And Now for Something Completely Different

Self is so tired lately that she has no problem falling asleep. Wow! She never realized that teaching so many classes was a cure for insomnia! If only she’d known sooner, she would have signed up for four classes year-round!

Anyhoo, self wonderfully refreshed after 6 hours of sleep, decides to read guilty pleasure Marie Claire. And here’s what she finds on p. 90 of the August 2008 issue (the one with sweet Maggie Gyllenhaal on the cover)


In Ireland, thanks in part to the arrival of Sex and the City, vodka has overtaken whiskey as the spirit of choice.

A dramatic drop in Brazil’s birthrate over the past four decades, from 6.3 to 2.3 children per woman, is partly attributed to wildly popular soap operas that portray small families.

Americans who regularly watch TV shows about plastic surgery are more likely to have some kind of cosmetic procedure.

Local media report that the arrival in China of the show Friends caused fans to imitate the characters’ lifestyles by finding apartments close to each other.

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