In a new analysis of the latest numbers (from 2014), 63% of non-citizens are using a welfare program, and it grows to 70% for those here 10 years or more, confirming the concern that once immigrants tap into welfare, they don’t get off it.

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Interesting Facts About Dubai

* In 1968, there were only 13 cars registered in Dubai. Today, there are nearly 2 million.

* Robot jockeys are replacing children in camel racing.

* 39% of the luxury Burj Al Arab hotel (the fifth-tallest hotel in the world) is made up of empty space at the top.

* The 3 man-made Palm Islands were constructed with 94 million cubic meters of sand.

* There are plans to build an air-conditioned city in Dubai that will be twice the size of Monaco.

* Dubai’s police cars include the Ferrari FF ($500,000), the Lamborghini Aventador ($397,000), and the Aston Martin One-77 ($1.79 million).

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Hawaii became a state on August 21, 1959 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting the US Protectorate (since 1894) into the union and ordered a new US flag with 50 stars in staggered rows.

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During the Black Death pandemic – which peaked in Europe from 1347 to 1351 – half of the 100,000 population of Florence died in a four-month period. In Milan, the news from Florence terrified the population so that the families that the locals suspected of harboring a victim were walled up inside their houses.

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The # sign – commonly known as the “pound sign” or the “number sign” – has a technical name: octothorpe. The “octo” part refers to the sign’s 8 points.

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Facts About D-Day 

* D-Day commemorates the Battle of Normandy in WWII, which began on June 6, 1944 and resulted in the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control.

* It was the largest amphibious (land and water) invasion in history.

* The exact number of Allied casualties is not known. It is estimated that about 10,000 Allied soldiers were killed or went missing in action, including 6,603 Americans, 2,700 British, and 946 Canadians.

* The code name for the invasion was Operation Overlord. It became known as D-Day (which stands for “Departure Day”) because that was a common term used to describe the start of any significant military action.

* The Allies knew that Germany was expecting an invasion, so they came up with an ingenious plan (which included phony radio transmissions, dummy airfields, etc.) to fool the Germans into thinking that it would take place in Calais, not Normandy. Duped by the charade, the Germans left Normandy relatively under-defended.

* On the eve of D-Day, Hitler was entertaining Joseph Goebbels and some other guests at his home in the Alps. When he finally got news of the invasion, it was almost 6 hours old. He didn’t take it seriously, and was slow to authorize requests for reinforcements. A fatal mistake.

* While Hitler was partying in the Alps, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of all the Allied forces, was drafting a statement that he was prepared to read if the invasion failed:“My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

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Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki Expedition

* Kon-Tiki is Thor Heyerdahl’s account of his 101-day, 4,300-mile journey (with five friends) across the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947.

* The purpose of the voyage was to prove Heyerdahl’s theory that it would have been possible for people from South America to get to and settle on Easter Island in pre-Columbian times. ( Today, despite some DNA evidence to the contrary, most anthropologists still favor the idea that the original settlers came from eastern Polynesia.)

* The raft was named Kon-Tiki after the Inca sun god. The original is now on display in the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo.

* It was supplied with 275 gallons of drinking water in 56 water cans, 200 coconuts, fruit, sweet potatoes and other root vegetables. They had some field rations as well, and they caught lots of fish.

* Since Heyerdahl’s crossing in 1947, there have been at least a half-dozen raft expeditions from Peru to Polynesia.

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