Behavior: Bachelor Bulge

Britain has too many men

World War I virtually wiped out a generation of British males. The slaughter in the trenches claimed three-quarters of a million young Englishmen and helped produce the "spinster bulge" of the '20s and '30s, when Britain had a surplus of nearly 2 million women, most of whom were never able to marry.

By the late '40s, males had made a strong comeback and once again outnumbered females. But now, according to a demographic report, Britain is on the brink of a serious "bachelor bulge." Tucked away in a few paragraphs of a 100-page government study is startling...

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