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How The Average American Adult Spends 24 Hours Each Day

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It may come as a surprise to some that when distributed across all American adults (15+, male and female), including weekends, the average American spent just 3.57 hours out of every 24 on work and work-related activities in 2011, according to the BLS' American Time Survey. The number one time consuming activity? Sleep, at 8.71 hours (an all time high for the series), followed by Leisure and Sports with 5.21 hours in second place. The balance of the 6.51 hours remaining? 1.77 hours for Household Activities, 1.24 for Eating and Drinking, and so on, until we hit less than half an hour (0.47 hours) spent on education activities. At least the average time spent on telephone calls, mail and email is not more than the amount of time Americans spend edumacating themselves.

Americans may be working less, but at least they are sleeping more than ever.

Of course, the above does not mean that the average working American's day job lasts only from 9am until 12:45pm. Once again, this is simply an averaging across all Americans, including that half that does no paid work, as well as those who do part-time work while factoring weekend time off. With work an ever more sensitive topic for everyone from Obama to the Fed, this is how the BLS breakdown the hourly workload data:

  • On days that they worked, employed persons spent an average of 7.6 hours working. More hours were worked, on average, on weekdays than on weekend days—8.0 hours compared with 5.7 hours.
  • On the days that they worked, employed men worked 47 minutes more than employed women. This difference partly reflects women's greater likelihood of working part time. However, even among full-time workers (those usually working 35 hours or more per week), men worked longer than women—8.3 hours compared with 7.8 hours.
  • Many more persons worked on weekdays than on weekend days: 82 percent of employed persons worked on an average weekday, compared with 35 percent on an average weekend day. These estimates include individuals who worked on days they were not normally scheduled to work. For example, the 35 percent of workers who worked on a weekend day includes those whose jobs are typically scheduled on weekends, as well as those who usually work on weekdays but spent time working on the weekend.
  • On the days that they worked, 21 percent of employed persons did some or all of their work at home, and 85 percent did some or all of their work at their workplace. Men and women were about equally likely to do some or all of their work at home.
  • Multiple jobholders were more likely to work on an average weekend day than were single jobholders—57 percent compared with 33 percent. Multiple jobholders were also more likely to work at home than single jobholders—31 percent compared with 20 percent.
  • Self-employed workers were three times more likely than wage and salary workers to have done some work at home on days worked—56 percent compared with 18 percent.
  • On the days that they worked, 36 percent of employed persons age 25 and over with a bachelor's degree or higher did some work at home, compared with only 11 percent of those with less than a high school diploma.

Sure they did: how else are they going to pay off those tens of thousands in college loans.

Select additional data in chart format:

Percent of population who worked on weekdays and weekend days

Percent of employed persons who worked at home on an average day

Percent of employed persons who worked at home on an average day, by education level

Percent of employed persons who did selected activities on workdays by hour of day


So less work more sleep: with increasing automation, an ever older population and an economy that is still mired in a deep depression only masked by the global central planners' attempts at reflating asset prices and generating a "confidence boosting" wealth effect for some, and welfare for others, the this is hardly surprising.

However, perhaps what is most interesting, and what is best known by a regime whose survivial depends on preserving confidence in the system, is that as a result of all of the above, the amount of time spent by Americans and by the entire developed, if insolvent, world in front of the TV, is now at an all time high. Here is Goldman's take on this phenomenon:

From a media perspective, older demographics watch more TV but advertisers are keener on younger audiences – in particular young males with disposable incomes. We believe that this could change, as older demographics are more tech savvy and engage with social media and innovations such as second screen applications. As targeted advertising becomes more widespread, advertisers may come to value older demographics more. BSkyB is in the process of implementing Ad-Smart, a targeted advertising service which marries subscriber data with bought-in public records and credit data. This should allow advertisers to serve different commercials to individual households.

There's that. And there is also the much simpler question of pure propaganda blasting at everyone 24/7 on some 1000 cable channels.

So that takes care of the "circuses". As for the "bread"? Well, as we learned earlier, eat moar insects.



