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Number of words that most of earth has for “tea,” the other being “chai.” Talk to essentially any human and say those two words and they’ll catch your meaning. The universal nature of those two words is partially due to how they spread; land trade routes exported the word “chai” and sea trade exported the word “tea” and their derivatives. [Quartz]
Percentage of Aflac associates nationwide who were able to produce $266,760 in annual sales that the company advertised would allow new fresh recruits to obtain commissions and stock bonuses. The company is the target of a class action lawsuit that alleges the insurer recruited employees with promises of steep incomes despite the rarity of that outcome, encouraging employees to sell to friends, while also massaging metrics and manipulating earning statements. [The