Friday, February 17, 2012

Co-ed Naked Pole Vaulting*


If I have to explain who Abbott and Costello are, forget I even posted this and just enjoy visions of the title



COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT: Good subject. Terrible times. It's about 9%.

COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that's 16%.

COSTELLO: You just said 9%.

ABBOTT: 9% Unemployed.

COSTELLO: Right 9% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that's 16%.

COSTELLO: Okay, so it's 16% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that's 9%...

COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 9% or 16%?

ABBOTT: 9% are unemployed. 16% are out of work.

COSTELLO: If you are out of work you are unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, you can't count the "Out of Work" as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.

COSTELLO: But... they are out of work!

ABBOTT: No, you miss my point.

COSTELLO: What point?

ABBOTT: Someone who doesn't look for work, can't be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn't be fair.

COSTELLO: To who?

ABBOTT: The unemployed.

COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.

ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work... Those who are out of work stopped looking. They gave up. And, if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.

COSTELLO: So if you're off the unemployment roles, that would count as less unemployment?

ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!

COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don't look for work?

ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That's how you get to 9%. Otherwise it would be 16%. You don't want to read about 16% unemployment do ya?

COSTELLO: That would be frightening.

ABBOTT: Absolutely.

COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?

ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.

COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?

ABBOTT: Correct.

COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?

ABBOTT: Bingo.

COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to just stop looking for work.

ABBOTT: Now you're thinking like an economist.

COSTELLO: I don't even know what the hell I just said!

*If I'd titled this Co-ed Naked Snow Jogging it would've been plagiarism.
This is creativity

7 comments:

  1. Abbott and Costello were always good for a few laughs. When I was a kid people told me I looked like one of them. Care to guess which one?

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  2. Clever... both the post and the title

    I wonder what Suldog's gonna thing?

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  3. What Skip said. The premise is clever, the reality of the unemployment rate is something else. As is the gub'mint lying about it.

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  4. I'll say it's creativity! This is great stuff, no matter what title you put on it :-)

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    1. To tell the truth, the title was to see if it could attract pageviews
      It hasn't helped much, the DeWalt nailgun and the brown noser are still attracting the most curiosity

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  5. you forgot about how they don't count the long term unemployed whose benefits have run out. just proves the point that there are lies, damned lies, and statistics.

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