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(Christian Science Monitor)   Americans will average $80 per person on Halloween candy, Americans will average $0 on Hurricane Sandy relief   (csmonitor.com) divider line 153
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2012-11-01 12:54:02 AM  
1) That $80 figure includes all the Halloween stuff, not just candy. I paid $10 for a jumbo mixed bag of candy, but I probably spent about $70 on decorations and my kid's costume

2) Some Americans will donate for hurricane relief so the average won't technically be zero

3) I donate to FEMA every April 15. Then money I gave this past April is going to help in NYC as we speak.
 
2012-11-01 12:57:32 AM  
So the argument is that because people don't contribute to disaster relief we should eliminate federal funding for disaster relief because people will contribute to disaster relief.
 
2012-11-01 01:04:58 AM  
SHUT. DOWN. HALLOWEEN.
 
2012-11-01 01:18:04 AM  
I tried donating blood today but they farked up the machine with the needle in my arm and everything. Kicker is that the system won't even let me donate again until December. I was furious since the only reason they wouldn't move me to a new machine (before it broke) is that they'd have to get a new kit. I'm sure it's 15-20 per, but still, isn't blood pretty damn valuable? That's not to say I'm not going to donate again but I can't in a time of crisis because my local blood service was being cheap.
 
2012-11-01 01:23:59 AM  

azmoviez: I tried donating blood today but they farked up the machine with the needle in my arm and everything. Kicker is that the system won't even let me donate again until December. I was furious since the only reason they wouldn't move me to a new machine (before it broke) is that they'd have to get a new kit. I'm sure it's 15-20 per, but still, isn't blood pretty damn valuable? That's not to say I'm not going to donate again but I can't in a time of crisis because my local blood service was being cheap.


DEATH PANEL!
 
2012-11-01 02:59:56 AM  
$80 per person? Really?

So the "typical" family of 4 spends $320? And every retired couple in some Florida condo, that hasn't seen a trick-or-treater in years, spends $160? And as a country we spend $24 billion?

Sorry, don't buy that number.
 
2012-11-01 03:17:45 AM  

mr_a: $80 per person? Really?

So the "typical" family of 4 spends $320? And every retired couple in some Florida condo, that hasn't seen a trick-or-treater in years, spends $160? And as a country we spend $24 billion?

Sorry, don't buy that number.


Averages, how do they work?

Also, from TFA:
Just how much chocolate, gummy worms, and lollipops are we talking about? The National Confectioners Association says that Americans will buy more than 600 million pounds of candy this year - just for Halloween. That adds up to $2.4 billion spent on sweets in the weeks leading up to Oct. 31.
 
2012-11-01 03:28:31 AM  

propasaurus: mr_a: $80 per person? Really?

So the "typical" family of 4 spends $320? And every retired couple in some Florida condo, that hasn't seen a trick-or-treater in years, spends $160? And as a country we spend $24 billion?

Sorry, don't buy that number.

Averages, how do they work?

Also, from TFA:
Just how much chocolate, gummy worms, and lollipops are we talking about? The National Confectioners Association says that Americans will buy more than 600 million pounds of candy this year - just for Halloween. That adds up to $2.4 billion spent on sweets in the weeks leading up to Oct. 31.


Yes, I understand how averages work. But stop and think about that number- Everybody spends, on average, $80? So for every person who doesn't spend $80, someone has to spend $160 to cover it. That includes people who don't celebrate Halloween (elderly, babies, religious objectors, people that just don't like the holiday, etc), and couples that spend $5 on a bag of candy just in case someone rings their doorbell.
 
2012-11-01 04:06:06 AM  

mr_a: propasaurus: mr_a: $80 per person? Really?

So the "typical" family of 4 spends $320? And every retired couple in some Florida condo, that hasn't seen a trick-or-treater in years, spends $160? And as a country we spend $24 billion?

Sorry, don't buy that number.

Averages, how do they work?

