Numbers Game

By Megan McArdle

I confess, I love the Duggars.  18 Kids and Counting is one of my guiltiest, most favorite tv pleasures.  It's like Little House on the Prairie, with real people, and more convincing prayers.

Yes, I am aware that reality television is not "real", but heavily stage managed.  I have no idea if the show is representative of their life, much less life in their very religious subculture--indeed, I have some idea what the editors are slicing out, so I'm quite sure it isn't an accurate representation.  Nonetheless, when I'm really exhausted, few things are quite as soothing as the champions of the baby olympics.

So of course, I was very happy to learn that Michelle Duggar is expecting her nineteenth:


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I mean, as long as she's hapy.  Which she seems to be.

The National Ledger wonders if networks should continue to promote these families with a zillion children.  This makes me wonder if the National Ledger has ever watched the show.  I think a lot of things while I'm lounging on the couch in front of "18 Kids and Counting".  But not once have I thought:  "Gee, having enough kids for a fantasy football league sure does look like fun!"

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