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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's dark lost chapter

Sep 1, 2014
Deemed too wild and subversive for its time, the unprinted chapter has resurfaced.
Posted In: Books, publishing

How 'American' is your city?

Aug 29, 2014
Someone used data to come up with an answer.
Posted In: American, rankings, cities
Sphinx Cat

Who let the cats out? Russia did.

Aug 28, 2014
Russia is lending cats out to people taking out mortgages because of Russian lore.
Posted In: Russia, Mortgages, cats

Suzuki recalls 19,000 cars because, spiders.

Aug 27, 2014
Spiders fuel Suzuki's 19,000 car recall.
Posted In: car recalls, insects, gas, Suzuki

A 'knee defender' diverted a United Airlines flight

Aug 26, 2014
A battle in the war for legroom on a plane.
Posted In: Airlines, planes, legroom

This was the lightest trading day of the year so far

Aug 22, 2014
Just 2 and a quarter billion shares changed hands.
Posted In: NYSE, new york stock exchange
Ice bucket challenge

Diplomats can't take the ice bucket challenge

Aug 21, 2014
Rules apparently bar foreign service members from taking the challenge.
Posted In: Ambassador, social media, Associated Press, ICE
Hundred

Your money's worth more in Mississippi

Aug 20, 2014
Tax Foundation has mapped out the value of your $100 bill in each state.
Posted In: dollars, values, Mississippi, united states

What are you up to during a conference call?

Aug 19, 2014
As your co-workers listen in, they could be emailing, eating or using the toilet.
Posted In: office behavior, conference calls

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About this collection

After the debt debacle of 2011, Congress and the president agreed to a sweeping package of budget cuts that no one really wanted, as an incentive to work together later to reach a bipartisan compromise on more targeted cuts. That incentive didn't work as designed, and after postponing the date of the 'sequester' cuts, the U.S. Defense Department and other discretionary programs are now staring down the gun of massive, across-the-board budget cutbacks.