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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:42 | 3557802 Lost Wages
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We are making up for all the sleep we lost in college when we were racking up those student loans & pulling all-nighters for art history exams.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:00 | 3557901 The Heart
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Not to forget that in most socialist collages these days they teach a class called, Who Gives a Fish 202, and the prerequisite, Beer Drinking 101 in which the higher education consists of thinking there is some kind of future for those who religiously weekly practice regurgitory-drinking, and not caring about anything. Yeah, it's called a Ph D in Carelessology from Who Gives a Flock U.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:12 | 3557948 TeamDepends
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Yep, "socialist collage" pretty much sums it up.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:43 | 3558099 Say What Again
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They state that eating & drinking only accounts for 1.24 % of the time.

The report is flawed -- Dead Giveaway!!!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:17 | 3558258 boogerbently
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Thenext bubble to burst, the "chart" bubble.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 19:34 | 3558518 TwoShortPlanks
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It's more like; Social Media 35%, Sleeping 30%, Eating 10%, Talking Shit 10%, Taking A Dump 5%.

Has anyone actually watched people, honestly? I have/do, and the average fucktard wanker is literally GLUED to their iPrison.

Q: How do you fix the global economy?

A: Remove Social Media...liquidate Gen-Y

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 21:16 | 3558824 Pool Shark
Mon, 05/13/2013 - 21:28 | 3558859 Debt-Penitent
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This story had me nodding in agreeance until the TV wathing-time chart.  It's mostly BS...and going up?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 19:12 | 3558458 Graph
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FYI, before you run your smart smirk, former Socialist Countries in Europe had superbly educated people. Communists had one nasty habit: before they take money from coal miner and steel worker to educate somebody's ass they make sure that that ass belongs to that particular college. No open check book by rich daddy or "athletic skills" to get you there.

Disclaimer: Not in defense of Socialism just to set the record straight

 For sixty or so years Elite made you occupied with Russia, Socialism, Communism while they, like Las Vegas magician, run "White Glove" engineering of 2008. Like fucking deer in the headlights the best that you can come up with is "It's all communists/socialists fault". Think!


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 19:26 | 3558502 walküre
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As a whole, Americans will never match the level of sophistication most Eastern Europeans including Russians had developed under the guise of communism. Great thinkers, great engineers and scientists, great musicians, writers and actors and athletes. Communism took care of everything basic, and the individual had time to develop their skills. State subsidized theater, concerts and opera made the personal cultural enrichment accessible and available to all. Of course there was propaganda but not the kind that broadcasts bullshit by degenerates 24/7 into the minds and hearts of Americans today.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 20:22 | 3558666 Graph
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Sixty or so years long story of communism in America:

Elite to six pack Joe: "Listen, we are going to gang rape your wife and all thre daughters...because we suspect that they are communists!"

Six pack (after initial shock): Oh...well, I guess it's ok...go ahead."

Elite again: "We see that you got some healthy and strong boys ...we may need them to fight communism."

Six pack: " problem."

The end.


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 21:04 | 3558784 TeamDepends
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Comrade, believe what you want/what they tell you.  You always do! 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 21:52 | 3558951 Graph
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A free thinker?

Before writing a "Comrade" check my disclaimer @ post above.

 Did you check yourself for pavlovian drool or possibly compulsive obsessive disorder diagnosis when it comes to word "Socialism" - which I suspect is what THEY told you while robbing you blind. Or maybe you are the one robbing?



Mon, 05/13/2013 - 22:29 | 3559055 TeamDepends
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You underestimate Joe Six Pack.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 21:39 | 3558895 Koba
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 The United States should not, and hopefully will never, reach that level of "sophistication".  Much of the truly groundbreaking work was done by gentlemen scientists.  People who had to work one job and hone their craft in their personal time.  

Like most of Europe, the Soviet Union produced lots of people who know great deal about many things, but almost nothing about how to actually do things.  The United States' strength is that it produces people who know how to put all of that knowledge to use.  

Most people from the former Soviet Union can easily quote Pushkin and almost no Americans are aware of the name Pushkin, yet Russians are paying top dollar to learn English, purchase Apple and other American products, become educated at a university in American or work for an American company.

