From the Pack Rat files – a year-end collection

Here are notes from random slips of processed and printed upon wood that I had collected and stuffed into a pile – along with their sources.

  • Every 4.8 minutes on TV between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. there are instances of violent, profane, or sexual content according to the Parents Television Council. (Time magazine, as quoted in The Week, 9/28/07)
  • Education seems to be working – the percentage of parents imposing TV restrictions for children 6-11 jumped from 60% in 1994 to 71% in 2004. U.S. Census numbers also showed that parents are reading more to children and are encouraging them to participate in extracurricular activities that focus on education. (Associated Press, as cited in Grand Rapids Press, 11/1/07)
  • “The average American now spends more money on entertainment than on gasoline, household furnishings, and clothing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most affluent 20% spend more on cable TV, high-speed Internet connections, movies, sports events, and other diversions – $4,516 a year- than on health care, utilities, clothing, and food eaten at home. “ (The New York Times, as cited in The Week, 12/2/05)
  • Teens are a prime market for high caffeine, high energy drinks such as Red Bull, according to Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Medical experts warn that too much Red Bull could lead to serious heart palpitations. A new teen trend is to use high-energy drinks as mixers with alcohol. (Chicago Tribune, as cited in the Holland Sentinel, 9/20/07)
  • Bumper sticker seen on a car ahead of me:Instant gratification takes too long!Interestingly this car also had a radar detector on the dashboard and a spoiler on the rear deck (presumably to improve handling the power of the car at high speeds!)Take some time to slow down during Christmas break and have a Happy New Year!

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