Author Archives: Evan Comen

15 Commercial Products Invented by the Military

The U.S. military spent over $80 billion in research and development in 2017. Though much of this funding tends to go to weapons programs, a great deal of military R&D ...
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Best and Worst Movie Sequels

A successful film franchise can can ensure box office earnings like few other movie offerings can. For this reason, major movie studios are almost certain to follow up a successful ...
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50 Most (and Least) Popular Star Wars Characters

When it was released in May 1977, “Star Wars” opened in just 42 theaters. The film quickly broke box office records, openedֵ in a greater number of theaters, and began ...
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The Size of a Home the Year You Were Born

While the U.S. housing market has largely recovered from the effects of the subprime mortgage crisis, homes are being built at barely half the rate they were in the ...
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The Worst School District in Each State

Few public services in the United States contain such stark differences in quality as the public education system. While there are several school districts that spend more than $50,000 per ...
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The Best School District in Every State

Few public services in the United States contain such stark differences in quality as the public education system. While there are several school districts that spend more than $50,000 ...
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50 Most Popular Action Heroes of All Time

Since the advent of the moving image, movies have become the dominant form of storytelling in the Western world. As storytelling technologies have evolved, the basic concept of the hero’s ...
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The Highest Point in Every State

Comprising 26 climate zones and 25 physically unique regions, the United States is one of the most geographically diverse nations in the world. Measured by the distance from base to ...
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25 Most Popular Boy Bands of All Time

While young, all-male vocal groups singing love songs have existed since the a cappella barbershop quartets in the 19th century, the concept of a boy band is a more recent ...
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Counties With the Worst Drug Problem in Every State

In October 2017, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency. The declaration followed a dramatic increase in drug overdose deaths involving opioids in the ...
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30 Companies Getting the Most From the Government

As an economic power, the U.S. government is a juggernaut without equal. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. government spent $4.0 trillion in 2017. While the largest shares ...
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50 Top Radio Songs of All Time

Billboard began publishing its Radio Songs chart in 1984, measuring the most popular songs in the United States based solely on radio airplay. The chart is a departure from the ...
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25 Cities Where Crime Is Soaring

Violent crime is a broad designation consisting of the most egregious infractions -- aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder. According to the FBI, there were 386 violent crimes for ...
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100 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

Science fiction is one of cinema’s most consistently beloved genres. Just as audiences were dazzled by Georges Melies’ “A Trip to the Moon” at the dawn of motion pictures in ...
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The Worst Counties to Live In

In 2016, the median household income rose from $53,889 to $55,322. While incomes and quality of life have improved for Americans overall in the past year, incomes of the wealthiest ...
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