Last year, Americans received 47.8 billion robocalls, averaging 146 calls per man, woman and child. One person who was probably the victim of a software bug, received 117 robocalls in a single day.
According to Congressman Greg Walden, “This year, nearly half the calls made to cell phones in the U.S. will be spam. These calls are more than just a pesky annoyance. Robocalls perpetuate fraud, threaten personal privacy, infiltrate our health care system, and undermine our communications system.”
Legally, robocalls can target only business phones, but that doesn’t seem to stop anyone.
What is the purpose of the ridges on the edges of coins? Without ridges, it is possible to scrape some shavings of metal off coins without being obvious. In the days when coins were made of silver or gold, a person could otherwise have made a good but illegal living from shaving coins and selling the precious metal.
The United States Secret Service was originated in 1865 to combat counterfeit money. There was a time when as much as one third of all the money in America was counterfeit. Some Americans are still at it. Currently, a quarter-million dollars in new counterfeit money appears daily.
Some countries have passed laws that restrict the popping of champagne corks. The wine bottles sold in those countries must have tethers that keep the cork from flying across the room. In the United States, there are several law suits every year initiated by people injured from champagne corks.
After reading the books that interested him, Hippocrates (for whom the Hippocratic oath of medicine is named) supposedly burned down a library, so that his competitors would not have access to the same information.