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Wednesday, May 04, 2005
 
Sunglasses

The following report appears in the latest issue of the perceptive US on line magazine The Onion
U.S. Leads World In Lost Sunglasses

WASHINGTON, DC—According to a report by the Bureau of Accessory Statistics, each year the U.S. loses more pairs of sunglasses per person than any other nation. "Over 1.6 billion pairs of sunglasses are lost by Americans concerned with shielding their eyes from excess light and harmful UVA radiation," the report read. "This works out to six pairs of sunglasses per American per year, or 50 pairs of sunglasses lost every second." In second place, Italy has a lost-sunglasses rate of one pair per citizen per year, followed by Japan, Iceland, and Portugal with loss rates of 23, 19, and 16 respectively.
This bit: 'Over 1.6 billion pairs of sunglasses are lost by Americans concerned with shielding their eyes from excess light and harmful UVA radiation...' immediately raised my suspicions; it’s obviously a spoof. Now, if the quote had begun: ‘Over 1.6 billion pairs of sunglasses are lost by Americans concerned with looking cool...’, I might have believed it.


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