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Do You Qualify As a Binge Drinker? — Survey of the Day

According to a survey involving about 450,000 adults, 17 percent of Americans are binge drinkers.

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Wikipedia, Reddit, Cheezburger Network and More Sites to Go Dark in Protest of SOPA

Homework will be harder to do and bar bets tougher to win starting at midnight ET on Tuesday, when Wikipedia will go dark for 24 hours in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), anti-piracy legislation under consideration by the US Congress.

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Is the Rift Between Rich and Poor Growing in America? — Survey of the Day

Spurred on by the recent “Occupy” protests, class conflict has become an increasing part of the public discourse.

This is reflected in a new poll from the Pew Research Center, which finds the percentage of Americans who see conflict between the rich and poor as a problem has jumped significantly over the last two years.

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Controversy Alert! Majority Favors Death Penalty, Do You? — Survey of the Day

According to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, a solid but decreasing majority of Americans support the death penalty. Of the 2001 adults polled, 63 percent were in favor of capital punishment, whereas 31 percent were opposed.

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This Day in History for January 2 – 55 MPH Speed Limit Enacted and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1935 – Bruno Hauptmann goes on trial for the murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh (More info)

1942 – In the largest espionage case in United States history, the FBI convicts 33 members of the Duquesne Spy Ring (More info)

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6 Crazy Vodka Flavors Sure to Make You Vomit on New Year’s Eve

Department stores and shopping malls aren’t the only retailers that experience a holiday rush. Liquor stores are stocked with lots of treats for any and all holiday parties. 

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Admit It — You Re-Gift, Don’t You? — Survey of the Day

‘Tis the season to receive gifts. Inevitably, some of the presents your friends and loved ones will be nice enough to give you won’t be anything you particularly want or need.

So, do you try to make these unwanted gifts usefull by wrapping them back up and giving them to somebody else who might actually appreciate them?

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Love Salt? You Probably Did As a Kid, Too — Health Check

If salty foods are your weakness, blame your childhood. Research has found that babies given such foods can develop a preference for them that carries over into adulthood.

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Slayer Guitarist Kerry King: Big 4 May Be No More

If you’ve been hoping and praying that the Big 4 will soon be playing a full U.S. tour, you might want to lower your expectations and be happy with that DVD of the Sonisphere show from Sofia, Bulgaria. In a recent interview with UK’s Classic Rock magazine, Slayer guitarist Kerry King said he can’t imagine Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax will stage any more Big 4 shows.

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Fewer Grinches This Year as Most People Want Family Time — Survey of the Day

Where has all the commercialism gone? This year, the majority of Americans “don’t care about the presents underneath the Christmas tree,” as Mariah Carey sings. Their favorite aspect of the holiday season is the time they get to spend with loved ones.

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Most Americans Think They Are Darned Good Looking — Survey of the Day

According to a new survey in which respondents were asked to rate their own looks on a scale of one to ten, Americans are a very self-confident bunch.

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Fox News: Shut up.

The economy is still a cesspool, Occupy protestors are now annoying everybody, Egypt and Greece are both about to fall off the face of the Earth, and this is what Fox News is interested in?  The Muppet Movie?  FN, do the world a favor and die already.  Better not expect House to save you either.

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