The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 January 2006

Factoids? We got some

Playboy has a page every month called "Raw Data," described reasonably enough as "significa, insignifica, stats and facts." Once in a while there's something worth mentioning here, but the February issue hits the trifecta.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that raising the price of beer 20 cents would cut gonorrhea rates among young adults by almost 9%.

That isn't on the CDC's Alcohol Factsheet, but this is: "For every 1% increase in the price of beer, the traffic fatality rate declines by 0.9% (Ruhm, 1996)." I'm just waiting for someone to pitch the idea of increasing beer prices by 111 percent in the expectation that the action would almost completely eliminate traffic deaths.

According to insurance company Progressive, 35% of Americans would change political parties for $500.

I can be bought, but not that cheaply. Maybe they mean "on primary-election day."

44% of women say they can't enjoy sex with a less intelligent partner.

Go back to sleep, Maureen.

Posted at 11:27 AM to Dyssynergy

But it's only 44 percent, Charles.

Posted by: Sean Gleeson at 8:09 PM on 27 January 2006

You sure know a lot about Playboy.

Hey. Just sayin'.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 8:17 PM on 27 January 2006

Charles, are you in the process of indexing Playboy?

Posted by: miriam at 8:18 PM on 27 January 2006

I got this out of one issue; this would hardly indicate that I have, oh, twenty-two years' worth of back issues on hand.

(Besides, why reinvent the wheel?)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:38 PM on 27 January 2006