I gladly prefer doers over sophisticants. 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:00 | 3557902 negative rates
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It's 24/7 yoga around here. Cause if I aint without, i'm stayin in my room. 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:01 | 3557909 redpill
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Where's the pie piece for "cussing at politicians and taking shots in ZH drinking contests"

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:10 | 3557938 Chupacabra-322
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What?  No pie piece for Criminal Homosexual "in the closet" and pedophilia sex by Criminal Politicians.   

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:01 | 3558185 NotApplicable
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That's in the educational wedge.

Of course, said behavior may be seen as raycisss.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 19:50 | 3558571 Son of Loki
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"Specifically, the survey revealed 64 percent of employees visit non-work related websites every day at work. Of that group, 39 percent spend one hour or less per week, 29 percent spend 2 hours per week, 21 percent waste five hours per week, and only 3 percent said they waste 10 hours or more doing unrelated activities."


Underestimate imo.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 21:36 | 3558885 MilleniumJane
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Possibly.  I spend 5 minutes every day just to look at CNN and see what's happening.  ZH and all the rest are for home only.  My bosses can stuff it as far as I'm concerned.  Even if they said something, I haven't had a friggin' pay raise in over 4 years, so I consider this to be part of my compensation package.  25 minutes a week ain't gonna kill them, considering I never take a lunch break anyway.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 22:56 | 3559100 Prometheus418
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That may be the lamest "stuff it" I've ever heard.  No, seriously.

To be fair, about 95% of the time, I'm in the less than one hour demographic, because I have a lot of things to do.  But every once in a while, on the rare occasions when I catch up, I get other shit done on the clock.  And, I not only take my lunch- but also the other two 15 min. breaks everyone else gets.

I think you need a nice RDP on your home machine- here's what you need.  If you have Win 7, enable multiple concurrent logins on both your home and work boxes, set up a "remote" profile, then get an anonymous account with a free domain server that will accomodate your (likely) floating IP address.  Set your home router to update the domain server when it aquires a new address, and open a tunnel to your home machine (which must have a fixed local IP)  Use your domain as a target for your RDP connection.  When you're at work, RDP tunnel to your home machine and use the terminal to do whatever you want- they can see the RDP tunnel to your domain, but no specific traffic.  This not only bypasses any work server firewalls, but it also masks your specific activity.  If you have to justify it (and I never have) you could theoretically say you were working at home the night before, and needed to grab the files from your home machine.  The port can't be closed, because any travelling execs need to use RDP on the road, and changing the default port is more than most sysadmins are willing to do.

Sadly, the very fact that I spent time working that out means that any "non-work" stuff I'm looking at generally ends up benefiting the company anyway.  But what can I say, geeks look at geek shit.  If you follow the last paragraph, you can use it for whatever you want- and it sounds like in your case, you probably should.  I spend more time on smoking cigarettes and shooting rubber bands at the other two nerds in my office on the boss's dime every day with his blessing than you spend looking at CNN every week, and that makes your position sound pretty bleak.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 02:05 | 3559344 Wile-E-Coyote
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More sleep is great but the problem is you wake into a real fucking nightmare.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 08:25 | 3559743 samcontrol
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from that i get that half the couples cheat on each other..
my computer works funny.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:42 | 3557804 maskone909
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How the fuck did they come up with that bullshit?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:15 | 3557841 francis_sawyer
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Where's the 'slice' which represents how much time is spent sucking the dicks of 'CHEESEPOPES'?...


Oh ~ I get it... That particular graphic must be the stuff of '3-D' holographic pie graphs [which is a geometric graph ONLY taught in 'homeschooling' environments & otherwise vehemently rejected in NBA worshipping homesteads]...

Edit: Buncha 'JUNKS', already, [by the CHEESEPOPEDICK SUCKING crowd ~ I imagine]... Yeah ~ I guess you're right... But OTOH, there's not much of a 'time slice' towards  'PRAYING' [to the 'MONEY~GRUBBING God either]... Perhaps then, the ABSENCE should be excused...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:48 | 3557849 ParkAveFlasher
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Using the same means with which they will declare an extended work day or week:  Your dollar.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:56 | 3557883 ihedgemyhedges
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Average time spent having sex in my house is 0.0 minutes and that's the way my wife of 19 years likes it. Now if my kids are doing something I don't know about then that average could be higher.....

