For the third year in a row, American Idol, Fox's ratings winner, will command the highest advertising prices on television, with a 30-second spot going for $500,000 to $700,000, Advertising Age reported Thursday. The network will charge the most during Tuesday night's performance show, with Wednesday night's results show remaining the second-most pricey hour of TV. This estimate doesn't include, of course, what advertisers will end up paying for 30 seconds of commercial time during Idol's finale. Companies ponied up $1.3 million for spots this year.
A refrigerator break (for as much alcohol as it takes to get through the show)
Switching over to check the score of the baseball game
Checking E! to see if Clay Aiken has another new hairstyle
Whining to your wife/girlfriend, "Do we have to watch the rest of this?"
If I'm going to spend that kind of money, I want to get something out of it. Such as:
HELSINKI, Finland (Reuters) - A fee of 25,500 euros ($32,000) is way too much for a woman to charge a man for fondling her bosom, a Finnish district court ruled. The court jailed a couple in their twenties for more than a year for charging a 74-year-old who suffers from dementia a total of 25,500 euros to enjoy the woman's breasts on 10 occasions.
"Based on general life experience alone, it is indisputably clear that a 25,500 euro charge is disproportionate to the compensation in question," Judge Hasse Hakki, who heard the case, told Reuters Friday.
Aww - what does he know? After all, it's only $3,200 per grope. Besides, the guy is suffering from dementia. Do you think anyone in their right mind would pay that for handling boobs? What do you suppose the Bush's pay the White House Chief of Staff? I'll bet it's a lot more than $3,200!
Besides, what if it was her boobs? Wouldn't that be worth a few bucks? That might qualify as a "general life experience".
For the first time, Forbes magazine's list of the 400 richest Americans consists exclusively of people worth $1 billion or more. As a group, the people who made the rankings released Thursday are worth a record $1.25 trillion, compared with $1.13 trillion last year. The rich are indeed getting richer.
Now we know what they're doing with the money:
Squandering it on near-worthless advertising...
Squeezing breasts... well, OK, so it's not all wasted!
Buying baseballs for $701 more than the market price...
...buying these goofy-ass things for twice what they will be selling for in about a month. Now I know what Elmo is laughing at. Listings on Ebay tonight ranged from a laughable $25,000 to 99 cents, with most falling into the $50 range. The list price was $34.99, but they were gone quickly, and one assumes that the Ebay sellers scooped up most of them. They're probably Wal-Mart employees who met the truck at the loading dock.
That's right, one listing for $25,000 (or $80,000 if you care to "Buy it Now"). It's listed here. Plus $7 shipping, which takes some nerve. Yes, Elmo, we're all laughing at that one. How much would a shotgun cost to blow your fuzzy little head off?
It seems that intelligence and money are not necessarily made to work together. As we know, no one ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the general public.