Also, from TFA:
Just how much chocolate, gummy worms, and lollipops are we talking about? The National Confectioners Association says that Americans will buy more than 600 million pounds of candy this year - just for Halloween. That adds up to $2.4 billion spent on sweets in the weeks leading up to Oct. 31.

Yes, I understand how averages work. But stop and think about that number- Everybody spends, on average, $80? So for every person who doesn't spend $80, someone has to spend $160 to cover it. That includes people who don't celebrate Halloween (elderly, babies, religious objectors, people that just don't like the holiday, etc), and couples that spend $5 on a bag of candy just in case someone rings their doorbell.


It also includes the house up the street that spends a fortune on setting up a Halloween graveyard in the front lawn with flying ghosts and animatronic skeletons.
 
2012-11-01 08:49:29 AM  

propasaurus: mr_a: propasaurus: mr_a: $80 per person? Really?

So the "typical" family of 4 spends $320? And every retired couple in some Florida condo, that hasn't seen a trick-or-treater in years, spends $160? And as a country we spend $24 billion?

Sorry, don't buy that number.

Averages, how do they work?

Also, from TFA:
Just how much chocolate, gummy worms, and lollipops are we talking about? The National Confectioners Association says that Americans will buy more than 600 million pounds of candy this year - just for Halloween. That adds up to $2.4 billion spent on sweets in the weeks leading up to Oct. 31.

Yes, I understand how averages work. But stop and think about that number- Everybody spends, on average, $80? So for every person who doesn't spend $80, someone has to spend $160 to cover it. That includes people who don't celebrate Halloween (elderly, babies, religious objectors, people that just don't like the holiday, etc), and couples that spend $5 on a bag of candy just in case someone rings their doorbell.

It also includes the house up the street that spends a fortune on setting up a Halloween graveyard in the front lawn with flying ghosts and animatronic skeletons.


Maybe all that retarded zombie makeup costs more than we think.
 
2012-11-01 09:44:14 AM  
So Halloween is a holiday now?
 
2012-11-01 09:45:25 AM  
In that part of the coontry, $80 per person won't even pay for their lunch.
 
2012-11-01 09:45:43 AM  
$80?


Brought to you by The Institute of Numbers We Pulled Out of Our Ass.
 
2012-11-01 09:46:51 AM  
Even if the $80 is in treats to hand out in the neighborhood, how bad is it that someone spends $80 to make the kids in their own neighborhood happy.
 
2012-11-01 09:46:58 AM  

propasaurus: mr_a: $80 per person? Really?

So the "typical" family of 4 spends $320? And every retired couple in some Florida condo, that hasn't seen a trick-or-treater in years, spends $160? And as a country we spend $24 billion?

Sorry, don't buy that number.

Averages, how do they work?

Also, from TFA:
Just how much chocolate, gummy worms, and lollipops are we talking about? The National Confectioners Association says that Americans will buy more than 600 million pounds of candy this year - just for Halloween. That adds up to $2.4 billion spent on sweets in the weeks leading up to Oct. 31.


Also from TFA:

"All together, the US will spend $8 billion this Halloween" - that's closer to $25-30 per person.

Maybe whoever was in charge of this hard hitting piece isn't real strong on fact checking, or arithmetic.
 
2012-11-01 09:47:19 AM  
Um, I think they missed a decimal there. $2.4 billion / 300 million is about $8 per person.
Or if you go by the larger figure, $8 billion / 300 million is about $27.
 
2012-11-01 09:47:49 AM  
Leave Halloween alone subby. its one of the few holidays people actually enjoy
 
2012-11-01 09:48:07 AM  
 
2012-11-01 09:48:37 AM  

Krieghund:

3) I donate to FEMA every April 15. Then money I gave this past April is going to help in NYC as we speak.


THIS. And I'm more than happy to pay when I know my money is going for something like this than blowing up shiat in a far off place.
 
