Captain Underpants and the WaPo

captUnlike Captain Underpants, who believes in “Truth, Justice, and all that is Pre-Shrunk and Cottony,”, the media goes spinning bad economic news, yet again:

One more story on how the economy is getting better because it’s on a slower decline:

But the men’s underwear index — or, conveniently, MUI — may also have a silver lining. Mintel predicts that next year, men’s underwear sales will fall by 0.5 percent, and as with many economic indicators, a slowing of a decline can be welcomed as a step in the right direction.

Is that like being in a car that’s slipping in ice and is about to hit the barrier at a slower speed than it would have a few seconds ago? Or is it more like getting a wedgie at a better angle?

I didn’t know men would spend $30 for one pair of boxers or jockeys, but apparently some do(*),

The company sells high-end men’s underwear that can run as much as $30 per pair, along with brands that cost less than $10. Kleinmann said that such less expensive pairs have had double-digit-percentage sales growth recently, while demand for pricier pairs is slowing.

Overall demand for men’s underwear is down by 2.3%, its first decline in six years:

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But hey, don’t get your shorts tied in a knot. The WaPo says that if the economy was really bad no one would have enough money to buy underwear in the first place. Well, guys, give it time.

Cassandra pokes fun at the WaPo’s sun shining where the sun don’t normally shine.

(*) Here’s a survey for you guys,

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6 Responses to “Captain Underpants and the WaPo”

  1. Thingumbob Says:

    With the unemployment rate continuing to go up, this story only makes sense if you take into account the rather proverbial crapping in one’s pants factor, a loss of job might cause oneself. Other than that, I think most wise observers would just pooh pooh this report…

  2. soccer dad Says:

    Kind of reminds me of the joke.

    My uncle went into the revolving door and toilet paper businesses. Before he could turn around, he was wiped out.

  3. Pat Patterson Says:

    I’d check “I have no clue…” but I am my significant other and he doesn’t know either.

  4. Obi's Sister Says:

    :D

  5. Obloodyhell Says:

    > Is that like being in a car that’s slipping in ice and is about to hit the barrier at a slower speed than it would have a few seconds ago?

    I’m more worried that it’s a car slipping on the ice and about to go off the cliff at a slower speed than it would have a few seconds ago.

    Unfortunately a far more likely analogy.

  6. Bill Says:

    Could it be that some of us are waiting for Underarmour to get their new line of skivvies in order (the waistband on one of them is nasty)?