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Remember that kid in elementary school that used to taunt you on the playground? He probably grew up to become a member of Congress.

A study by a Harvard professor finds that 27 percent of external communications by members of Congress is taunting other legislators :

To come up with this insight, King and two graduate students analyzed 64,033 press releases sent out by all U.S. senators from 2005 to 2007. They used a computer program to sort them into different categories, based on their content.

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Now, it’s not earth-shaking news that legislators like to insult each other. But what King did is quantify how much they do it: more than a quarter of the time.

(Via: Neatorama )

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