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So the U.S. Dept. of Labor has just released this handy graph, above, showing how Americans spend their annual paycheck; and I was struck by the fact my fellow citizens spend $2, 698.00 on entertainment - but only $118.00 on reading - and that reading isn't considered part of the average American's entertainment budget.
Don't get me wrong - I get that:
Reading actually involves using your brain, so - clearly - there can't be any fun involved in it.
But just think what might happen (don't strain yourself!) if those two monetary figures were switched, and we spent $2, 698.00 on books and only $118.00 on whatever passes for "entertainment" these days. (I know, I know: that's "crazy talk" but still,...) Why, for starters, The Onion probably wouldn't be able to run any more pieces like the one below, which would surely be a blow to our national image:
Mexico Builds Border Wall To Keep Out US Assholes
Hat Tip: Little Green Footballs