“This year alone, pet spending in the U.S. is estimated to exceed $72 billion, which is more than the combined GDP of the 39 poorest countries in the world.” In other words, we spend a ton of money buying ridiculous gifts and accoutrements for our pets. Maybe that money could be better spent. (To avoid wasting money on new Halloween costumes, I’m gonna dress my beagles as Snoop Dogg again this year…)

+ It’s still boom times for many baby boomer bands.