Erica and I would like to introduce a new reoccurring segment called the Friday Puzzler. The way it works is pretty simple — we’ll post a puzzle that we think is intriguing. It may be related to political violence, or it may not. You, our dear reader, can comment on what you think is going on. Hat tip to the person who posts the best response.
Here’s the first one. It’s tangentially related to political violence:
A few weeks ago, I walked into my local CVS to buy some sunscreen. I had time to kill, so I perused the aisles I normally pass by. Near the front of the store, I found a whole aisle selling Walkmans. Yes, you heard right: Walkmans, brand new. The kind you put a cassette in, and if you’re lucky has auto-reverse. People born after 1980 probably don’t know what I’m talking about, but CVS stocks them; not just one, but rows of them. Next to the Walkmen were rows of slightly less antiquated Discmen.
So here’s the puzzle. Why would CVS still devote precious retail space to a technology that I thought was obsolete 20 years ago? Who’s buying these music-boxes? (And if you really want to get deep: What does it say about our society if we live in a world where some people buy a new iPad every year, and other people are still replacing their old Walkman?)
Happy Friday people!