldn't read the instructions and would end up causing more trouble than he could possibly get into by activating time after time...after time. Turn it off already!

An avid skier was given a very useful tool for those that know how—and when—to use it. A “personal locator beacon” or PLB broadcasts to a international satellites that are linked to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Center every time it is turned off.

The lucky recipient mistook it for an avalanche beacon that should be turned on any time he went skiing.

In a 12 week period, from December 11, 2009 to February 11, 2010 he sent out nine false alarms that were plaguing the rescue teams and law enforcements all winter long.

He was only discovered when he accidentally left the beacon on and drove to a doctor's appointment in Boulder, Colorado where the rescue teams caught up with him and managed to fix the situation.

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Theodore Roosevelt suffered from asthma as a child and the doctors prescribe smoking cigars and drinking whiskey! Not surprisingly, it did not work


When Theodore Roosevelt was a child he suffered from some serious illness. He had debilitating asthma, and the condition was not at all well understood at the time.

To treat his coughing and breathing problems, doctors prescribed anything from smoking cigars and drinking whiskey and coffee to vacations at the coast!

Of course the first three of these suggestions are now known to do more harm than good. His family tried all the suggested treatments, but not surprisingly, none of them worked.

Theodore also suffered from headaches, toothache and abdominal pains. Eventually it was decided to keep him confined indoors.

As a result he never really played with other kids his own age. He was privately tutored at home until he went to college.

His loneliness and isolation is probably what lead him to write down his experiences, thoughts and feelings in his journals. He continued writing in his journals until the night he passed away.

His father told him it is important to strengthen the body in order to strengthen the mind, and built him a gymnasium in the house.

Theodore also started taking boxing lessons because he was being taunted by some older boys.

Due to all this physical activity he started gaining strength, and eventually his asthma disappeared.

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