In which we update Phineas Taylor Barnum for 2018

According to Wikipedia, the phrase “There’s a sucker born every minute” first appeared in print in 1885. So:

- Assume that the number of
*suckers*born per minute is proportional to the number of*people*born per minute. - Assume that the number of people born per minute is proporational to the total
*population*. - According to Wolfram | Alpha, the population of the USA in 1885 was 56.6 million people.
- According to Wolfram | Alpha, the estimated population of the USA in 2018 is 327 million people.
- Therefore, the number of suckers born per minute in 2018 must be 327/56.6, which Wolfram | Alpha gives as 5.77.

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Borasky (2018, Dec. 26). Borasky Research Journal: There Are 5.77 Suckers Born Every Minute. Retrieved from https://www.znmeb.mobi/posts/suckers/

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@misc{borasky2018there, author = {Borasky, M. Edward (Ed)}, title = {Borasky Research Journal: There Are 5.77 Suckers Born Every Minute}, url = {https://www.znmeb.mobi/posts/suckers/}, year = {2018} }