Time to make whoopee?
Some news from South Korea.
As tends to be the case in disasters and crises, sales of condoms and reservations at motels surged in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear test on Oct. 9. One online hotel reservations site reports that everything is completely booked up through the end of the month in what it calls an “exceptional” flood of guests. If there is apathy about security among Koreans, there is also a silent terror seeking release in sex.When the next nuclear apocalypse movie is made, they should include scenes of people buying these vital supplies. What do you think?
On Oct. 9-15, the average daily sales of condoms across all Family Mart convenience stores was 1,930, a 19.9 percent increase over September’s daily average of 1,610. Compared to the year’s average until September of 1,508, that is an incredible 28 percent increase. Even when the sample period widened from Oct. 9-21, the average stood at a high 1,857. Amazingly, even now more condoms are sold than during the World Cup, which even at its zenith in June only brought daily averages only to 1,751.
Things were no different at other convenience store chains like GS25. Oct. 9-15 daily sales revenues from condoms stood at W3.54 million, a 14.8 percent increase over September and a 12 percent increase over the year’s average through September. Expanding again the sample period to Oct. 9-21, there was an 8.2 percent increase in sales. On days of the World Cup matches against Togo, France and Switzerland, sales figures from condoms were at an average of W3.18 million, only slightly above the norm.
Sales of butane gas and packs of instant noodles -- a sign that people are stockpiling -- also increased, but not to the same extent as condom sales.
Hat tip- James Joyner at OTB
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