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:03 | 3557914 Rainman
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....the kids are always doing something I don't know about and I'm better off for it.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:04 | 3558205 SilverIsKing
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Wouldn't that be 0.0 minutes for those hours you are at home?  What about when you're out of the house?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 20:11 | 3558632 Miffed Microbio...
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Oh you're so funny! Mr miffed told me that there is this condition men get called " blue balls" that would occur if they didn't get sex every few days. It sounded absolutely horrible so for thirty years I have assiduous taken on the quest to prevent this malady. He's been eternally grateful. Perhaps you failed to explain this to your wife? I'm sure your days of misery are at an end!


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:16 | 3557973 redpill
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Simple.  They come up with a stupid survey with a laughably thin sample, goal seek the results, and barf the output into some white paper as an excuse to have a bunch of overpaid leeches on staff answering questions that no one ever fucking asked and spending our future generations into ever deeper debt slavery.  Care for another drink?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:12 | 3558235 zerozulu
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So you mean Tylers Durdens asking questions to each others?

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 08:27 | 3559751 samcontrol
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they have come up with bigger bullshit.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:42 | 3557808 FL_Conservative
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Where is the option for trying to stay off the grid and out of the IRS dragnet?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:02 | 3558193 NotApplicable
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Other Personal Care Activities.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 02:26 | 3559364 Dr Benway
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I assumed that was a euphemism for masturbation

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 02:07 | 3559347 Wile-E-Coyote
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Yeah.. where's prepping?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:42 | 3557810 algol_dog
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What about porn watching?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:45 | 3557827 Frastric
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Or masturbating for that matter? Years of porn, unrealistic expectations and dreary relationships mean self-servicing is the only way now...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 19:06 | 3558434 i-dog
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At least it's having sex with someone you love.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:04 | 3557921 FL_Conservative
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That was on the SEC employee distribution.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:03 | 3558200 NotApplicable
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Which was why the hours worked is skewed so high.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 06:38 | 3559548 Papasmurf
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In order to be politically correct, porn was catagorized under "leisure" and masturbation under "exercise". 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:43 | 3557813 1000yrdstare
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Where is reloading on that chart?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:44 | 3557814 Frastric
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Notice how the sheeple sleep more easily during crisis periods. Whatever drugs the US government is putting into the water supply, or mind-control techniques its using, they're doing the job.

Sleep my little sheep, sleep... Big O will look after you...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:43 | 3557815 Overfed
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Where's the big pie slice labelled "Reading Zerohedge"?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:54 | 3557875 McMolotov
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ZH falls under leisure, educational, and drinking.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:45 | 3557817 1C3-N1N3
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"Other personal care activities" = fapping

Also, the work vs. sleep graph is clearly a swastika.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:04 | 3558208 NotApplicable
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Arbeit macht frei!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:44 | 3557819 Seize Mars
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Yeah where is the WankMetric? Mine is huge. Time allocation, I mean.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:45 | 3557821 1000yrdstare
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What is ......sleeping?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:45 | 3557822 krispkritter
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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:48 | 3557855 ParkAveFlasher
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Where is "fondlin' the preciouses", Precious?  We wants to knows it.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:50 | 3557862 Frastric
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Sleeping: 25%

ZH: 10%

Maths degree work: 50%

Bad Company Battlefield 2: 5%

Douchery and arrogance: 10%

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:02 | 3557911 Freddie
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Paul Krugman

Douchery & Arrogance 99%

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:03 | 3557919 McMolotov
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The other 1% is reserved for stroking his pussy.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 19:23 | 3558495 jbvtme
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the krugster has been a no show since the gold slap

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:30 | 3558029 Sudden Debt
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nobody seems to have sex around here :)

sleeping: 25%
ZH & work, 25/75: 33%
eating and family time: 20%
scratching my balls and drinking beer: 5%
sitting in traffic: 12%

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:04 | 3558207 General Decline
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I combine my drinking beer and sitting in traffic into one activity. Oh, yeah. Guess you could put shooting at stop signs in there too. Although since the price of ammo has gone up, there's a little less of that going on nowadays.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:07 | 3558220 NotApplicable
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As a teenager, I could hit a road sign on either side of the road with an empty beer bottle.

