Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sporting Events vs. Sporting Goods


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May 7, 2012
No end to US obesity epidemic, forecast shows

Severe obesity will double by 2030, when 11 percent of adults will be nearly 100 pounds overweight, or more, concluded the research led by Duke University.

When Gluttony Ruled!

Roman decadence is vividly portrayed in ancient literary sources and in depictions on vessels, frescoes, and mosaics. Feasting was a significant part of Roman society, so much so that satires were written mocking the frivolity of such affairs. Augustus (r. 27 B.C.-A.D. 14) attempted to control public and private gluttony by enforcing severe laws against extravagant menus or exorbitant spending for such events. But mere laws could not stifle the desire for delicacies and extravagant eating, especially among the elite of Roman society. The very people who established these laws were the first ones to break them!

The Roman Gladiator

After the slave revolt of Spartacus in 73 BC, the State assumed greater control of public games (ludi), and large numbers of gladiators were trained in imperial schools. (Interestingly, ludus means "game" and "school," because both required imitation and repetition.) Under the tutelage of a manager (lanista), a troupe (familia) of gladiators could be sold or hired out, and many were retained privately by politicians and wealthy citizens as bodyguards, especially in times of civil unrest.

This could never happen here of course. This isn't Rome; this is America!

Source Data:
BLS: Inflation & Prices Database

3 comments:

Mr Slippery said...

Roman decadence is vividly portrayed in ancient literary sources

It is also vividly portrayed in the future, only robots do it better. Behold the hedonism bot compilation.

Stagflationary Mark said...

Mr Slippery,

Obsobese

1. Gain 100 extra pounds.
2. Lose one's job to a robot.

Gallows humor. Sigh.

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