2012-11-01 09:49:44 AM  
ust how much chocolate, gummy worms, and lollipops are we talking about? The National Confectioners Association says that Americans will buy more than 600 million pounds of candy this year - just for Halloween. That adds up to $2.4 billion spent on sweets in the weeks leading up to Oct. 31


That comes out to about 8 bucks per literal person in the US. And at 2.6 persons per households (according to the census), that's about 20 bucks on candy per household. That numbers strikes me as really high so I guessing that a number of orgs buy in bulk which skews the number upward.
 
2012-11-01 09:49:58 AM  
Individuals giving money? What old fashioned bullshiat is that?
I thought the government is supposed to take care of it all.
 
2012-11-01 09:50:33 AM  
Cleanup and repair for me from Sandy will far exceed $80. It was even worse last year with Irene and the storms. I'm paying plenty if 'relief'.
 
2012-11-01 09:52:03 AM  
'of'. Not 'if'. 'of'.

Oh, and I do donate annually to AmeriCares. I like them much better than the Red Cross.
 
2012-11-01 09:53:35 AM  
I'm not saying this is the main problem, but every news story I've read is either that over-personalized story about one person who lost everything, or it's about how Obama and Romney are politicizing the response to the disaster.

How about newspapers print a friggin map, and highlight the worst of the disaster areas, and list agencies that will accept my donation?
 
2012-11-01 09:53:35 AM  
This is supposed to make me feel bad?
 
2012-11-01 09:53:39 AM  
Sounds like some version of cop math.

/spent $0
// live in the boonies
/// get offa my lawn
 
2012-11-01 09:54:05 AM  
Americans will average $0 on Hurricane Sandy relief

Thankfully, we have federal taxes to counter the miserly nature of humanity. Thank God for FEMA.

Doesn't hurt to donate a little extra to relief efforts, though.
 
2012-11-01 09:54:38 AM  
WTF would I want to do anything that would encourage Sandy to knocking on my door again next year?
 
2012-11-01 09:55:04 AM  

Demetrius: 'of'. Not 'if'. 'of'.

Oh, and I do donate annually to AmeriCares. I like them much better than the Red Cross.


Didn't know about them. Thanks for the tip.
 
2012-11-01 09:55:12 AM  
Hopefully the majority of people affected by Hurricane Sandy have insurance. Of course, a lot of it was flooding which isn't covered by normal insurance (you need to have had flood insurance).
 
2012-11-01 09:55:38 AM  
Obama takes care of that stuff now
 
2012-11-01 09:56:23 AM  
"News" articles have an average of two bullshiat statistics per article.
 
2012-11-01 09:56:44 AM  
Simple, announce all foreign aid will be suspended and redirected to Sandy recovery. Wont cover all of it but would be a good start.

/subby must live in moms basement if he think we dont give after shiat like this, fark off subby.
 
2012-11-01 09:56:44 AM  
Oh look another "Let's hate America!" article.

Let's ignore the hundreds of power crews that traveled hundreds of miles to help. Let's ignore all the stories of food/water donations because as MSNBC snidely points out that's not what the Red Cross says it needs... And apparently what the Red Cross says is all that matters so just ignore the other charity organizations saying they will be glad to take food/water donations. A lot of people donate more in time than they do in money and this disaster, like all disasters, shows the kindness and generosity of many Americans.
 
2012-11-01 09:58:22 AM  
Somewhere, someone is suffering. Therefore you should suffer too.
 
2012-11-01 09:59:03 AM  
And modmins will redlight any thread going towards donations to the Red Cross.

/damn right I'm bitter.
 
2012-11-01 10:00:25 AM  

hobbesthetyger: Um, I think they missed a decimal there. $2.4 billion / 300 million is about $8 per person.
Or if you go by the larger figure, $8 billion / 300 million is about $27.


They're using Creationist Mathtm
 
2012-11-01 10:00:36 AM  

Orgasmatron138: Demetrius: 'of'. Not 'if'. 'of'.

