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  1. Seems to me it’s just another instance of “We get too involved on our phones, it ends up keeping people from actually talking and interacting in person”. [A pre-pandemic way of developing the idea.]

  2. I like this one. In addition to what mitch4 said, it has a sitcom/romcom feel to me. Normally, there should be some convoluted plan to get the two characters together (“you start a fire in his backyard while I hide these lemurs in her house”), but here the plan is as simple as hiding their phones.

  3. @chipchristian: lol, and true: 9 months after a long power failure, more babies than usual are born.

  4. Since statistics are incredibly malleable, I’ve read that it both is and isn’t true that there were significantly more births nine months after the 1965 blackout.

  5. I had initially been going to write that Olivier’s claim was an urban legend (snopes lists it as false for the 1965 NYC blackout), but after further investigation, I think that it’s probably true. The difficulty with looking at the 1965 NYC blackout, is that it’s a single event in time, and so difficult (or impossible, really), to determine if increases are statistically significant, or just fluctuations that happened to occur in that time frame. However, there were lengthy blackouts in Zanizibar during which some people lost electricity, and some did not, and those show statistically significant correlations of blackouts with births: https://pages.uoregon.edu/burlando/Current_Research_files/BabyBoomsFINAL.pdf . There are apparently similar results from lengthy rolling blackouts in Colombia.

  6. Yeah, the 1965 blackout was only 13 hours, which isn’t really long enough to have an effect. But IIRC, there was a baby boomlet in June of 2002, though that could easily have been a psychological response more than the result of people not going anywhere for a few days. A global boomlet starting around the end of the year and extending well into next wouldn’t surprise me at all, though that raises the question of whether we’ll also see an increase in home births.

  7. DemetriosXL, CIDU Bill is correct. Apparently 60 minutes will do the trick.

    I think those are supposed to be young people. In which case, the challenge should be keeping them apart.

  8. @ Singapore Bill – “I think those are supposed to be young people…
    I agree, but all of the characters that Baldwin draws look like geezers (glasses, receding hairlines, granny earrings, etc.), even when they are supposed to be eight years old:

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