The hardditzing staff (mistakenly) thought Labor Day Weekend meant you should work all three days, so here are some of the startling statistics we came across.
• From the New Republic’s 9/15 edition (sorry, no link: #TNRblows):
Most Americans can name their president. But according to a survey conducted by Georgetown University’s Dan Hopkins, only 35 percent can identify their mayor.
Seriously? Sixty-five percent of Bostonians don’t know that Marty Walsh is the mayah? That’s just hard to believe.
• But this is not. From Joel Stein’s 8/21 Time column:
Since I graduated in 1993, it has become uncool to major in the humanities. In 2010, 7% of U.S. graduates majored in one of the liberal arts, compared with 14% in 1966, which, percentage-wise, is some number I don’t understand, since I majored in English. A third fewer Harvard freshmen are interested in the humanities than the freshmen 10 years ago, and while nearly half the faculty at Stanford teach humanities, fewer than 20% of applicants are interested in taking their classes.
That bodes ill, eh? Then again, the hardworking staff majored in Greek and Latin, so what the hell do we know.
• According to TV Guide, Jon Stewart makes $25-30 million a year, Judge Judy Sheindlin makes $47 million, and Bill O’Reilly makes $18 million.
Then again, the hardworking staff majored in Greek and Latin. So what the hell do we make.
Surely the big bucks roll in from your occasional Beat the Press appearances.
I don’t know if they’re using a hologram of me over at the World’s Greatest Broadcast House, Steve, but I haven’t been on their air in six years.
Yeah I know. But one thing is certain – “Airplane” straight lines are wasted on you. 🙂
Right. Just don’t call me Shirley.
Why teach the droids humanities? They’ll only start asking questions. In Greek, or Latin.
Yeah, like: Why can’t I make a decent living?