1. Alligator populationWith less people spending money, there are fewer sales, and a decrease in store purchase orders. Forgoing handbags, boots and jackets means that alligators get to keep their skin.
2. Cyclists’ deathsOfficial figures from the UK Department for Transport show the increase of bike fatalities in the occurrence of a recession. Truth is, people save money by biking to and from places, instead of driving, which leads the likelihood of bike accidents to increase.
3. Divorce ratesAlthough it may seem couples stay together because they need support, it’s also, sadly, because having a divorce is expensive. No money, no divorce.
4. Google searchesAccording to Google’s domestic trends, more people search the web in times of crisis. From ways to earn money from home, to cheapening your lifestyle and job searches.
5. High heelsThe higher the heel, the worse the economy. Historically, from the great depression until now, heels and the health of the economy form a correlation. Apparently, women want a better image of themselves and more self-confidence in a recession.
6. Missing petsDesperate times call for desperate measures; in this case, ransom. You find a dog you know the owner of, wait for those reward signs to show up and then collect the reward money. In other cases, pets were abandoned as owners could no longer afford to keep them.
7. Online datingMany people go online to find that special someone; someone who can make them forget their money problems. Chances are that online, you are more likely to find someone with the same experiences rather than spending money to wait around at your local pub or club for someone to turn up.
8. Packed cinemasIn past recessions, cinema-going became a trend. When ticket sales increase, the economy has taken a turn for the worse. Most cinemas claim to reach double-digit growth and are, historically, recession-proof. Movies are a cheap source of entertainment out of the house. When the economy suffers, you want to escape your problems for an hour or two. Compared to other forms of entertainment, ticket prices are cheap.
9. Unclaimed corpsesWhen the morgue is full, the economy has plummeted. Depressingly, even death costs money; with expensive taxes and funeral costs. Tough economic lives have families leaving the corpses of loved ones unclaimed so as not to pay the fees. By Shané Schutte
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