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If You're Thinking Of Having Kids Anytime Ever, This Pie Chart Might Make You Stop And Go WTF

Could a creeping focus on profits and less on the middle class (and middle-class parents!) in America be a reason no one noticed it got more expensive (for EVERY level of income person, BTW) in America to do the very basic life-thing of raising a child?

If You're Thinking Of Having Kids Anytime Ever, This Pie Chart Might Make You Stop And Go WTF

FACT CHECK TIME! The $45,000 increase in the overall cost of raising a child from 1960 to 2012 is based on the U.S. average for children in middle-income, husband-wife families.


You might be looking at the orange pieces of the pie while thinking, "Well, Lori, college got more expensive!" But check this out — this chart covers only K-12 education costs — the increasing cost of college does not even factor in. The report this comes from notes child care costs in 1960 "were negligible," but now that cost takes a sizable piece of the pie because one parent really can't just stay home anymore.

Also, just because sometimes you don’t know really great words that could help you describe your world — get involved with the word PLUTONOMY. A plutonomy is a system where the wealthiest class of society controls economic growth and wealth. I didn’t know it before I read this report either, and now I think about it a lot. Thanks to Investopedia for the definition of plutonomy that I liked the best.

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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'Merry Christmas' on YouTube.

The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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