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With Plummeting Sales, TV Manufacturers Have A Plan

It’s something TV manufacturers are concerned about, big time. Sales of TV sets both in this country and around the world are declining. Does it say something about technology where people are starting to depend on their phones for the majority of their entertainment?

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Why This High School Had 29 Valedictorians

It’s a tremendous honor to be class valedictorian of your high school. It means that you put in the work to be the best, but Redmond High School in Oregon had 29 of them this year. Twenty-nine students recognized as the best of their class.

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Burano, Italy (Flickr)
Burano, Italy (Flickr)
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What Makes This Italian Fishing Village So Unique?

It’s an Italian fishing village on the island of Burano, about a 40-minute boat ride from Venice. Fishing is the major source of income for the villagers and has been since back to the days of the Romans. The village isn't much different from other Italian fishing villages except for two things.

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Burj Kalifa (Getty Images)
Burj Kalifa (Getty Images)
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Google Maps Take A Tour Of The World’s Tallest Building [VIDEO]

From the time I was a kid, I always enjoyed studying maps. Didn’t matter what kind of map – a state map, a map of city streets, a world map – I'd open up the map on my bed and just look. I guess it really was a different time back then. I still have those maps stored away – dozens and dozens of them.

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New Wi-Fi Routers With 4 Times More Speed

We talk about the frustrations of low speeds on our computers all the time and it could be because of the demands on the networks that can only accommodate so much at a time. It’s like traffic during rush hour. You can only fit so many vehicles on a road at one time before you start to get a back up. So what can you do about it? For heavy traffic you can add extra lanes and that’s what wireless technology is doing – basically adding more lanes.

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It’s International Go Skateboarding Day!

Today and every June 21st is Go Skateboarding Day. It’s basically a day where skateboard fans around the world blow off all other obligations to go skateboarding. For some it’s not much different from what they do every day, but today makes it official.

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Some Common Phrases and How They Began

You’ve heard these phrases. Here’s how they began.

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Me holding a turtle in Cayman Islands (Dale Mussen)
Me holding a turtle in Cayman Islands (Dale Mussen)
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What’s With The Turtles In My Neighborhood?

Twice in four days, people have spotted turtles in my neighborhood. Both were a pretty good distance away from water but headed that way. And I’m talking good size turtles, about a foot in diameter and tails about six inches long. Never saw that before in my area. Maybe all the rain had something to do with it?

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Ladies Make Big Splash In Space Program

NASA has picked eight new astronauts, half of them women. And that’s the highest percentage of female astronaut candidates ever selected for a class. There were 6,100 applicants.

NASA says they choose their astronauts based only on skill and qualifications. It has nothing to do with gender.

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Statue of Liberty (Getty Images)
Statue of Liberty (Getty Images)
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Statute of Liberty Measurements In Human Terms

For more than 125 years, it has stood in New York harbor as a symbol of personal rights and freedom, especially for the millions of immigrants who passed it to begin their new lives in this country. It was on this day in 1885 that Lady Liberty arrived in New York in more than 200 boxes as a gift from France. It took about a year to put it together and it was dedicated in a ceremony by President Grover Cleveland.

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Flag Day Began In Buffalo

She was a Buffalo school teacher and later principal of School 31 on Emslie Street and she thought kids should know about the American flag. Sarah Hinson wanted her students to know what it stands for, so she taught them how to pay respect to the flag by reciting the pledge of allegiance and on June 14, 1891, she began the tradition of a formal ceremony of saluting and honoring the flag on the anniversary of the day that the Continental Congress accepted the design of the American flag.

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You Can Do More With Coke Than Drink It — Here Are 7 Other Uses!

We were talking off the air yesterday about uses for Coca-Cola other than drinking, and there’s an interesting list of things you can do with it.

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