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61% of homicides go unsolved—meaning 5,400 killers walk free every year! Police have one theory as to why


In 1963, the solved rate of a homicide was 91%.

That number has dropped to a staggering solve rate of 61% by 2007. With over 14,000 criminal homicides a year, that leaves about 5,400 new killers walking among us every single year!

Law enforcement officials have given the reason that with the rise of gang related activities, it makes it harder for police officers to solve the crimes. Often times gang-related murders are impersonal, and at times the people involved have never even met. Whereas when a neighbor kills a neighbor, there are more strings to follow to allow the detectives to find the killer.

Also, with shows like 'CSI,' jurors come into the courtroom expecting some technological magic show, but that is not the case in reality. Prosecutors have found it difficult to lower the expectations of the jurors when it comes to the type of evidence they can realistically expect from the trial.

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Tea is the second most popular drink in the world. Here's why


Who would have thought that tea is the most popular drink in the world? It's so popular, in fact, that its consumption is equal to that of other beverages like coffee, soft drinks and alcohol—put together!

Turkish coffee is renowned worldwide, but the Turks prefer drinking tea. Turkey is the highest consumer of tea in the world, with 2.5 kg of tea consumed per person per year, whereas India only consumes a modest 750g per person per year.

The tea plantations in the hilly regions of India and Sri-Lanka supply most of the tea consumed outside of East Asia and mostly sell to big businesses. The highly sought-after gourmet teas are grown in 'garden plantations'. These teas are so rare and expensive that they could be compared to some of the most expensive wines in this respect.

In 2011, China produced 1,640,310 tonnes of tea, making it the largest tea producer in the world. India followed with 1,063,500 tonnes and in third place was Kenya with 377,912 tonnes.

Tea originated in China and was used as a medicinal drink. During the 16th century it was introduced to Portuguese priests and merchants and it found it's way to Britain in the 17th century. The only beverage that is consumed on a greater scale than tea is water.

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Pope Francis has a Master's degree! See why it's controversial


Pope Francis, the current head of the Catholic Church, stirs up controversy with just about everything he has done.

This surprising news takes the cake.

He is a massive supporter of the scientific community, for good reason. A little known fact about the Pope is that he has a strong academic background, graduating from the University of Buenos Aires with a Master's degree in chemistry! Some feel that this interest in science is at odds with the Catholic mission.

Another Jesuit member of the Catholic Church, Guy Consolmagno, explained his fascination with asteroids. Guy explained that studying science is like playing a puzzle with God, and it makes him feel as if he is interacting with the Creator!

Perhaps this explains Pope Francis' religious views, as well as his fascination with science!

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A version of Alice in Wonderland was printed in 1969—with illustrations by Salvador Dali!


Alice in Wonderland is a surrealistic story, so it stands to reason that the book illustrations would be pretty strange. Apparently, though, publishing giant Random House wanted them to be really bizarre and commissioned none other than surrealist artist Salvador Dali!

Best known for “The Persistence of Memory”, a painting featuring melting clocks, Dali used to create his paintings by waking himself up just as he was about to sleep and then painting the images he saw.

He had a unique take on Alice in Wonderland. What do you think of his illustrations?

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Africa's biggest killer isn't the lion. Find out what the real danger is!


Lions, tigers, and crocodiles make up the nightmares of those that dream of the African safari. Thoughts of little bugs and cute water mammals rarely enter our mind. Turns out our fears have been gravely misplaced.

Africa's two most dangerous animals are the hippopotamus and mosquito. Hippos cause more human fatalities than any other larger animal as they actively defend their territories that consist of river and lake banks. Females get extra aggressive if anything comes between them and their babies while they feeds on shore. Hippos can run over 20 miles per hour and have large jaws full of teeth that can reach up to 20 inches.

Mosquitoes are the most dangerous creature in Africa, killing over a million Africans every year. Their ability to spread deadly diseases without regard makes them dangerous to everyone without medical attention, especially to children under five. There are 3,500 species of mosquito with a life-span of about two weeks.

The third most dangerous creature in Africa shouldn't come as a surprise: it's humans. War, man-made famine, and environmental destruction cause plenty of tragedy.

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