I've no idea what kids do these days for fun.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:26 | 3558299 General Decline
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That's difficult to do. Tried it many-a-times.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 22:24 | 3559045 BeetleBailey
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I did this once. Kept track of what I did in the week, by timing it after every activity.

Once my "self-love" category crept above 5%, I knew I had to change things I moved to a whore house.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 23:07 | 3559118 Prometheus418
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See, now that just shows what I meant when said the other poster's position was pretty bleak.

For me:

Work (including commute) 50%
<begin drinking subdivision> 
ZH: 5%
Reading (yes, books): 10%
Grilling out and playing with the kids: 15%
<end drinking subdivision>
Sleeping: 18%

The weekends are different, of course, but that would skew the numbers.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:16 | 3558250 zerozulu
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Thinking about freedom= 0.00%

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 21:43 | 3558912 MilleniumJane
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For me, and for probably most of us on this thread, 100%.  FREEDOM!!!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:03 | 3557894 TheGermanGuy
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Yes, 1,24h for eating AND drinking just can´t be true when all the early pensioned gvt-workers, unemployed phds and frustrated elementary school teachers around require you to drink at least 8 hours a day

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:45 | 3557823 Kirk2NCC1701
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How about time spent by ZH bloggers on ZH?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:45 | 3557826 SheepDog-One
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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:46 | 3557832 Urban Redneck
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The obesity epidemic is indicative of the need to draw the distinction "sports" and "watching sports on TV" - the "Leisure & Sports" is BS.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:46 | 3557836 1000yrdstare
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Reading Zero hedge is read at work for us "laborers"

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:47 | 3557839 1000yrdstare
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Not blocked by my work!!! ....yet

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:36 | 3558070 kekekekekekeke
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Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:47 | 3557840 TeamDepends
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What about "wondering what happened" and "teeth grinding"?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:59 | 3557895 McMolotov
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Yeah, I'm still looking for "tin foil hat construction" and "spewing profanity at the ceiling."

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:48 | 3557846 CashCowEquity
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Wheres stuffing your fat faces and watching TV? Obesity isnt going parabolic for nothing...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:48 | 3557852 Frastric
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How the fuck do you watch four hours of TV per day? Mind you why do I spend hours on the internet? Oh wait...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:05 | 3557923 Freddie
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TV and Hollywood is for ignorant douchebags who support The Matrix. Dopes.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:53 | 3558063 TeamDepends
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Freddie, we have been giving this a lot of thought and we have concluded that you should create a ZH alter-ego named Fannie.  Think of the possibilities!  You could have incredible back-and-forths a la The Honeymooners:  "One of these of these days....POW!!!!!!  Right in the kisser!"  But he actually tags her!  NOBODY saw that coming.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:49 | 3557859 PiltdownMan
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I spend it on Zero Hedge!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:51 | 3557865 SheepDog-One
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Where's the 'daily panic buying of stawks' part?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:51 | 3557867 Catullus
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It's cool. You don't start working for yourself until July 1 every year anyway

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:52 | 3557869 1000yrdstare
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Thats clearly not Freddies  chart, he don't watch tv.... F! Hollywood!

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:54 | 3557874 Motorhead
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Charts, bitchez!  (BTW, I wish I could get 8.71 hours of sleep everyday.)

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:09 | 3558224 NotApplicable
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Nothing a little depression can't cure.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 05:17 | 3559492 Parrotile
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Actually one of the more obvious symptoms of depression is insomnia.

So if you're depressed you'll be getting less sleep!

Rumour has it that Margaret Thatcher managed comfortably on 4 hours sleep a night. Certainly many "Over 50's" are able to function very well indeed on 6 hours or less.


