All of the Consumerist is Annals of Capitalism, really, but it shows you that your adversaries in the marketplace have paid legions of clever people to think up ways to bleed you dry:
Ever notice how the voicemail intro message that every cellphone company makes their customers use is really godawful long? 15-seconds, to be exact. ...These long messages are no accident. Cellphone companies have entire conferences devoted to getting you to spend more time on the cellphone, and these really long messages are one of their favorite tricks.