People Are Crazy, Halloween-Edition

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Fun facts for your Friday:

– 23 percent of Americans believe they have seen a ghost. 34 percent believe they exist.

– 48 percent believe in ESP, or Extra-Sensory Perception.

– 14 percent believe they have seen a UFO.

– 5 percent say they have literally seen a monster in their closet.

Update: To steal (and paraphrase) a line from Dana Milbank, this means as many people believe in ghosts as believe in George W. Bush’s leadership.

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