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:55 | 3557876 SheepDog-One
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'Household activities'....such as resettng the tent pole stakes?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:59 | 3557899 Uncle Remus
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Hunting for a bigger shopping cart.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:55 | 3557881 Whatta
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Sheeeeit. I spend more time drinking and eating than that!!!

Oh, and 30 seconds for sex...LOL.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:59 | 3557890 Uncle Remus
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I don't feel French. I know I don't parlay view it.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 16:59 | 3557893 SheepDog-One
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'Leisure and sports'.... stealing a pair of Air Jordans and watching NBA playoffs? 

'Leisure  and sports' my ass.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:01 | 3557907 AL_SWEARENGEN

How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
    When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest—
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.


Proverbs 6:9-11

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:47 | 3558119 negative rates
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Hey, just reverse it on um, it's easy to do..

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:02 | 3557916 daxtonbrown
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The pie slice for time spent on Zero Hedge contemplating the end of my financial universe is definitely under reported.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:05 | 3557924 BraveSirRobin
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I did not see the slice for "slapping the monkey." Where was that?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:07 | 3557926 Bryan
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And what % of Leisure and Sports is TeeVee a part of?  I would not combine Leisure with Sports.... two completely different activities.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:09 | 3557932 Save_America1st
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50% Internet...ZeroHedge, TFMetalsReport, Reading other various articles picked up from said websites and others, porn...well DUH...but that don't take much time, haha...buying "stuff" that rhymes with "shammo" or "shamunition" or "shilver", etc. lol

25% Working my ass off so that it doesn't turn into 50% each day

25% Chillin' at the casa, drinks, chow, some TV (Deadliest Catch, racin', screw watching anything network or news related puke!!!) other various good times like hittin' the bar for some coldies and wings w/ the crew, excercise, sleep.

Wash, rinse, repeat

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:11 | 3557942 UGrev
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There are more fucking cars on the road at 2pm than at any time of the day other than quitting time. I don't get it. I thought we had 8% UE?  /end sarc. 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:11 | 3557944 Shell Game
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8.7 hrs of sleep per day!?  Good to know my 6.7 hrs is offsetting some lazy bastard's 10.7 hrs.



We are. so. fucked.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:17 | 3557979 Homernomics
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To quote Ralphie, "Oh boy, sleep, that's where I'm a Viking!"

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:13 | 3557950 iamtheeggman wh...
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All that funemployment is helping people get caught up on their sleep. Silver linings and all. Ain't it grand?


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:13 | 3557951 GeezerGeek
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Odd, but no one yet has mentioned time spent surviving boating accidents. With all the past comments, I would have assumed at least 1 half hour per day on the average.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:14 | 3557956 youngman
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0.16 for way...the people i see that is 20 hours a day....yes in the night too...cell phone under the pillow...can´t miss a tweet you know...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:17 | 3557976 Hammerabi
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"Watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time (2.8 hours per day), accounting for about half of leisure time, on average, for those age 15 and over."

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:18 | 3557983 thismarketisrigged
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this is all bullish for the stock market. 

then again, me waking up and brushing my teeth is as well, as everything is these days.


great chart tylers, u guys r the best

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:19 | 3557988 Pairadimes
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Damn. I must be doing it wrong.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:22 | 3557999 Overflow-admin
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" least they are sleeping more than ever."

Bullish for... dreamcatchers?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:28 | 3558026 Hangfire
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Hmmm... does youtube count for leisure and sport???

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:29 | 3558030 kekekekekekeke
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caring for household members .51 hours? I hope this data is skewed by all us single ladies... although I have houseplants

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:33 | 3558052 Quantum Nucleonics
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Total useless BS.  They need to separate out "Wasting time playing computer games" from Leisure and Sports.  And what about "Sex"?  That it isn't even a category is a commentary on the state of society.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:50 | 3558134 Homernomics
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You want them to put a 0.0014 piece of pie on the chart to represent your sexual activity?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:58 | 3558168 Homernomics
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Oh wait, I just found your sexual activity percentage.  Adding up the pieces of the chart gives you 23.99 hours.  That leaves you with 0.01 in the sack, damn, what an animal.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:00 | 3558184 edifice
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They call him the "Minute Man."

