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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What to Expect When You're Expecting Economic Recovery

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Other effects of the Great Depression: decline in marriage and birthrates (and probably recreational sex as well, though the only data that supports this supposition is a lower rate of the clap among Civilian Conservation Corps recruits than World War I draftees) and an increase in family togetherness, which in those days occasioned lots of time assembling jigsaw puzzles and playing Monopoly. (Yes, the game was originally conceived ironically; its inventor, Charles B. Darrow was, at the time, unemployed.)

In modern terms, this can probably be translated into an increased dependence upon birth control and Internet social networking. Apparently, though, Americans became much more interested in gardening and baking their own bread. Does that mean we'll lose interest in whole foods, too, once we can afford to eat out again?

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