I love my USA Today. It's my perfect little wind-down at the end of the day. I can read serious news and gain deeper insight than the fraction of a minute my local television station will devote to the same subject and then turn the page and read total fluff. Yes, I know...it doesn't reach the same literary standards as say The Wall Street Journal and it's often criticized for synthesizing the news to make it more understandable to the masses but, hey...I'm part of the mass.
And it's amazing the variety of things you can find within its pages, some more useful than others. For instance, there's always a little box in the lower left corner of each section called USA Today Snapshots. It's some bit of trivia shown with a graphic, like the Top 5 music downloads of the past week in the Life section (none of which I could hum) or the players with the most British Open sub-70 rounds in Sports. Nick Faldo leads with 37 in case you were wondering. Sometimes they relate to current events and sometimes they're just random.
I particularly like the one on the front page the other night. It was a rather contemporary looking bar graph representing the the times when adults say they go to bed. More than half (54%) claimed Between 10pm and midnight with 22% falling in the Before 10pm slot and 24% in After Midnight. It would seem that I have plenty of company in that night owl category, right?
Then I got to thinking. There are eight of us in our little circle of friends and we've been friends long enough I pretty well know their habits. Half of them crawl under the covers between 10pm and midnight just like the survey said but we're not doing too good on the extremes. Three of them turn in with the chickens...well, maybe not quite that early but around 9pm, my sweet hubby included. And that leaves only me to lap the Internet at night and see what late night TV has to offer. Midnight is when I start thinking about going to bed although I have been known to fall asleep on the couch once or twice. *wink*wink
It's lonely down here on the bottom row of the graph, just me trying to represent my 24%. Good thing I have my USA Today to keep me company.