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9 communications majors
It shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that the notoriously taciturn Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is not among the nine communications majors taking the field in Super Bowl XLIX. Playboy broke down the college majors of every player in this year’s game, and communications came out as the most popular course of study, with nine players, followed by sociology and general studies, with seven players each. [Playboy]
According to the NFL, concussions decreased by 11.8 percent this season compared to last year, to 202 from 229. [The New York Times]
14 percent rise
The average American office worker spends nine hours each week in meetings or thinking about meetings, up 14 percent from four years ago. [NPR]
25 megabits per second
John Kerry, the United States secretary of state, owes the city of Boston a $50 fine for failing to shovel his sidewalk. Kerry was in Saudi Arabia — a nation not known for its snow-clearance legislation — as a blizzard struck New England this week. [The Boston Globe]
98 percent of scientists
About 98 percent scientists say the public’s lack of knowledge about science is a problem, so why don’t you guys go learn a book or something, geez. [Re/code]
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