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61 Percent of People Agree with Decision to Fire Joe Paterno — Survey of the Day

When Penn State fired legendary head football coach Joe Paterno for not being more proactive after learning his long-time assistant Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused a boy, students rioted in protest.

According to a survey of 1,386 adults from Poll Position, Penn State’s board of directors decision to dump Paterno immediately isn’t as controversial with the general public.

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Average Texter Sends or Receives 41.5 Messages a Day — Survey of the Day

According to a survey of 2,227 adults by the Pew Research Center, the average text message user sends or receives an average of 41.5 messages a day.

How much someone texts is not surprisingly tied to how old they are. Those in the 18-to-29 age group send or receive an average of 87.7 texts a day, whereas that total is only 4.7 for those in the 65-and-over group.

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Hamster Drag Racing Is Sweeping the Nation [VIDEO]

Hamsters will run between four and eight miles a day in the wild, which is why in captivity the little furballs will attack their exercise wheel with such boundless energy.

These are the sort of facts you learn from watching “hamster drag racing,” the new sport that is sure to replace auto racing as we know it.

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Boy Scouts Sporting Full Beards Are Kind of Creepy [PHOTOS]

The purpose of the new series of print ads from Boy Scouts of America is to convey how scouting skills can transform youngsters from boys into full-bearded men.

However, there is something unsettling about seeing beards that would make Kimbo Slice or Zach Galifianakis jealous on the faces of boys still too young to need a razor.

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Fatty and Sugary Foods May Be as Addictive as Cocaine and Cigarettes

There is a growing body of evidence suggesting fatty and sugary foods rewire the brain in the same way drugs like cocaine and nicotine do, leading to addiction.

In recent studies, lab animals who have been fed a diet of sugary and fatty snacks show the classic signs of addiction, and brain scans of obese humans show the same disturbances in their reward circuits as the brains that are found in drug addicts.

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Most Americans Think Crime Is Getting Worse — Survey of the Day

According to a new Gallup poll, 68 percent of Americans believe there is more crime than a year ago.

17 percent of the survey’s respondents reported there is less crime, and 8 percent believe the crime rate is unchanged. This marked the seventh year in a row that at least 67 percent of Americans answered crime is getting worse.

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