Sunday, November 16, 2014

Parabolic Trend Failure of the Day: Family Clothing Store Employment

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“You never know who's swimming naked until the tide goes out.” - Warren Buffett

Well, now we know! American families are!

A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!

Alternately pathetic and arrogant, the hunchbacked villain-king Richard III is about to meet his doom at the hands of the future Henry VII. Richard's most memorable line is actually supposed to sound halfway valiant—he refuses to forsake the fray although his horse has bit the dust. But even in its day, the line became the stuff of irreverent quotation.

A parabola, a parabola! My kingdom for a parabola!

Shakespeare's contemporary, the playwright, satirist, and cad John Marston, parodied Richard's outcry obsessively ("A boat, a boat, a boat, a full hundred marks for a boat!"; "A fool, a fool, a fool, my coxcomb for a fool!"—a coxcomb is a fool's cap). Marston set the decidedly less than hilarious pace for generations of wits: the line is always good for a cheap laugh.

This is good, because our economy can no longer afford expensive laughs!

Source Data:
BLS: CES Databases


dearieme said...

I so hate shopping for clothes that I'd rather order them by post, and send back anything that doesn't fit.

Stagflationary Mark said...


I so hate shopping for clothes...

Quite a few years ago, I hoarded a LOT of t-shirts, underwear, and socks as long-term stores of value in a negative real interest rate world.

I must admit that it was nice to get all that shopping out of the way! ;)