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:53 | 3558381 Quantum Nucleonics
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Wow, the anger!  Someone isn't getting any.  Too bad for you, but thanks for making my point.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:38 | 3558067 Uncle Remus
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I am thinking the time allocated for ZH will have to increase since there is now an extra level of, how you say, creativity required to circumlocute certain policies.

"This is The Central Scrutinizer".

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:44 | 3558105 pragmatic hobo
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zombies ...

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:49 | 3558131 q99x2
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Perfect timing. Thanks for the posting. Just working on something that involves the info.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:51 | 3558140 Smegley Wanxalot
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Does "getting laid" count as purchasing goods and services?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:52 | 3558148 logicalman
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Averages are pretty meaningless.

I have more than the average number of legs.


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:54 | 3558154 q99x2
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This clearly shows that the creative processes will build to revolution during sleep if a society trends to far toward central planning.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:56 | 3558158 q99x2
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Not only did they work at home with higher educations but they sheltered almost their entire income from state and federal taxes. Now that's what I'm talking about.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:57 | 3558163 Van Halen
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Watching the Kardashians: 30%

Watching sports: 30%

Watching zombie shows: 30%

Eating: 9%

Changing the channel: 1%


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 17:58 | 3558171 edifice
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My day looks like this:


Work (job, graduate school, side business): 16-20 hours.
Sleep: 4-6 hours.

Rinse, repeat.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 20:13 | 3558639 uno
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there is the new norm, anyone who survived the blood baths of outsourcing, downsizing etc is working 3 people's jobs (from 10 years ago).  If you are working now (of course not GOV job) ALL companies want you because they know you produce.  If you do not have a job, good luck finding anything.  

One employee from Africa I know has 2 jobs, one going to Sams warehousing working 3 am - whenever, then showing up at whole foods.  Also high school/college kids are like that, if you are punctual, are not trashy and can communicate, you are gold, they get promotions, raises, put in training to move up.

We definitiely passed the point of no return, 50 - 60 million on foodstamps/disability are not gonna make it back to the labor force in this lifetime.  Amazing how quick everything turned.  Europe sounds even worse.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:00 | 3558172 Floodmaster
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Private tv is unwatchable.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:06 | 3558213 JDFX
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Robot's don't sleep, bitchez !


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:14 | 3558241 Manipuflation
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Mine would currently read as follows,

Time spent doing work other douchebags should have done but were too incompetent to do -35%

Time spent answering stupid fucking questions that customers ask and yet still pretending to care- 15%

Time actually spent selling anything-1%

Time spent commuting-9%

Time spent fucking around on Blogs, drinking, watching porn, smoking dope, cigarettes, cigars, sleeping and buying silver-40% (Usually done simultaneously)

Time spent with Mrs. M in bed since the second child was born- A big fat fucking 0%

Now if Excel would finally finish installing on my new rig, I could proceed to add to the time spent doing work other douchebags should have done.  Meh. 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 22:39 | 3559047 Manipuflation
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Update:  That's enough fucking Excel data entry for me tonight.  Jebus, I am salaried so I suppose that is why I "get" to do it.  I will never tell another loud mouthed 20 something co-worker in a different store that I have Excel at home and can "help".  Now I am doing it all.  Learned my lesson there didn't I?  This shit will be going on all week and it is not even in my job description.  Why wasn't this work done a long time ago anyway?  Oh yeah, because it is as boring as listening to Bernanke prattle on.  That situation will be addressed.

In other news, my daughter pried out another one her teeth just to get a $5 bill from Dad.:-)  When her first tooth fell out, we had to have a sitdown about the toothfairy.  I told her straight up that there is no toothfairy.  She got a real sad look on her face all of a sudden.  I quickly cheered her up by stating that Dad pays more than any toothfairy does anyway for useless teeth and that my rates are better because I only got a quarter for a tooth when I was her age.  One day she will figure out that the real toothfairy is the paper money itself.

