Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Do bullies grow up to make more money?

Mar 29, 2024, 8:00 AM

Left: Actor Tom Wilson performs onstage in May 2005, (Frazer Harrison, Getty Images) Right: Crispin...

Left: Actor Tom Wilson performs onstage in May 2005, (Frazer Harrison, Getty Images) Right: Crispin Glover at a screening in December 2019 (Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images)

(Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images)

Editor’s note: This is an editorial piece. An editorial, like a news article, is based on fact but also shares opinions. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and are not associated with our newsroom.

SALT LAKE CITY — You can keep your Darth Vader and your Thanos.  For my nine bucks, the greatest villain in movie history is Biff. 

Biff Tannen from Back to the Future. If you remember this seminal moment in film history, this evil meathead is assaulting sweet sweet Lorraine and dares McFly to try and stop him. I love this part. McFly balls up his fist, summons all the courage he never had, and lets it fly — knocking Biff out thereby creating an alternate reality where Biff buffs the McFly family cars for a living… and scene.

Such a satisfying finish. That, there, is epic cinema. But real life doesn’t work that way. According to a new study from the University of Essex, schoolyard bullies grow up to make more money.

This study tracked 7000 people from age 10 through age 46. The ones that teachers identified as having problems with aggressive behavior and emotional instability went on to grow up and earn 4% more than everyone else.

It’s the most disconcerting thing. If you’re making $85,000… the kid who used to beat you up is probably making $88,500. The researchers theorize these evil meatheads take their aggressiveness into the workplace and snag that extra 4%. 

But, the Biffs of the world are also more likely to be arrested at some point in their lives. So which would you rather? Raise a McFly who ends up paying a 4% penalty for being a good kid? Or raise a Biff who assaults sweet Loraine but makes an extra 60 bucks a week?

I’m Team McFly. If you’re a Darth Vader fan or a Thanos groupie… I think we’re done here.

Jeff Caplan is the host of Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News on KSL NewsRadio. Follow him on Facebook and X. 

Other Minutes of News:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Jeff Caplan's Minute of News

Taylor Swift...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Taylor Swift’s new album… for the non-Swifties

If you’re not a Swiftie, I’ll give you the cheat sheet so you can hold a conversation with anyone who’s lost in the Taylor Swift wormhole.

5 days ago

Left: Sean Ono Lennon At Empire State Building Lighting Ceremony In October 08, 2020 (Dimitrios Kam...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: A new Lennon-McCartney

There’s a new Lennon-McCartney collaboration. It's not the one you're thinking. Or, maybe it is, but not quite. Not really.

6 days ago

If Utah gets a National Hockey League team, the existing Utah Grizzlies won't be going anywhere....

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: A little lesson about hockey

As we get ready for a Utah NHL Team, we have an important lesson for hockey spectators.

6 days ago

Image of people playing pickleball at the 11th Avenue Park in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 30, ...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Kids, stay away from Pickleball

Can’t get a timeslot on the court? Jeff Caplan proposes a new Pickleball Law.

6 days ago

sports fans cheer at delta center during slc ncaa tournament...

Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Utah sports fans are proven to be THE BEST

A study shows that we’re better at forgiving our team for a bad game.

7 days ago


Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Tesla’s troubling 2024

The Cybertruck is STAINLESS steel. Right?

8 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: Do bullies grow up to make more money?