Friday, October 26, 2007

There's a sucker born every minute...and in every demographic...

According to the Associated Press, roughly equal proportions of Americans believe in ghosts and UFOs as like baseball, endorse the Iraq war, and approve of Bush's job performance. This article is striking not only for how high some of the numbers are, but how surprising some of the demographic breakdowns. Turns out every type of American believes in something foolish.

What I'd like to see is the proportions and demographic breakdowns for belief in astrology. I am ceaselessly fascinated by how many thoughtful, educated, intelligent individuals allow themselves to believe that the relative positions of Saturn and Mars affect whether they should accept an invitation for a date. Simply stunning.

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