Q: Has the Pentagon recently declared that sharing one’s faith is punishable by court-martial?
A: No. The Pentagon merely restated its long-held policy that military members can “share their faith (evangelize)” but “not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others … to one’s beliefs (proselytization).”
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The world population of Caribou is about 5 million. Source: Alaska Department of Fish and Game
A giraffe’s feet are 12 inches wide; its legs are 6 feet tall. Source: San Diego Zoo
There were 66 nuclear power plants in the United States in 2007. Source: Energy Information Administration
The word "smallpox" comes from the Latin word for "spotted" and is a reference to the bumps that appear on the body of a person who has the disease. Source: Food and Drug Administration
This week, readers sent us comments on our recent Ask FactCheck about the U.K.’s and Canada’s health care systems, along with requests to leave the comedy to Jon Stewart and to spend less time on chain e-mails, more on facts about daily news events.
About 19 percent of the total net electricity generated in the United States comes from nuclear power. That’s about equal to the amount of electricity used in California, Texas and New York, the three most populous states. Source: Energy Information Administration
About 92 percent of the coal used in the United States is used for generating electricity. Source: Energy Information Administration
Glaucoma damages the eye’s optic nerve and is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. Source: National Library of Medicine
On this date in 1804, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr dueled with pistols in Weehawken, N.J. Source: PBS
On this date in 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state. Source: Wyoming Chambers of Commerce