This week: These zeroes ain't heroes.


That’s 46 billion. It’s how much Americans spent on gift cards last year, according to Packaged Facts. Weirdly, Americans “spent $11 billion on gift cards they gave to themselves.”


Value of all vacant property in the United States, according to Community Blight Solutions scary numbers. Besides looking like crap and dragging down property values, “vacant residential buildings account for one of every 14 residential building fires in America.”


“Sales of XXXL size men’s underwear in the United States” in 2016, according to Future Market Insights. Just to be clear, that’s triple extra-large.


“Baby boomers retiring every day,” according to Selah Financial Services. And, of course, they’re making “bad retirement decisions.”

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