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Happiness in Utah

Two funny facts about Utah that may or may not be coincidental: Utah is the happiest state in the US and Utah downloads more porn than any other state.

Seriously, though, the second of the two reports sounds pretty interesting. The Salt Lake Tribune points out, “Online porn subscription rates are higher in states that enacted conservative legislation banning same-sex marriage or civil unions and where surveys show support for conservative positions on religion, gender roles and sexuality, according to an analysis published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives.”

March 11, 2009