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Release Week Randomness

55 CancriSometimes these Thursday-morning Wake Up With Whoopi appearances go exactly as planned, and sometimes... well, sometimes this happens: everyone gets hopped up on the chocolates I bring in for Whoopi's birthday (which happened to be the same day The World Almanac 2008 was released), and then her co-host Cubby tells an admittedly cool story about spotting his own name in the book... and then suddenly I have no time to share all the great facts I prepared about extrasolar planets.

So, they'll have to wait for another week.* At least we did managed to kick around some facts from one of this year's The World at a Glance pages, which collect all sorts of facts you might not have known were in the book, including top-grossing concert tours, top tourist destinations, per capita fat consumption in the U.S., most popular car colors...


Tune in next Thursday morning for some Thanksgiving history, which I promise will go according to plan.

Previously: The World at a Glance

Image: Artists' conception of 55 Cancri and newly discovered planet (which I didn't get to talk about!)

(* ...or you could get an overview of the search for extrasolar planets on page 333 of the new World Almanac.)


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