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How Does China Enforce Its One-Baby Policy?

© Roy Hsu/Blend Images/Corbis Most people have heard that in China, you’re only allowed to have one kid. But does that apply to everyone? And how is that enforced? How did this whole thing start? When Mao Zedong declared the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, he envisioned China as a superpower. A great nation would [...]

The Quick 10: The Insurance Policies on 10 Famous Body Parts

While most of us insure rather mundane things – lives, houses, cars – there’s a certain populace who make livings based on very specific body parts and need financial protection in case the ability to earn that living is ever taken away. Hey, you’d probably insure your hair too if you had the luscious locks [...]

School Answering Machine

There’s a video clip making the rounds on the Net about a supposed school answering machine. The story goes like this: When administrators of the Maroochydore High School in Queensland, Australia, implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for attendance and homework, parents of children with failing grades sued. The staff of [...]