Oh, and I do donate annually to AmeriCares. I like them much better than the Red Cross.

Didn't know about them. Thanks for the tip.


Far more of your donation goes directly to aid with AmeriCares than it does with the Red Cross. They do good work.
 
2012-11-01 10:01:37 AM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Americans will average $0 on Hurricane Sandy relief

Thankfully, we have federal taxes to counter the miserly nature of humanity. Thank God for FEMA.

Doesn't hurt to donate a little extra to relief efforts, though.


I agree. I'll make sure to buy some booze since it's taxed at an extra high rate.
 
2012-11-01 10:01:38 AM  

Kit Fister: And modmins will redlight any thread going towards donations to the Red Cross.

/damn right I'm bitter.


Maybe they get a commission?
 
2012-11-01 10:05:52 AM  
How can we encourage investors to put money into businesses that were taken out by this storm? I know, let raise capital gains tax from 15% currently to at least 23.8%!!
 
2012-11-01 10:06:08 AM  

Kit Fister: And modmins will redlight any thread going towards donations to the Red Cross.

/damn right I'm bitter.


Yet you give to be able to see the redlight donation pages. Maybe they think only people who pay to see those pages are the only ones who can afford to give.

\have they gotten rid of advertising on the pay pages yet?
 
2012-11-01 10:07:22 AM  
Let the Mega Churches handle it.
 
2012-11-01 10:07:43 AM  
It's none of your damn business what I do with my money, subby!
 
2012-11-01 10:08:54 AM  

Krieghund:
2) Some Americans will donate for hurricane relief so the average won't technically be zero


I keep betting people that I can prove that the next winner of Wimbledon will have less than 2 arms.

statistically speaking.
 
2012-11-01 10:10:25 AM  
We're better off without New England.
 
2012-11-01 10:10:46 AM  
Spent $0 on Halloween, so i'm way below average, just like penis size
 
2012-11-01 10:10:51 AM  
The US consistently ranks in the top ten countries for charitable contributions.

One source (there are lots more).
 
2012-11-01 10:10:53 AM  

Krieghund: 1) That $80 figure includes all the Halloween stuff, not just candy. I paid $10 for a jumbo mixed bag of candy, but I probably spent about $70 on decorations and my kid's costume

2) Some Americans will donate for hurricane relief so the average won't technically be zero

3) I donate to FEMA every April 15. Then money I gave this past April is going to help in NYC as we speak.


Donating to FEMA is like chopping your dick off in order to have sex... you will ~technically~ get something sex like as they handle it to put it back on.... donate red cross if you want real shiat done with your money. The people in need will get more than randomly handled by a remote person.
 
2012-11-01 10:11:47 AM  

mr_a: propasaurus: mr_a: $80 per person? Really?

So the "typical" family of 4 spends $320? And every retired couple in some Florida condo, that hasn't seen a trick-or-treater in years, spends $160? And as a country we spend $24 billion?

Sorry, don't buy that number.

Averages, how do they work?

Also, from TFA:
Just how much chocolate, gummy worms, and lollipops are we talking about? The National Confectioners Association says that Americans will buy more than 600 million pounds of candy this year - just for Halloween. That adds up to $2.4 billion spent on sweets in the weeks leading up to Oct. 31.

Yes, I understand how averages work. But stop and think about that number- Everybody spends, on average, $80? So for every person who doesn't spend $80, someone has to spend $160 to cover it. That includes people who don't celebrate Halloween (elderly, babies, religious objectors, people that just don't like the holiday, etc), and couples that spend $5 on a bag of candy just in case someone rings their doorbell.


there's a house in our town that puts up a full sized sinking ghost pirate ship with lasers and smoke and animatronic skeletons. I'm pretty sure they're picking up the slack for a lot of those other people. I'd guess they spend over $5000 every year just on the decorations.
 
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