Recessions breed pessimism. That's why birthrates tend to drop and
suicide rates tend to rise. That's why hemlines go down. Tamar Lewin of
The New York Times reported on studies that show that the women
selected to be Playboy Playmates of the Year tend to look more mature
during recessions — older, heavier, more reassuring — though I have not
verified this personally.
We would love to know, exactly, how he plans on "verifying" such a thing. Tough times!