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Why Are These Ballerinas Smoking?

June 11th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Because they have unsually high discount rates (PDF)—which is econo-speak for, “Don’t give a sufficient damn about their future wage prospects.” Of course, if they knew what was good for them, these ballerinas would be studying actuarial science instead of practicing their arabesque positions.

(Image via George Simhoni)


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  • Jordan

    People engaged in athletic activities who smoke have always confused me. All smokers confuse me, but people who expect a lot from their bodies even more so. Priorities, I suppose, but I kind of like not losing lung capacity (not to mention the other effects).

  • Brendan I. Koerner

    @Jordan: Agreed on all counts. I actually have another post on this topic slated for tomorrow–think you’ll enjoy.

  • Captured Shadow

    Reminds me of the Simpson episode where Troy McClure reminds the viewers of his work in the film “Smoke Yourself Thin”……

  • Brendan I. Koerner

    Ah, yes, the excellent Mr. McClure. I also remember him from such films as Locker Room Towel Fight: The Blinding of Larry Driscoll. Not to mention the “Where’s Nordstroms?” kiosk at the mall.

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  • Regy

    Also reminds me of the simpsons episode “smoke on the daughter”

  • Brendan I. Koerner

    @Regy: I really need to catch up with more recent seasons. The only connection I can make btw. Lisa and smoking is the episode in which she becomes Little Miss Springfield (and eventually loses the crown after campaigning against Laramie cigarettes).