Friday, August 22, 2008

Amish Versus Shakers

Apparently the Amish population is booming. A study found there are 227,000 Amish these days, almost double the number in 1992. The reason? Amish families typically have five or more kids.

That's forcing them to expand beyond their traditional strongholds of Pennsylvania and Ohio (haven't seen any on Folsom Street yet, though).

This got me thinking: With the Amish flourishing, how are the Shakers doing? You don't hear much about them these days.

Well, according to this story, there are currently four Shakers (as in, 4). They live in some community in Maine. And actually, the article is a couple years old, so maybe some of them have died.

The lesson: Having five kids each = good for your religion. Having no sex whatsoever = bad. (Though still better than having all your followers drink cyanide-laced Flavor Aid.*)

*Score! Another opportunity to mention Flavor Aid.