You know who invented the hammock, Homer?
Crayola crayons are still a big seller. But this big?
(Update: Since posting this, the pricing of the crayons have drastically dropped from the $30,000 amount I saw.)
In the South where I grew up and still live, there’s a tradition that takes place around this time each year. It’s when grownups say to one-another, “when WE were in elementary school, our summer vacation didn’t end until after Labor Day.”
Now, schools start in early August. I’m sure it has something to do with high school football or building-in snow days for when, in January, schools close down whenever snow comes within a few hundred miles of Nashville.
Anyway, this got me thinking about 64-count Crayola crayons which, of course, made me think about a comparison between the price of such a box in 1961 vs. 2019.
Today, a 64-count box costs around $3. I’m not sure what the price was in 1961, but the purchasing power of $3 in 2019 money would be about 36¢ in 1961. (Which I came up with using a dubious internet tool and should not be used as a citation.)
However, according to the Amazon listing below, there’s been some inflation among one supplier.
Surely $30,211.38 must be a bulk price for, say, 10,000 boxes? Perhaps this is a purchase for an entire school district? But the supplier even has competition. Or, as the fine print says, “Image may not reflect the actual item.”
I didn’t watch the Golden Globe Awards last night. Come to think of it, I’ve never watched the Golden Globe Awards.
However, I was glad to learn that my favorite TV comedy or musical of the year, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, won the Golden Globe for best TV comedy or musical.
Even better, Rachel Brosnahan, the incredible actress who plays Midge Maisel, won the Golden Globe award for best actress in a leading role.
Here’s the trailer for the pilot of the series. While great, the series really gets its wheels about mid-way through the second season.
This video is hilarious. Or maybe it’s not.
Wow. This video produced by the New Yorker was posted on YouTube (below) a week ago and has already been viewed 850 whole times. This may not sound like it’s a lot, but it’s hipster-viral.
It’s one of those Freudian things about humor not being funny unless it’s not, or something like that.
For some reason, about 1/2 of the comments on the YouTube video are about how dumb it is.
Those commenters obviously don’t get the joke. They are probably the same people who don’t read poems in the New Yorker because the poems don’t rhyme or make sense.
Or perhaps they don’t understand the way that humor about Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, isn’t funny because of, well, Freudian things.
Me. I like this video because of its nuanced commentary on the value of winning a National Magazine Award. (Spoiler: $2).
Enjoy! (Or not.)
I didn’t lose, Trump will say in as many ways as possible.
(Update, November 9, 2017: I have updated this item due to some news I became aware of after it was posted.)
Note: This was written and posted on November 7, 2016, one day before the end of the presidential campaign from Hell. For the record, I voted early for Hillary Clinton and would have voted for Robert Mugabe if my choices were limited to Donald Trump and him. I feel confident about two things: Trump will win Tennessee, so my vote will mean little in the Electoral College.
Ten Ways Trump Will Explain Why He Didn’t Lose
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