Saturday, December 16, 2006

interesting facts

With its declining population and persisting squalor 15 months after Hurricane Katrina, New Oreleans now has the nation's highest murder rate--73.5 murders per 100,000 residents, surpassing Compton, California, which has 67 murders per 100,00 last year.

  • USA Today
Counterfeit alcohol kills about 42,000 Russians annually. The phony booze, usually sold in bottles marked "vodka," contains such lethal substances as cleaning fluid, rust removers, and window de-icers.
  • Associated Press
Polonium 210, the isotope used to assassinate former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko, is 5,000 times as radioactive as radium. A lethal dose would weigh only 0.2 millionth of a gram, and be no bigger than a couple of grains of salt.
  • The Wall Street Journal