The Toll “Real News” Takes

feverchart.jpgThe folks at Us Weekly, OK!, Star and E! must be taking some long lunch breaks this week. Whenever “real” news strikes (read: tragedy that happens in the U.S. — that Iraq stuff is so played out), the appetite for celebrity dish tends to go way, way down. How far down?

Thirty-three percent down.

According to our unscientific study tracking the number of posts on TMZ.com, we discovered that tragedy accounts for a 32.9 percent decrease in posts this week over the same time period the week before.

But for those who worry that this new sobriety will last, that our way of life will forever be altered, take comfort. All is not lost — just 33 percent of it is.