The best part is that my daughter, being a bit of a chip off the old block, went back to school and told all of her second grade classmates that Dads pay better rates than toothfairies do.  That was priceless!

One bridge at a time though.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:23 | 3558283 rsnoble
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Why waste time on education when you'll just be applying at Mcdonalds? LOL.  Personally sometimes I wish I didn't know shit it's rather frustrating and a 24/7 consumption when you know what the motherfuckers are up to.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:27 | 3558301 oddjob
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Gawking at iphones falls into every category but sleep.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 18:34 | 3558325 edifice
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What if you dream about gawking at said iPhone?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 19:00 | 3558409 Baptiste Say
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Seems to be tiltled in favour of the gilded class of Americans who actuallya have jobs making it a little inaccurate if you're talking the 'average American'min which case the chart is more like:

12 sleeping
5 TV
2 Facebooking
1 Instagramming
1 masturbating
1 trolling left/right wing news sites
1 commuting to McDonalds for dinner
1 day dreaming
1 fucking
0 working

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 01:23 | 3559324 Bear
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1 hour fucking + 1 hour masterbating ... I'm tired already, better up my day dreaming 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 19:31 | 3558519 jomama
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what the fuck? 



Mon, 05/13/2013 - 19:45 | 3558559 Son of Loki
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No wonder highways and roads are busy 24/ one is working!...just going from Mall to Mall looking for the newest iPod.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 19:54 | 3558583 Real Estate Banksta
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Where was "drinking, smoking weed and other types of ill shit"?

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 20:15 | 3558635 razorthin
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8.71 hrs sleeping?  I couldn't stay in bed that long without getting pressure ulcers.  The 18 and 19 year olds must be skewing that figure.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 20:11 | 3558636 cheetahbaby
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"I work for the goobermint and the hardest part of my day is just gettin' up and goin' in...."

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 20:29 | 3558690 are we there yet
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I haven't owned a TV in 4 years by choice. I only see TV when traveling and staying in a hotel. TV used to be called the 'idiot tube' from the belief that it lowered a persons intelligence.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 21:34 | 3558878 logicalman
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not had a TV for 14 years.

I don't invite lying, manipulative people into my home.

Why, therefore, would I have a television?

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 01:01 | 3559300 monad
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Titties. Lying, manipulative titties.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 07:48 | 3559638 Winston of Oceania
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You know there are a lot of shitty books out there too, you should probably give up books as well. In fact I hear it is all the rage these days to cut off your nose in spite of your face.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 08:05 | 3559680 monad
Mon, 05/13/2013 - 20:43 | 3558731 bunnyswanson
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American public is compromised.  They do not Feel Well.  The diet they consume is wrecking their liver (fatty liver disease) and their kidneys (salt).  Their food is not providing their basic nutitrional requirements and this impacts their ability to get through the day.  Vital nutrients, minerals are missing for their food intake due to FDA's lax regulations on what is and what is not in our food supply. 

You must consider also the overwhelming information which is provided to them nonstop 24/7 - Bombs going off, people without limbs, blood splatter, militarized police force, the ongoing contradictions of the leadership, the fraud that has been allowed to make villains rich and good men poor.

This is PART OF IT.  Overwhelmed, fatigued, confused and faced with the possibility of no job?  Escape is the only answer if the representation who is paid to speak for you sells out.  Deliberately executed to minimize the response to the "globalization" of 1st world nations (transfer of wealth, destruction of the middle class).

Bring in the clowns!

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 10:27 | 3558744 CaptainSpaulding
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I spend 45 minutes a day pinching a brick.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 22:02 | 3558982 monad
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This was bullshit the first time you posted it. It stinks more now.
Watch this :

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 01:18 | 3559320 Bear
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Thanks for the link .... 

Dana Rohrabacker +100
Mon, 05/13/2013 - 22:35 | 3559068 Andy Lewis
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We're all dumfux on this bus.

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 22:59 | 3559107 suicidalpsychologist
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I have a doctorate in psychology but people are too poor to pay for a psy.



Tue, 05/14/2013 - 01:16 | 3559316 Bear
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Is sex in 'other activities' or 'Leisure and Sports'"?

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