Fact Tank Oct. 11, 2013

5 facts about the hajj

The annual Muslim hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca is underway, and more than a million pilgrims already have entered Saudi Arabia from abroad. These are five important facts about the hajj.

Fact Tank Oct. 9, 2013

5 facts about the national debt: What you should know

Basic facts on the national debt: How big it is, who we owe it to, how much we pay in interest and more

Fact Tank Sep. 17, 2013

5 facts about Hispanics for Hispanic Heritage Month

Facts and figures to mark National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

Fact Tank Sep. 4, 2013

5 facts about the Pledge of Allegiance

Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court – the state’s highest court – will hear arguments today in Doe v. Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, a case in which an anonymous atheist couple is challenging the use of the phrase “under God” in recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Humanist […]

Fact Tank Jul. 25, 2013

5 reasons Americans have the economic blahs

Despite modestly positive macroeconomic trends, many Americans feel lukewarm or worse about the economy. Five less-common indicators may help explain why.

Fact Tank Jul. 18, 2013

5 facts about ethnic and gender diversity in U.S. newsrooms

Last week, San Francisco Bay area television station KTVU broadcast fake names for the pilots of the Asiana Airline flight that crashed on July 6. The error involved ethnic stereotyping, leading the Asian American Journalists Association to assert that these kinds of mistakes “underscored the importance of newsroom diversity” at America’s media outlets. A similar […]

Fact Tank Jun. 28, 2013

5 facts about the U.S. Supreme Court

Phew, what a week for the U.S. Supreme Court. With major rulings on affirmative action, voting rights and same-sex marriage released this week, we rounded up  five facts about the court and its year of contentious cases and historic votes: Favorable opinions of the Supreme Court have fallen in recent years. In March, before the […]

Fact Tank Jun. 17, 2013

5 facts about Iran

In something of a surprise, Hassan Rouhani was elected president of Iran last week, winning 50.71% of the vote in the first round. Within the context of Iran’s political system, dominated as it is by conservative clergy, Rouhani is generally considered relatively centrist and pragmatic. What sort of country will Rouhani inherit when he’s inaugurated […]

Fact Tank Jun. 11, 2013

5 facts about fathers

The Census Bureau estimates that last year there were about 189,000 stay-at-home dads, defined as married fathers with children younger than 15 who stayed out of the labor force for at least one year primarily to care for the family while their wife works outside the home. Those dads cared for an estimated 369,000 children. Fathers […]

Fact Tank May. 20, 2013

5 facts about Tumblr

Yahoo! today confirmed that it’s buying 6-year-old blogging service Tumblr for $1.1 billion in cash. Who uses Tumblr? We consulted the recent report on social media demographics from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project to find out: Only 6% of Internet users surveyed in late 2012 reported using Tumblr, versus two-thirds for Facebook. Three […]