O – H ….. I – O!

It is late Monday night, and Levitt and I just completed an entire day’s worth of Freako-chat in Columbus, capital of Ohio and proud home of the Ohio State Buckeyes. A buckeye, we learned today, is a tree whose nut looks just like a chestnut but is poisonous. We also learned the OSU cheer, which even we were able master in a short time. It goes: “O – H” … “I – O.” We also learned it is not a good idea to casually whistle the Univ. of Michigan fight song, as I am for some reason wont to do (a remnant of having watched “The Big Chill” a few times many years ago), especially when OSU is playing Michigan on the upcoming Saturday. Anyway … we gave three Freakonomics talks today: one to a big audience of OSU students, faculty, etc.; one to a small audience of OSU honors students; and one to a small group of executives at the Limited. The Limited, headquartered here, owns Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Henri Bendel — and, as of not so long ago, C.O. Bigelow, which started out as a wonderful old apothecary in Greenwich Village. When I first moved to New York, I used to go into Bigelow just to sniff the air of the long-vanished metropolis. Well, the folks at the Limited were asking us about incentives and so on and I mentioned — in jest — that one downside of traveling around to give talks is that we’re away from home so much, and maybe we should bring home some Victoria’s Secret product for our (respective) wives. Lo and behold, on our way out we were laden down with big gift baskets of Bigelow booty. It looks like really good stuff, and I predict our wives will more easily tolerate our next trip.


jhunsaker

Props from Columbus...sorry we missed you. Go Bucks! Beat Michigan!

Jake

It was great meeting both of you. There are some alternative words to the Michigan fight song that you can google (I won't post them here) in case you feel the need to keep singing it.

Go Bucks! Beat Michigan!

Jacob Morvay

jasontromm

I always thought a buckey leaf looked more like a marijuana leaf than a chestnut.

Jenna

I really enjoyed meeting you and talking to you at the Limited reception. You guys are great!

GO BUCKS!

Jenna Kamrass

Emilia

I wish my company would hire you guys to explain incentives to them, because they clearly haven't gotten that memo.

Princess Leia

I would want something from Bendel's! Oooo ahhh!

brafury

Not only I admire both of you for all of your work, but now you post about the Buckeyes. Too bad I no longer attend this great school.It would have been great to see you speak. I hope that one day I get to see any of you two talk in Southern Cal where I relocated to. Either way, thank you for the great book and
GO BUCKS! BEAT BLUE

Elise

Come talk at Penn State!

ATXSuperstar

I don't know why, but the part about the buckeye being poisonous made me guffaw and snort very loudly. The cube farm came alive with curiousity, as little heads popped up and over to see what's with all the joy!

It made my day.

Thanks, Dubner.

Career Moves, Football Talk — Blog Cow Archive

[...] Ohio State has been playing great football lately, with the same explosion offensively we had against Michigan last year. And speaking of Michigan, it’s time once again for the Big Game, at Michigan, this coming Saturday. Even Levitt and Dubner, two of my current favorite writers, recognize the importance of this game. Even though the Buckeyes have been winning big and had a pretty decent season, it all once again comes down to whether we can do it: Beat the Wolverines in their own house. Let’s sure hope so. [...]

jhunsaker

Props from Columbus...sorry we missed you. Go Bucks! Beat Michigan!

Jake

It was great meeting both of you. There are some alternative words to the Michigan fight song that you can google (I won't post them here) in case you feel the need to keep singing it.

Go Bucks! Beat Michigan!

Jacob Morvay

jasontromm

I always thought a buckey leaf looked more like a marijuana leaf than a chestnut.

Jenna

I really enjoyed meeting you and talking to you at the Limited reception. You guys are great!

GO BUCKS!

Jenna Kamrass

Emilia

I wish my company would hire you guys to explain incentives to them, because they clearly haven't gotten that memo.

Princess Leia

I would want something from Bendel's! Oooo ahhh!

brafury

Not only I admire both of you for all of your work, but now you post about the Buckeyes. Too bad I no longer attend this great school.It would have been great to see you speak. I hope that one day I get to see any of you two talk in Southern Cal where I relocated to. Either way, thank you for the great book and
GO BUCKS! BEAT BLUE

Elise

Come talk at Penn State!

ATXSuperstar

I don't know why, but the part about the buckeye being poisonous made me guffaw and snort very loudly. The cube farm came alive with curiousity, as little heads popped up and over to see what's with all the joy!

It made my day.

Thanks, Dubner.

Career Moves, Football Talk — Blog Cow Archive

[...] Ohio State has been playing great football lately, with the same explosion offensively we had against Michigan last year. And speaking of Michigan, it’s time once again for the Big Game, at Michigan, this coming Saturday. Even Levitt and Dubner, two of my current favorite writers, recognize the importance of this game. Even though the Buckeyes have been winning big and had a pretty decent season, it all once again comes down to whether we can do it: Beat the Wolverines in their own house. Let’s sure hope so. [...]