It's hard to remember sometimes, but there are a lot of upsides to the current economic crisis. That's why it's the Greatest Depression! Single women will benefit when out-of-work finance guys dump their trophy wives for being nasty, greedy bitches. There are some fabulous sales and great restaurant deals. And the Greatest Depression also provides, as the Times points out today in an early-release "Styles" story, an excuse to not do something you don't want to do, like buy an engagement ring for your girlfriend of three years, or renew your gym membership, because In This Economy we should really all be cutting back a little.
And, we'd just like to point out, if you're in the sciences, you can use the Greatest Depression to deny funding for completely terrifying projects suggested by your co-workers, such as this one, described in another Times story today:
Dr. George Church, a leading genome researcher at the Harvard Medical School, said Thursday that a Neanderthal could be brought to life with present technology for about $30 million... Dr. Church said he had no plans for such an experiment, but if someone were eager to supply the financing, “We might go along with it.”
Hmmm, sorry, buddy! Maybe in 2010.
A Bad Economy Is a Good Excuse [NYT]
Scientists in Germany Draft Neanderthal Genome [NYT]