Did the economic recession affect how many coins kids swallowed?

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OBJECTIVE:

To examine the relation between coins ingested by children and the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

DESIGN:

Observational study. Main outcome measures Total value of coins ingested and number of incidents of coins versus other objects swallowed, measured before and after the stock market crash of October 2008.

RESULTS:

Eighteen objects, including 11 coins, were ingested (NASDAQ (numismatic and sundry detritus acquired) composite of 18). The total value of the 11 coins swallowed was $1.03 (FTSE 100 (fraction of the US$ or 100 cents) index of 103). The pecuniary extraction ratio (PE ratio) was 0.57 (9/16). Comparing values for a period before and after October 2008, the mean monthly NASDAQ composite (0.41 (SD 0.67) v 0.5 (0.85), P=0.75), FTSE 100 index in cents (2.3 (6.8) v 3.1 (7.8), P=0.77), and PE ratio (0.54 (0.52) v 0.66 (0.29), P=0.50) did not change. The mean end-of-month closing value of the Dow Jones, however, decreased significantly (12 537 (841.4) v 8388 (699.8), P<0.001)

CONCLUSION:

There was no detectable difference in the total value of coins ingested, or ratio of coins to other objects swallowed, before or after a massive stock market crash.

Source: “Christmas: Years Like This. Ingested foreign bodies and societal wealth: three year observational study of swallowed coins.” from BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

Hat tip: the very entertaining guys at NCBI ROFL.

For a good book about other elements of the economic downturn check out Michael Lewis’ The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.

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