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Monday, December 01, 2021


My friend Kirby called me today:

Kirby: Question that you should be able to answer, what’s the opposite of turkey?
Me: …Um. You mean the food or the country?
Kirby: The food.
Me: I’m not getting why you think I would know this.
Kirby: C’mon!
Me: I take it this is due to post-Thanksgiving syndrome.
Kirby: Yeah, a bunch of us here in the office are trying to figure out what to have for lunch that’s as far away from turkey as possible. I’m thinking maybe Chinese…
Me: Yeah, why not? Although you should steer away from Chinese that has chicken in it, ’cause that’s too close. Probably pork or something.
Kirby: Actually, what would be the opposite of Turkey the country?
Me: Hell, I’d say Greece — European versus Asian, Christian versus Muslim, but neighbors.
Kirby: Yeah… I dunno.
Kirby: More like, what’s on the opposite side of the planet from Turkey? That’d be the true opposite.
Me: Good idea! I can’t look that up at the moment, my computer’s just warming up.
Kirby: I’ll check now…
Me: I do know that Peru is directly opposite from Vietnam on the globe. That’s from They Might Be Giants — in an interview they did, they cited that as part of the inspiration for their song “Ana Ng”.
Me: Not that any of that helps.
Kirby: Found it… Looks like Turkey is directly across from Texas. Tex-Mex!
Me: Imagine that.
Kirby: Quesadillas!
Me: I guess so.

The lengths some people go to for lunch. Personally, I would have gone Greek with gyros.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 12/01/2021 08:01:14 PM
Category: Comedy, Food, Pop Culture
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Gee, I guess we can stop wondering now: The National Bureau of Economic Research conferred, and officially called it a recession.

Retroactive to December 2007, in fact. Making this downturn extra-special:

The current recession is one of the longest downturns since the Great Depression of the 1930’s.

The last two recessions (1990-1991 and 2001) lasted eight months each, and only two of the 10 previous post-Depression downturns lasted as long as a full year, according to the NBER.

In response, Wall Street cratered 680 points — and, given the context, nobody noticed:

It is also somewhat remarkable that on one of the worst days in the history of the stock market, there was no panic to be seen on Wall Street. In six and a half hours, the S.&P. declined more than 8 percent — the type of collapse that historically has taken years to occur. But in the new Wall Street, the reaction was quiet.

“Investors have slowly become accustomed to it, after seeing it day after day for month after month,” said Todd Salamone, an analyst at Schaeffer’s Investment Research. “A year ago, an 8 percent move would have raised a lot more eyebrows than it does today.”

I suppose it’s good to know the ledge you’re on, before you jump off it…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 12/01/2021 07:17:25 PM
Category: Business, Society
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