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The Most, Least Talkative States

If a New Yorker calls an Iowan, it might be lopsided

(Newser) - It may not be a huge surprise that New York is ranked No. 1 in a list of the most talkative states, but any guesses on the least talkative? The distinction goes to Iowa, according to analytics firm Marchex . It arrived at this conclusion by analyzing 4 million phone calls... More »

The 10 Most Violent Cities in the World

Caracas, Venezuela, is new murder capital in 2015 ranking

(Newser) - A shred of good news for the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula: It had been named the world's most violent city four straight years by the Mexico Citizens Council for Public Security, but it moves to No. 2 behind Caracas in 2015, reports NBC News . Latin America on... More »

The 10 Least Corrupt Nations

Denmark, Finland, Sweden top the list

(Newser) - Scandinavian countries apparently know how to steer clear of corruption. Anti-corruption body Transparency International is out with its annual list of the least corrupt countries in the world, based on expert opinions, and Denmark, Norway, and Sweden all find a spot in the top 10. Denmark tops the list with... More »

Here Are the 10 'Best Countries'

Germany, Canada, UK make the top three; US is fourth

(Newser) - US News ranks everything from hospitals to diets —and now also countries. In a first, the publication has come out with a list of the best 10 countries in the world, based on the perceptions of more than 16,000 people, who were asked to score countries on... More »

10 Most Popular Leaders, According to Facebook

President Obama is the easy winner, but Queen Rania is in the top 10

(Newser) - Well, it's one way to measure world leaders: The PR firm Burson-Marsteller has taken a look at the Facebook pages of global bigwigs and provided a ranking based on their number of likes. Personal pages are counted separately from institutional pages, which is why President Obama's page and... More »

10 States With the Most Violent Crimes

Bad news, Alaska, though Nevada isn't far behind

(Newser) - The country's violent crime rate came down 9.4% from 2010 to 2014, with the latest year reporting 366 violent crimes (murders, rapes, robberies, assaults) for every 100,000 Americans, reports 24/7 Wall Street . Still, the violent crime rate in some states is almost twice that. Here are the... More »

John Oliver Cracks 'Most Influential' List for Political Media

Mediaite's ranking of movers and shakers puts Roger Ailes at No. 1

(Newser) - It's been a "contentious, bizarre, and always entertaining primary season" so far in the world of politics, Mediaite notes in its roundup of the 25 "biggest movers and shakers" in the political media arena. And that type of season may have served as the perfect breeding ground... More »

What We Googled in 2015—State by Kooky State

Want to know which state was really interested in "Magic Mike XXL"?

(Newser) - As another year gets ready to disappear in the rear-view mirror, the folks over at Estately put some of 2015's cultural milestones under the microscope, vis a vis the most popular Google searches by state. Let's just say that some of our 50 states went for the dark... More »

The Biggest Physics Breakthroughs of the Year

We now know what's needed for secure quantum teleportation

(Newser) - Physics World has given its 2015 Breakthrough of the Year award to two scientists in China who demonstrated the requirements for secure quantum teleportation. Sadly, this doesn't mean you'll be able to randomly appear anywhere in the world, but it's pretty cool regardless. Basically, the research... More »

This Is the Most Dangerous State for Drivers

Montana comes in as the riskiest

(Newser) - Lots of two-lane rural roads and an apparent resistance to using seat belts combine to make Montana the most dangerous state for drivers, reports 24/7 Wall St . The state had 229 fatalities in 2013, for a national high 22.6 road deaths per 100,000 residents. One leading theory is... More »

Man's List of Everything That Makes His Wife Cry Goes Viral

'She was hungover and saw a picture of a piglet'

(Newser) - Spilt milk is about the only thing Lex Gillies doesn't cry over. To prove it, London comedian Aaron Gillies kept a list of everything that made his emotional wife cry in a month and posted it to Twitter on Sunday, KFOR reports. As of this story, the list titled... More »

7 Colorblind Celebs

Including 2 who had to give up other career dreams

(Newser) - Celebrities aren't perfect—some of them are colorblind, and Ranker lists 21. A sampling:
  • Paul Newman: The late actor had to give up his dream of being a pilot due to color blindness.
  • Mark Zuckerberg: He's red-green colorblind, and reportedly picked blue for Facebook's logo because it'
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The Thing That Americans Fear Most

It involves the government

(Newser) - "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"—well, that and almost 90 other things. California's Chapman University last week came out with its second annual Survey of American Fears. The 1,541 adults who were polled were asked about 89 (by our count) fears... More »

10 Best Jobs for Balancing Work and Play

Data scientist tops the list, with a nice salary to boot

(Newser) - How happy are you with your time spent in and out of the office? If you fall within the average, there's probably room for improvement. The employee rating of work-life balance has been falling steadily over the last five years and this year sits at a rating of 3.... More »

5 Best Small Cities to Visit in the US

'Conde Nast Traveler' awards show great destinations do come in small packages

(Newser) - The area in and around Charleston, SC, has had a rough year , but good news has arrived in the form of being picked best small city in the US. More than 128,000 Conde Nast Traveler readers weighed in on their favorite cities in America for the magazine's Readers'... More »

10 Best Cities for Families

A city in Kansas tops the list (and one in Mississsippi brings up the rear)

(Newser) - Everyone wants the best for their families, and picking a place to live is usually among the top priorities. WalletHub has tried to make this task easier for you by comparing the 150 most populous cities in the US based on five categories: home affordability, education and child care, health... More »

The 5 Most Unaffordable Places to Live in the US

California is bad, but it's not the worst

(Newser) - Want to stretch your housing dollar? Then you're going to want to stay out of California. Business Insider used data on 582 US counties from RealtyTrac to figure out the 15 least-affordable counties to live in, defined by the percentage of a resident's average weekly wage it would... More »

What 3 of the Most Common Dreams Mean

Including an out-of-control vehicle

(Newser) - Remember any dreams from last night? Business Insider has compiled a list of the most common types of dreams and talks to a psychologist willing to take a stab at what's going on. Some examples:
  • Out-of-control car: It suggests that, in the waking world, you feel like you're
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Nation's Top 10 Party Schools

Ohio University and its 'Bong Hill' top the list

(Newser) - Ohio University has an epic Halloween party every year and a famous campus getaway called "Bong Hill." No surprise, then, that the Athens school tops the annual list of best-party schools put out by Playboy . Your top 10:
  1. Ohio University
  2. University of Iowa
  3. Florida State University
  4. Tulane University
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Here Are the 5 Richest Millennials

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is the one who has the most to smile about

(Newser) - Members of Generation "Y Do We Always Get a Bad Rap?" (aka millennials) take great umbrage at being labeled unmotivated slackers, and Wealth-X's list of the 20 richest people under the age of 35 may help put that stereotype to rest. MarketWatch points out some of them share... More »

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