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Modern ways to waste your time

By Sam Leith   June 2013

How much of our lives will we spend walking around in a field searching for a 3G signal?

When I was a child, I became obsessed by a whole series of statistics of more or less uncertain provenance-—how long, during your lifetime, you will spend waiting at traffic lights or queuing at a shop till, and so on. The odd one didn’t bear up at all when you thought about it: how would you devise an experiment to establish how many spiders the average person swallows in his or her…

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