Making sure you know I read the Economist so you know I’m not dumb, just obnoxious

The Ice Cream Index

Earlier today I learned of these numbers today from Mature Landscaping: Salary of retired US Presidents ...............$180,000 FOR LIFE Salary of House/Senate ..........................$174,00​0 FOR LIFE Salary of Speaker of the House ................$223,500 FOR LIFE Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders ...... $193,400 FOR LIFE Average Salary of a teacher .................... $40,065 Average Salary of Soldier DEPLOYED IN [...]

Slow News Day

Have you ever seen mean comments left by irate YouTubers for people who videotapes the television as a show was going on and uploaded the footage of that onto YouTube? "Hey loser. Why are you taping your own TV and then put that on YouTube?!"   I am a loser so I take pictures of [...]

Money Money Money

I LOVE the smell of money. I am being 100% serious here. Have you ever held a brand new bill in your hand? Rubbing it between your thumb and forefinger and feeling the intricate texture on it? Taking in a deep breath of the intoxicating smell that is so much better than the new car smell? My [...]

I was surprised to learn that the Pulitzer Prize is only worth $10,000. I guess you really need to be in this field for the love of the game. Now with the doom and gloom not just predicted but realized in numbers for print journalism, and the difficulty in turning online content into actual dollars, [...]

People in Germany really need to start having more sex. Otherwise they are really going to need Death Panel for Grandmas, you know, when there are no more young people to take care of the old people. That was my first thought when I saw this chart. On second thought, sex does not necessarily lead [...]

This Daily Chart from the Economist solved it for me: have been agonizing over whether to move to Denmark since we love Legos so... Now I know with two impressionable boys, this is a country we should keep away from during their teenage years... Denmark and excessive drinking? No surprise really, if you have seen [...]

Even on the Interweb, we cannot escape our evolutionary past. According to The Economist article: "Primates on Facebook", some of things that we do to/for each other on the social networks over the Internet can still be defined as "Grooming": you need to ping your peeps, follow up on their status, read their Tweets, comment [...]

as they have more Democrats and Liberals than we do? This is the latest poll by Gallup this month, in honor of Darwin's 200th birthday, an update from the Economist Daily Chart that I posted a week ago: data for that chart was from 2006, and at that time, less than 50% of the Americans [...]

Numbers (or Bars) speak louder than words. Draw any conclusion based on your own bias and convictions. And don't send me any hate mail, but this visual impact is too much for me to bear. I feel dizzy. Would be interested to see how this affects the government's and Bill Gates' professed belief and vowed [...]

The first time I heard about the Lipstick Index was from a Mary Kay rep: I learned from her that the three recession-proof products are lipsticks, alcohol, and cigarettes. It is not difficult to understand why alcohol and cigarettes are recession-proof: if you are addicted to something, you are going to get your drink on, [...]

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