Fortune tellers, ghosts and iPhones?

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December 29, 2010 at 4:47 pm  •  Posted in Humor by  •  0 Comments

Fortune teller machine“Don’t be fooled by the skyscrapers, the roads clogged with the latest luxury cars or the high-tech gadgetry in pockets and purses.”

Many people in the country will tell you that “ghosts and spirits still wander the streets and inhabit buildings.”

Also, “Important business decisions often require consultations with a fortune teller.” (1)

What country is this? Thailand, of course, just another developing country stuck in the past. Before you start feeling superior, the United States, even with all of its technology and science, is not that much different from Thailand.

Here are some statistics to think about while waiting for your fortune teller to see you. Just be sure to leave some food in a plate for the lobby spirit.

Paying it Forward

Thailand

  • Amount spent on fortune tellers per year = $63 million ($0.96 per person) (1)
  • Average number of visits to fortune tellers per year = 3 (1)

United States

  • Amount spent on only astrologers per year = $200 million [$0.65 per person] (2)
  • Practicing astrologers = 10,000 (2)
  • Professional astrologers = 3,000 (2)

Influencing the Future – United States

People who:

  • Pray at least once a day = 58% (3)
  • Believe in predicting the future and seeing the past = 26% (4)
  • Believe in astrology = 25% (4)
  • Are at least somewhat superstitious = 20% (5)
  • Ghosts and Spirits – United States

People who:

  • Believe in God = 71% (3)
  • Believe in ghosts = 32% (4)
  • Have seen or been around a ghost = 23% (5)
  • Believe in Creationism = 40% [compare this to belief in evolution = 16%] (6)

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Sources

1. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/29/world/asia/29iht-ghost29.html
2.
http://www.ntskeptics.org/factsheets/astrolog.htm
3.
http://pewforum.org/How-Religious-Is-Your-State-.aspx
4.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/16915/Three-Four-Americans-Believe-Paranormal.aspx
5.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21477704/ns/health-behavior/
6.
http://www.gallup.com/poll/145286/Four-Americans-Believe-Strict-Creationism.aspx

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