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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 24 -- Crack Cocaine Dealing.

CRIME DOESN'T PAY-

Over the next four year years, where do you imagine yourself? Dealing crack, perhaps?

Before you decide, some statistics regarding what to expect:

# Number of times arrested 5.9

# Number of nonfatal wounds or injuries 2.4 (not including injuries meted out by the gang itself for rules violations)

# Chance of being killed 1 in 4

By comparison:

Compare these odds to being a timber cutter, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls the most dangerous job in the United States. Over four years' time, a timber cutter would stand only a 1-in-200 chance of being killed. Or compare the crack dealer's odds to those of a death row inmate in Texas, which executes more prisoners than any other state. In 2003, Texas put to death twenty-four inmates-or just 5 percent of the nearly 500 inmates on its death row during that time. Which means that you stand a greater chance of dying while dealing crack in a Chicago housing project than you do while sitting on death row in Texas.

Not only that, but dealing crack only pays $3.30 an hour.


Source:

An online excerpt from chapter 3 of Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.


It sort of conjures up memories of Norm MacDonald on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update:

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Finally, according to the U.S. News & World Report 1997 Career Guide, the bet job in the United States, for the second year in a row, is Interactive Business System Analyst. However, last year's worst job, Assistant Crack Whore, has been replaced by a new worst job: Crack Whore Trainee.

Previous trivia tidbits:

Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Part 6; Part 7; Part 8; Part 9; Part 10; Part 11; Part 12; Part 13; Part 14; Part 15; Part 16; Part 17; Part 18; Part 19; Part 20; Part 21, Part 22; Part 23.

Daily Trivia Tidbits cover a wide range of topics; you never know what you might find. Stay tuned to WILLisms.com for more.

Posted by Will Franklin · 22 April 2005 09:17 AM

Comments

Crack whore sounds like a really bad job! Just to think that someone would train to become an assistant crack whore is really a bad job!

Posted by: trippy at April 22, 2005 01:00 PM