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One company, Comcast, will control up to 40 percent of Internet service coverage in the U.S., and 19 of the top 20 cable markets, if a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators. November/December 2014

One company, United Energy Systems of Ukraine, had revenue equaling one-fourth of Ukraine’s GDP in 1996. Around then, the company transferred at least $120 million to private accounts of then prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko. The company’s president at the time, Yulia Tymoshenko, finished second in the May 2014 presidential election. November/December 2014

One company, Malibu Media LLC, filed a third of U.S. copyright-infringement lawsuits in 2013. Malibu produces adult films such as Sexy in the City (presumably infringing no copyrights). November/December 2014

One town, Champlain, New York, was the source of nearly half the scams targeting small businesses in the United States last year. November/December 2014

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014

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One in three tourists to Jamaica reports getting harassed; half of them are hassled to buy drugs. September/October 2014

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One in three drivers in Brooklyn’s Park Slope—at certain times of day—is just looking for parking. The same goes for drivers in Manhattan’s SoHo. September/October 2014

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One country—Turkey—produces more than 70 percent of the world’s hazelnuts. September/October 2014

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One third of the United States federal budget for fighting wildfires goes toward one percent of such fires. September/October 2014

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One in two full-time American fast-food workers’ families are enrolled in public assistance programs, at a cost of $7 billion per year. July/August 2014

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Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

The passenger pigeon accounts for zero percent of North America’s bird population today. In the early 1800s, it accounted for as much as 40 percent. July/August 2014

One country, the United States, accounts for 34 percent of global spending on medicine. July/August 2014

Four percent of the nation’s counties are home to 50 percent of all uninsured Americans. July/August 2014

The top one percent of professional musicians, ranked by concert earnings, more than doubled their share of concert revenues in America between 1982 and 2003, going from 26 to 56 percent. May/June 2014

One payer, the government (state and federal), contributes 45 percent of revenue for one of the largest health insurers in the country, WellPoint. Two years ago, the government contributed 10 percent. May/June 2014

One region accounts for nearly 20 percent of annual worldwide deaths attributable to alcohol, according to a 2009 survey: a contiguous swath of former Soviet republics that includes Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. Those countries are home to less than four percent of the world’s population. May/June 2014

One country accounts for nearly two-thirds of global cement production: China. The cement industry accounts for five percent of global carbon emissions. May/June 2014

The top one percent of the top 500 banks in the United States, ranked by assets, controlled 53 percent ($8.8 trillion) of all banking-industry assets in the nation ($16.7 trillion) as of last summer. May/June 2014

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014

One country—Canada—produced more than a quarter of the oil imported by the U.S. in 2012 (one billion out of 3.9 billion barrels). March/April 2014

One day in a U.S. hospital costs an average of $4,287—more than twice the cost in Australia, the country with the next-highest rate. March/April 2014

One market is responsible for half of global digital music sales: the United States, at $2.9 billion. March/April 2014

One crop—cotton—accounts for nearly 15 percent of the world’s insecticide usage. March/April 2014

One-fifth of all plastic surgery procedures worldwide each year are conducted in one country: the United States. January/February 2014

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The Big One

One company, Comcast, will control up to 40 percent of Internet service coverage in the U.S., and 19 of the top 20 cable markets, if a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators. November/December 2014

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