Monday, October 20, 2014

I'm Correcting My Earlier Prediction: Breaking Bad Action Figures Will Probably be the Best-Selling Toys for Christmas 2014

Walter doll, gun, meth and bag o' cash. (Not appropriate for kids age 4 and under.)
In a recent post, I predicted that the Dancing Groot toy will probably be the number one selling toy this Christmas.  I now think I was wrong.

After today's news release about a mom launching a national protest against Toys R Us for selling the "Breaking Bad Action Figure, complete with a detachable sack of cash and bag of blue crystal meth," I predict that this particular toy series is now guaranteed to be a sell-out.

Just look, your own Breaking Bad Lego RV Set.  Who knew?

And a Walter doll that actually resembles the t.v. character.

What's next, a Breaking Bad meth lab science kit?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Two Weeks Left - Do You Have Your Costume?

The Most Unique Job in Every U.S. State

This following list was complied by Mental Floss and Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl.  The two companies assessed "the percentage share of a state's workforce in a given occupation with the percentage share of the nationwide workforce in that occupation."

Who knew Minnesota led the field in slaughterers and meat packers?  Thank you, Hormel (and Gold'n Plump.)

Sometimes We Should Speak Up, Other Times, Not So Much - Various Takes on Talking With Others

Here's a Charming Video For People Who Are Afraid to Say "Hi"

Meanwhile, Here's a Slice of Reality About What you Say vs. What You Want to Say


And Finally, Here's a All-Too-True Video About The Weird Lies All Couples Tell Each Other


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Just a Reminder That Things Are a Bit Different in India

Well, to be honest, we see this here, too.

Pleated Jeans

The Fastest Growing Job in the U.S. is One of the Worst Paid

The home care industry of personal care aides and home health aides is the fastest growing sector of the American economy. Unfortunately, most holders of these jobs are not making enough money to sustain their families.

Why?  Because in part, the median salary for a personal care aide is $19,910 a year and the median salary for a home health aide is $20,820.

The U.S. population is rapidly aging and as a result, these two professions are expected to grow almost 50% from now through 2022.

If you're wondering what's so bad about an annual salary this low, check out the following post that shows the statistics for households with incomes less than $30,000 per year.


Unique Statistics About the American Class System That Help Define Its Members

In "The Answers Issue," Time Magazine profiled five classes of American society.  In doing so, the author, Emily Barone, chose some interesting statistics to help define their members.  These are the graphics that accompanied the article.

Check out the correlations between household income, life span and happiness.

Households earning more than $200,000 per year

Households earning between $100,000 and $199,00 per year.

Households earning between $60,000 and $99,00 per year.

 Households earning between $30,000 and $59,000 per year.

Households earning less than $29,000 per year.

Time, "Who We Are," 9/8/14, pp. 53-58