Breakfast, Conception and Divorce: What I Learned from Magazines This Week



Ten percent of Europeans were conceived in an Ikea bed. 

(Time 2/12/18)


Life expectancy in the US is actually going down.

(Time, 2/12/18)


Centenarians rarely skip breakfast.

(Time 2/26/18)


Princess Margaret’s husband once left her a note detailing “Twenty-Four Reasons Why I Hate You.”

(The New Yorker, 5/21/18)


Writer Anthony Powell divided his readership into “fans” and “shits.”

(The New Yorker, 11/12/18) 


One third of Americans believe that the ideal situation for young children is one in which their mother doesn’t work at all. Only 4% say the same of fathers.

(Money, 8/18)


Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, makes $231,000 per minute.

Time 7/30/18


There’s a Japanese company that stages divorce ceremonies which often include a power point presentation illustrating where the marriage went wrong and other illustrative devices.  (In one ceremony, the husband, dressed as a human-size wedding bouquet, was attached to a bungee cord and pushed off a cliff by his soon-to-be-ex wife.)

(The New Yorker, 4/30/18) 


(Roz Warren  is the author of Our Bodies, Our Shelves: Library Humor .)






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3 thoughts on “Breakfast, Conception and Divorce: What I Learned from Magazines This Week”

  1. Clearly I need to start reading more magazines, Roz! These are valuable tidbits of information. I’m feeling good about my longevity, since I never miss a meal – even breakfast.

  2. The life expectancy one is telling, not at all in a good way. It is as efficient a shorthand for evaluating the success of a society as you could want. Ours is not exactly covering itself in glory.

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