Talking Points: Investing, Flu, Selfies

“When investing money, the amount invested should depend on whether you want to eat well or sleep well.” J. Kennfield Morley

Last winter, 80,000 Americans died of the flu and related complications, the most since the winter of 1976-77. Fox News, September 27, 2018

Over the past six years, at least 259 people around the world have died while taking selfies. Drowning was the leading cause, followed by incidents involving transportation- such as taking a selfie in front of an oncoming train. Other events included falling from cliffs, waterfalls, and buildings. The Week, October 4, 2018

A day in a U.S. hospital costs an average of $5,220, compared with $765 in Australia or $424 in Spain. Vox.com, October 4, 2018 

Pet spending in China has surged more than eightfold since 2010, to about $25 billion a year, mostly on cats and dogs, and the market is still growing. China has four times as many people as the United States but roughly half the number of household pets. The New York Times, October 22, 3018

Only one in three American was able to pass the multiple-choice test required for immigrants applying to become citizens. When quizzed, only 13% knew when the constitution was ratified, 60% didn’t know which countries the United States fought in WWII, and 57% couldn’t say how many justices are on the Supreme Court. The Miami Herald, October 3, 1028

I like the way a library is broken down into fiction and nonfiction. Basically, what they are saying is, “These people are lying- these people are telling the truth.” Jerry Seinfield

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