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Published: Friday, December 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

New Year’s peeve

Forgot an auld acquaintance: A year-end poll finds that 4 in 10 Americans want to be with their spouse on New Year's Eve, while 13 percent would choose a significant other or romantic interest.

After the poll, 4 in 10 Americans apologized for telling a pollster their spouse was neither significant nor a romantic interest.

It's why I won't swim in the Snake River: About 70 people were injured in a piranha attack when they went swimming -- and this probably should have tipped them off -- in Argentina's Parana River, suffering "serious bites to their extremities."

Here's why those taking part in polar bear swims on New Year's Day are a little less crazy: They probably won't thaw until April, but they will still have their "extremities."

Do not feed the trolls: Media websites have found it necessary to keep a tighter rein on online discussions because of abusive comments fostered by Internet anonymity. YouTube now requires commenters to register through Google Plus, which limits the users' anonymity.

Using Google Plus also limits comments on YouTube to the 17 people still using the Facebook rival.


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