It was Lent.

That’s the only reason I can imagine for my failure to see this awesome story, kindly passed along by the New Mexico Nurse:

“Thomas Vought and colleagues at Kansas State University devised indexes for sloth, gluttony, lust, greed, wrath, envy and pride … Sloth was based on spending per capita on arts and entertainment compared to the employment rate, gluttony on fast-food outlets per capita, lust on rates of sexually transmitted disease, greed on average incomes compared to the number of people living below the poverty line, wrath on violent crimes per capita and envy on property crimes. The researchers decided that pride is the master sin and therefore merged the rates of the lesser sins.”

The real fun, of course, lies in charting the overlaps.

The Wife took a look and said, “Obviously flawed. The sloth index should have a bright red dot on OUR HOUSE.”

I don’t know what she’s talking about.


  1. Greetings from the Greed/Sloth belt…

  2. Greetings from the Wra – no wait, the Slo- no, that’s not it – the Pri- nope. hmm… Oh, the Lu- no… the Gree- the Glut- the Envy, aha! that it, the Envy…wait, that’s just Chicagoans coming north, isn’t it?


    Oh well, what can I say – Greetings from Wisconsin the Virtuous State…..

    (Say, where did that red dot in the Southwest corner of Wisconsin come from on the Pride chart? I didn’t see it there before posting…)


  3. notrelatedtoted says

    Who knew that North Dakota was so angry, so envious, and yet so proud?

    Perhaps it has something to do with its proximity to Canada, eh?

  4. notrelatedtoted says

    Woops……read the chart backwards.


  5. I haven’t decided whether the maps make it easier or more difficult to decide where I should live.

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