This kid-pleasing treat is often sold at fairs, circus shows, and other jovial events. It is usually tinted pink, though purple and blue are also popular colors. It is made by machines with a central bowl where sugar is melted and spun out through a myriad of tiny holes where it solidifies and is caught by a ring. The operator then catches the candy on a stick, forming a confection that is often larger than the human head. What contains more sugar-- a can of soda or a stick of cotton candy?
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Klaus-Peter Sabotta was an extortionist who sabotaged German railways in 1998. Claiming to represent former employees of the German railway operator Deutsche Bahn, he demanded a ransom of DM10 million. As he attempted to collect the ransom at a filling station in Bavaria, he was ambushed by police and arrested. On February 4, 2000, he was convicted of attempted murder and attempted extortion, and sentenced to life imprisonment. What were the results of Sabotta's acts of tampering?
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Yahya Khan was the president of Pakistan from 1969 to 1971. As president, he declared martial law and dismissed almost 300 senior civil servants. He also issued an ordinance against monopolies and restrictive trade practices. The imposition of martial law failed to curb domestic unrest, and civil war between East and West Pakistan broke out in 1971. The defeat of Pakistan's army and the ultimate success of Bangladesh caused him to resign in late 1971. He was succeeded by whom?