The following editorial by Bob Walker was distributed to 800 newspapers and magazines by the Cagle Syndication Service.
As Americans, we are obsessed with numbers, but often oblivious to their implications. We love record setting, whether it’s the eight Olympic gold medals won by Michael Phelps last year or the octuplets born last month to Nadya Suleman. We derive great vicarious pleasure from these super-human feats.
Technically, of course, Suleman’s achievement only ties the American record, as the first set of American octuplets was born about ten years ago in Texas, but she still became an overnight sensation.
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