Funny Random Essays

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view’s full findings here.

[h/t Thrillist]

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Here is a collection of my humor essays. Read them. Laugh at them. Share them with friends.

Brian Eden Performs at the Baltimore 510 Reading Series
See video from my live performance at Baltimore’s only dedicated fiction reading series.

The suffering must end
An empassioned plea to women everywhere to stop making men come shopping.

A brief and unpleasant run-in with my ex
The story of my awkward encounter with my embittered ex-barber.

I’ve had it up to here, Canada.
Canada announces the invention of tiny flying robots with pincers and lasers. I am not ok with this.

I’m number 1
I finally achieved my lifelong goal. To be the #1 Brian Eden on Google

A tale of two salamis
The dramatic and controversy-riddled story of the world’s biggest sausages.

A little off the top
An intelligent discussion of the Bris.
Or, The Day the Foreskin Died.

Fear the laundry
The story of man overcoming adversity.
Or, how I found a dead mouse in the washing machine.

The One
A spoof about Kid Rock. Remember him? The angry guy who hung out with the midget?

The Boston accent
People in Boston talk wicked funny.

Why I’m fasting
A detailed list of all of my sins in preparation for Yom Kippur.

The long and boring road
Our trip to South Carolina: nine excruciating hours in the car with a labradoodle.

Border blunder
Government watchdogs have found that thousands of people who shouldn’t have been admitted to the United States were mistakenly allowed in last year because of security lapses at legal border crossings. Here’s how they snuck through.

Kayak for a cause
I kayaked across Long Island Sound from Connecticut to Long Island without dying.


Not the pants type. The writing type. Here are some very short nuggets of hilarity.


The Bar is High

Scenes from a Saturday night

Monday Observation

The sky is falling. Seriously.

Twilight zone

Doing business

Fit for a ho

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