Author Archives: Vince Calio

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The States With the Strongest and Weakest Unions

The percentage of American workers in unions remained effectively unchanged last year. This marks a departure from the nation’s long-term trend. In the past 30 years, union membership has dropped from ...
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Nine Companies With the Most Unusual Origins

Some of America’s most well-known companies went through big changes before becoming the dominant corporations they are today. The origin of one of today’s most famous beauty products company is door-to-door book ...
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The World’s Most Content (and Miserable) Countries

World news does not always fully capture people's level of happiness. Last year, Gallup found a majority of people in the world experienced positive emotions. Of course, in some countries ...
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Countries With the Widest Gap Between Rich and Poor

The United States of America -- the land of opportunity -- has the fourth most uneven income distribution in the developed world. Chile has the most unequal distribution of income, while ...
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The Heaviest-Drinking Countries in the World

Worldwide, people 15 and older consumed 6.2 liters of alcohol per person in 2010, according to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report. Alcohol, in turn, contributed to some 3.3 ...
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The Nine Most Misleading Product Claims

Advertisements and packaging increase consumer awareness of a product and provide information so that customers can make educated choices. Oftentimes, however, marketing strategies are focused more on raising sales than ...
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America’s Nine Most Damaged Brands

Some brands have stellar reputations as a result of innovation, well thought-out marketing strategies and good public relations from the companies behind them. On the other hand, weak or defective ...
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America’s Most Unusual Public Companies

Being publicly traded allows companies to fund expansions, compensate employees and bring attention to their products and services. It also places obligations on companies to be transparent, produce consistent returns ...
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The Best-Selling Products of All Time

Creating the most popular product of the year will make consumers and investors happy. But making an all-time bestseller can transform an industry and define a business for decades. Many ...
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The Happiest Countries in the World

Switzerland’s residents are the most satisfied with their lives for the second consecutive year, according to the Better Life Index released today. The study, published annually by the Organization for Economic ...
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The 10 Best Cities to Flip a Home

As the national housing market continues to rebound, real estate investors are trying their hand at home flipping -- buying and selling a house within six months. While in some ...
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Companies With the Best (and Worst) Reputations

American consumers have a higher opinion of Amazon.com than any other company. For the second year in a row, the online retailer held the top slot, beating out popular brands ...
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The 10 Most Polluted Cities in America

After making great strides in air pollution over the past decade, the United States took a small step backwards. Forty-seven percent of the U.S. population lived in areas with unhealthy ...
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States With the Most Drunk Driving

Drunk driving deaths fell by 23% between 2002 and 2012. But for much of the United States, drunk driving is still a problem. According to a report by the Foundation ...
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America’s Most (and Least) Common Jobs

The job market is an important indicator of the economy’s health. A look at the most and least common jobs reflects the industries that are critical to the economy, as ...
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