December 30, 2006

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

It is a semi well known fact that the number of Elvis impersonators in the world has increased exponentially since the singer's death in 1977. But how many of you know just how pronounced and dangerous the trend is?

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According to the San Francisco Chronicle

When Elvis Presley died in 1977, there were an estimated 37 Elvis impersonators in the world. By 1993, there were 48,000 Elvis impersonators, an exponential increase. Extrapolating from this, by 2010 there will be 2.5 billion Elvis impersonators. The population of the world will be 7.5 billion by 2010. Every 3rd person will be an Elvis impersonator by 2010.
That's one third of the Earth's total population, or 22,500,000,000 people. I don't know about you, but I'm not sure I want to be an Elvis impersonator.

To be sure, not all of the finest workings of global population science is yet fully understood to the finest grain. However, all of the basics are absolutely clear. The Elvis impersonator crisis is real, humans are causing the problem, and the solutions are available to us now. It is not too late to avoid the worst. All that is needed is the political will to act.

h/t Some Words To Not.

Posted by: annika at 11:54 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 The UN will dictate to the world that anyone who has a party has to hire an Elvis impersonator.

Posted by: Jake at December 30, 2006 12:28 PM (V6rxT)

2 I say sell Elvis Impersonator futures now, and hedge against the impending surplus!

Posted by: Casca at December 30, 2006 12:33 PM (2gORp)

3 Chronicle: ...by 2010 there will be 2.5 billion Elvis impersonators. The population of the world will be 7.5 billion by 2010. Every 3rd person will be an Elvis impersonator by 2010. Annika: That's one third of the Earth's total population, or 22,500,000,000 people. Unless I'm misreading something, I think an extra "2" snuck in there, dude. Kevin

Posted by: Kevin Kim at December 30, 2006 11:50 PM (1PcL3)

4 Ya know....By the time Elvis died,Elvis was an Elvis impersonator.

Posted by: JMcD at December 31, 2006 03:33 AM (KpoGU)

5 LOL, so true.

Posted by: Casca at December 31, 2006 10:08 PM (2gORp)

6 But WHY? Isn't there anyone else worth impersonating?

Posted by: Joules at January 02, 2007 12:03 PM (u4CYb)

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