I just noticed something. Look at the chart for Pfizer (PFE), makers of Viagra, for the last year. Notice anything interesting?
It's almost cyclic, ever since the introduction (and post-novelty falloff) of Viagra. In fact, the cycle looks like it's just about 56 days - two phases of the moon. That is, on one new moon it'll be at a peak, at the next it'll be at a valley, and so forth. Tonight the moon is new and it's at a peak.
Most mammals' menstrual cycles, including H. Sapiens, are tied somewhat to the phase of the moon (there's no strong scientific proof for or against this, so bear with me). Viagra is mostly for infertile couples trying to get pregnant. How does a couple know if they're pregnant? The woman doesn't have a period at the end of her menstrual cycle.
Couple decides to have a baby. Couple waits for woman's next menstrual cycle and buys a bunch of (expensive) Viagra. Man gets (expensive) stiffies for the next month. End of the menstrual cycle comes; either they're pregnant (and they can stop the $20/night sex) or they don't (and they seek alternate methods). Granluarity of the influx: 28 days.
Okay, so really it should have a wavelength of 28 days instead of 56. How's this for an idea: how many pills in a typical prescription? I'd be guessing, oh, 15 or so. Fun-loving couples have it every other night for two weeks (7.5 pills), woman "has a headache" for two weeks; total time is 28 days, and they've gone through half a bottle. Two bottles goes in 56 days.
Unfortunately, Pfizer is (most likely) merging with Warner-Lambert on May 12, so the cycle will probably be ruined (WLA actually behaves like a real stock). However, since (by my calculations) they'll be at a low point on May 2, that would be a good time to buy into PFE.
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!
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