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I may have judged wrong.
Apparently, there are a few studies circulating news circles showing 'Obits' as a top lead interest driver. I quickly scanned about 20 of the top newspaper sites online and noticed 'Obits' had a prominent (though not top-level) place in their navigation scheme. Could this be true?
I am perplexed.
Can anyone take a guess as to why 'Obits' has such a strong demand and readership? Is the survey data skewed/outdated? Is it true many news readers want to see who's died over their morning coffee?
I've also heard that obits are popular with job seekers - 'after last week's tragedy, there's a job opening at the Post Office' - as well as those with more nefarious purposes in mind.
One man's bleak view is another's dark humour... ;)
If I remember the scene correctly, in the movie National Lampoon's Animal House, a couple of the main characters scan the obits to find a sorority girl who had just passed away (car accident?), show up at the sorority house posing as the deceased's boyfriend (& buddy) with no knowledge of the accident - and before you know it, they've got hot, sympathetic sorority chicks hanging off their arms.
Well, I thought it was funny... :)
My shoulder-surfing girlfriend just suggested another popular reason for checking out the obits - apartment hunting. (Is that a New York urban legend?)