So there I was… standing in the check out line yesterday at the Vons to buy a bottle of water and I happened to glance at the racks and spot numerous magazines and "supermarket tabloids." Their glaring headlines told me about which Hollywood or otherwise famous personalities were having extra marital affairs; having weight problems; and/or plastic surgery; getting in trouble with the authorities; or any other such nonsensical rubbish.
Of course the thought that I had was to wonder just how much money these newspapers (and I use the word "newspaper" in the broadest, most absolute loosest sense of the word) are making each year. I have this suspicion that it’s quite a bit. In fact, despite the soaring price for a gallon of gasoline these day, I wonder if these supermarket tabloids might be making just as much as the giant oil companies. (more…)