The Quiz Answer Is … “Beauty and the Geek”

Yesterday’s blog quiz invited you to guess which TV show I’ll soon be appearing on.

The clues were pretty sparse. It was a show “that, if you think about it, fits pretty nicely with Freakonomics. … The show is in prime time and it’s taped, not live.”

And yet just 35 minutes after the blog posting, the tenth commenter, “CakeEating,” wrote: “My guess is Beauty and the Geek. Isn’t that starting soon? And Geek rhymes with Freak, right?”

CakeEating is right. I’ll be appearing in the second hour of the season premiere of Beauty and the Geek, which begins at 8 ET/7CT tonight (Wed., Jan. 3), on the CW network (a union of the old WB and UPN networks).

When I was first asked to do the show, I didn’t even bother replying. I’d never heard of it, and from the title it didn’t sound worthwhile. Then I mentioned it to Levitt, who told me that it’s a really good show and that I’d be an idiot to not do it. He was right — at least about it being a really good show. I watched a few DVD’s of last year’s episodes, and was pretty much transfixed. It’s a reality show produced by Ashton Kutcher, who also made Punk’d, but it is not at all? mean-spirited. If, like me, you’ve never heard of the show, it’s described here as “Pygmalion meets Survivor with Punk’d overtones, and manages to win kudos for cultural insightfulness.” I’m not supposed to say anything about the content of the show, but the L.A. Times already has.

So congratulations to CakeEating, who’ll be getting a signed copy of Freakonomics for the first correct answer. MelloYello9838 will also get a book; he/she was randomly chosen from everyone else who also had the right answer but wasn’t first.

TAGS:

Leave A Comment

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

 

COMMENTS: 31

View All Comments »
  1. melloyello9838 says:

    Wow, now that you mention it, I do remember seeing that in a promo for the show. Good catch.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1
  2. melloyello9838 says:

    Wow, now that you mention it, I do remember seeing that in a promo for the show. Good catch.

    Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0
  3. john.34 says:

    I like the idea of having quizzes with prizes on your blog, but isn’t the prize a little inefficient? I would assume that the majority of the people that frequent this blog have already read Freakonomics, so you’re offering a prize that people don’t really want. (As we all know, a 2nd copy of a book suffers from very diminishing marginal utility.) And the “signed” copy doesn’t add much more value, given that you’ve already offerred the signed bookplates for free on the blog previously.

    I’d like to think that a blog devoted to economics could avoid sufferring from such an inefficiency. Could you consider offerring a different prize? Perhaps a copy of superfreakonomics, when it comes out? (Of course, I can ignore the possibility that irrationality may lead winners to discount the value of a gift that comes in the future, since all readers of this fine blog surely know better).

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  4. john.34 says:

    I like the idea of having quizzes with prizes on your blog, but isn’t the prize a little inefficient? I would assume that the majority of the people that frequent this blog have already read Freakonomics, so you’re offering a prize that people don’t really want. (As we all know, a 2nd copy of a book suffers from very diminishing marginal utility.) And the “signed” copy doesn’t add much more value, given that you’ve already offerred the signed bookplates for free on the blog previously.

    I’d like to think that a blog devoted to economics could avoid sufferring from such an inefficiency. Could you consider offerring a different prize? Perhaps a copy of superfreakonomics, when it comes out? (Of course, I can ignore the possibility that irrationality may lead winners to discount the value of a gift that comes in the future, since all readers of this fine blog surely know better).

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  5. donaldo says:

    wow, and I said Identity, with the added comment that it was pretty easy. Guess I shouldn’t speak so soon next time.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  6. donaldo says:

    wow, and I said Identity, with the added comment that it was pretty easy. Guess I shouldn’t speak so soon next time.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  7. Nate says:

    I am watching Beauty and the Geek right now, but can’t tell which one Stephen is. Anyone have any help? I looked at the pic on the wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_J._Dubner but none of the guys look like that pic. (to me anyway)

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  8. Nate says:

    I am watching Beauty and the Geek right now, but can’t tell which one Stephen is. Anyone have any help? I looked at the pic on the wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_J._Dubner but none of the guys look like that pic. (to me anyway)

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0