Political belief: College student conservatives keep their rooms better organized and neater than liberal students. They also admit to having sex less frequently.

Your best friend cloned: A company known as Clone USA will store your pet’s semen for $110 a year – provided you collect it yourself.

U.S. cash crops: Cotton – $6 billion. Corn – $28 billion. Other veggies -$12 billion. Marijuana – $36 billion.

Relative values: We are now paying interest on our national debt four times as much as we spend on education

Osama bin Laden Inc.: The poppy crop in Afghanistan in 2006 was the biggest in history and is on track for still more this year.

Pairs for sex: Men who do not organize their sock drawer have sex three times more often than men who do.

National defense: This year China’s military budget is $45 billion. The U.S. budget is $481 billion (plus Iraq costs).

Chug-a-lug: During a recent three-year period, more than 1,700 college students died as a result of alcohol-related accidents or injury.

Noah’s passengers: Three of the 10 Republican candidates for president believe that the biblical explanation of creation is literally true. They avoided the question as to whether dinosaurs rode on the Ark.

Business judgment: The World Bank’s own auditors have found that 55 percent of the projects financed by the bank have been failures.

Who’s the richest? The U.S. ranks fourth in wealth per capita – after Switzerland, Denmark and Sweden.

Booze as cure: Recent studies show that alcohol boosts HDL (good cholesterol), improves the body’s use of insulin and, if taken with meals, lowers blood glucose.

Alternate fuels: Corn-based ethanol produces only 10 percent more energy than it requires to produce.

Irish tenors: Men with deeper voices not only live longer and have more children, but also are more attractive to females for casual encounters.

Relative value: Families of people who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11 received an average of $1,185,000 from the U.S. Families of soldiers who die in Iraq receive $7,000. Service widows are given $844 per month until they remarry.

Athletic injuries: Emergency room injury visits last year for cheerleaders exceeded all other sports combined.

Visit the Last Supper: A California perfume company is marketing a scent made from 3,000-year-old flower and fruit scents. For 80 bucks a bottle, they claim you can smell like Jesus and the disciples.

Minimum wage: The company building the wall between the U.S. and Mexico has paid a $5 million fine for hiring undocumented workers.

Lessons learned: In Sweden sex education is compulsory in schools beginning at age 6. Teen pregnancies in Sweden are 7 per 1,000. In the U.S. it is 49 per 1,000.

Cup of Joe? Consumer Reports advises that a large group of taste testers preferred MacDonald’s coffee to Starbucks by a substantial margin.

Marriage bliss: A survey of 1,000 women revealed that they preferred new clothes to sex and would gladly refrain from sex for 15 months in exchange for a new outfit.

American Gulag: The U.S. has 99.9 percent of all the juveniles sentenced to life in the entire world.

Rodney Quinn, who lives in Gorham, is a former Maine secretary of state. He can be reached at [email protected]


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