You Can Tell

… that Walt Disney wasn’t Finnish.   And maybe that’s a good thing.

This item comes to us from Särkänniemi Adventure Park in Finland…

Family on ride, Angry Birds Land, Sarkanniemi Amusement Park, Tampere, Finland (© epa european pressphoto agency b.v./Alamy)

According to our friends at MSN*Weather (really? WEATHER? Am I missing something?  Do you see anything meteorological here?) this is a real amusement park ride…

And so’s this one…

Mother & daughter ride in miniature car, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, UAE (© Ferrari World)

That’s right, friends, direct from Abu Dhabi in the UAE, it’s Ferrari World!  As the LORD is my witness, I haven’t Photoshop’ed anything, this really is for real!

Ferrari World







Of course, like any self-respecting amusement park, it isn’t so much the tickets, it’s the Concession Stand where they really get you!…

Here’s a few photo files of a Japanese park with a Sanrio/Hello Kitty motif, in Oita, Japan:

Harmony Land, Oita, Japan (© Optikat/Alamy)



I’m thinking Walt wasn’t Japanese, either…


And now, something which sadly isn’t sweet at all:

A study commissioned by Democratic Party congressmen finds that there is an apparent hidden cost to the low wages paid to Walmart employees.  Aimee Picchi of MSN*Money reports that since Walmart associates tend to be poorly compensated, a disproportionate number of them qualify for a wide range of federal and state entitlement programs, things like food stamps and subsidized housing.

So even though these folks are definitely working (Walmart associates do some backbreaking things in order to earn what they’re paid,) even with their paychecks, they still  qualify below federal and state poverty guidelines.

In the state of Wisconsin, where the study took place, taxpayers are stuck with a tab of almost $1.7 million to provide ancillary services for the employees of a single Walmart Supercenter store.

Wal-Mart store in Secaucus, New Jersey / Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

It’s estimated that the average Walmart associate earns $8.81/hour, which translates to about $18,300/year.

You ever try to live on $18,300/year?

That’s what I thought.

Picchi goes to write, “In Wisconsin, Wal-Mart was ranked as the employer with the most workers on the state’s Medicaid program, the report notes. Even though 3,216 employees qualify for Medicaid, Wal-Mart is responsible for 9,207 enrollees because of children and adult dependents of those workers.”


Here are the links to today’s source materials:

The Amusement Parks You Wouldn’t Believe Unless You Saw Them:

The Hidden Cost of Low Wages at Walmart:

Editorial disclosure: Portions of this blog were previously posted as “Multiple Choice Dilemma” on June 6, 2013.


About jaypochapin

Married adult human male, father, brother, son, writer, voiceover actor and humorist. Frequently funny, sometimes snarky, occasionally profound. Beatles, Stones, Who, Python, Firesign Theatre, Shakespeare, Bogart/Bacall, Marx Brothers, Alice Cooper and more besides. Have worked as many things: traffic reporter, disc jockey, newscaster, interviewer, producer, copywriter, voice over talent, teacher, emcee, housekeeper, janitor, uniformed security officer, bagel baker's assistant and more, but don't let the uniform fool you, baby! I ... AM ... THE WRITER!

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