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In 1981, Medicare and Medicaid accounted for 9.5% of all federal outlays. In 2001, that number had jumped to 25%. A combination of CHIP, marketplace subsidies, Medicare, and Medicaid accounted for 25% in 2015.

The swastika was used as the official national marking of the Finnish Air Force and Tank Corps between 1918 and 1945.

Due to her offscreen loathing of her TV husband, Vivian Vance (Ethyl) refused to do an I Love Lucy spin-off with William Frawley (Fred).

In 2015, women working full time in the United States typically were paid 80% of what men were paid.

Norman Mailer coined the term "factoid" in his 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe, but said it wouldn't be considered a fact because the suffix "-oid" usually means "resembling, but not really a member of some category." In her 2012 piece in The Atlantic about the word, Alexis C. Madrigal suggested a more appropriate term may be "factlet." Suffixes aside, "factoid" has come to mean "a brief, interesting fact."

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