The FREAKest Links: Potter Deathwatch Edition

Included in the hubbub leading up to the final Harry Potter installment is a prediction exchange in which participants bet on whether Harry lives or dies — although betting has now been influenced by an anonymous Web spoiler claiming insider knowledge that the hero doesn’t meet an untimely doom.

Gelf magazine has an interview with the economist Uri Gneezy, who conducted a 2002 study on the economics of splitting restaurant checks. His findings? Perhaps not surprisingly, people order less when paying individually and more when the bill is split evenly.

A paper by Turkish professor Kemal Yildirim in the Journal of Environmental Psychology concludes that sitting near a window at work leads to greater job satisfaction. No word on the effectiveness of those fake posters that look like windows.


candid

I'm not sure what spoilers you're looking at, but the ones you've linked to certainly don't claim that Harry Potter "meets an untimely doom".

frankenduf

I pilfered a draft off Rowlings' hard drive- the last page is simply painted black
candid- part of the confusion is your interpretation of the post- they do NOT not claim that Potter won't die

bertrecords

I am just speculating, but what if Harry Potter becomes leader of the free world, claiming the ability to deal with villians that only he can see?

egretman

what if Harry Potter becomes leader of the free world, claiming the ability to deal with villians that only he can see?

That could never happen here. We have checks and balances.

Endymion

Sorry, but I have to edit. The posters are real posters. They look like fake windows. Also, does sitting in front of a computer running Windows lead to greater job satisfaction?

byront

I think it's pretty inconsiderate to post a possible Harry Potter spoiler on the blog. If I cared about Harry Potter I'd probably be upset.

Kusand

byront is right. I've been trying to avoid any spoiler sites or info, so telling us a rumored spoiler in your roundup is pretty rude. You really ought to remove that. I already had Watchmen ruined for me by a random spoiler; let's not repeat that situation.

baggie

To change the subject - on the restaurant post, if people splitting the bill evenly causes people to order more, then it would be in the restaurants interest not to bother to itemize any bills for groups or to allow split payments, which perhaps not coincidently is what most usually happens.

spicey

I've not come across bills that aren't itemized. If I did I'd be suspicious that the restaurant might be overcharging; I at least want the ability to check I'm paying the right price even if I don't bother. Though sometimes it's a handwritten scrawl, or in Chinese or Arabic, so not so easy to check.

kah

If I say a guess about what I think will happen in Harry Potter, and it turns out that the guess happened to be right, but I don't tell you I was guessing, and you read it and think it was a spoiler, is that rude?

Don't worry, I am not going to say any guesses in case they turn out to be right and ruin your day. I'm just wondering exactly how fragile everybody out there is.

egretman

Potter dies. He tries to go up against the full power of Messiah College. But the faithful fend off his attack with a 900 ft tall Jesus. His witches powers are useless until he summons the full force of Eragon and turns our savior into a tower of stone. Fortunately, the Stone Jesus topples over and kills Harry.

In the sequel, Dick Cheney forms a fourth branch of government and takes over where the evil Harry left off.

Taed

I spend a lot of time over at the prediction exchange NewsFutures. We've had a Potter Dies/Lives market for maybe 3 months now. It's currently running at 78% that he lives and it has not been at all influenced in the past two days or so by the "news" of the "leak".

http://news.us.newsfutures.com/market/market.html?symbol=HPLIVESY

It's a fake-money prediction market (though there are occassional prizes -- I won an iPod Nano about 6 months back), so feel free to join up and have fun!

candid

I'm not sure what spoilers you're looking at, but the ones you've linked to certainly don't claim that Harry Potter "meets an untimely doom".

frankenduf

I pilfered a draft off Rowlings' hard drive- the last page is simply painted black
candid- part of the confusion is your interpretation of the post- they do NOT not claim that Potter won't die

bertrecords

I am just speculating, but what if Harry Potter becomes leader of the free world, claiming the ability to deal with villians that only he can see?

egretman

what if Harry Potter becomes leader of the free world, claiming the ability to deal with villians that only he can see?

That could never happen here. We have checks and balances.

Endymion

Sorry, but I have to edit. The posters are real posters. They look like fake windows. Also, does sitting in front of a computer running Windows lead to greater job satisfaction?

byront

I think it's pretty inconsiderate to post a possible Harry Potter spoiler on the blog. If I cared about Harry Potter I'd probably be upset.

Kusand

byront is right. I've been trying to avoid any spoiler sites or info, so telling us a rumored spoiler in your roundup is pretty rude. You really ought to remove that. I already had Watchmen ruined for me by a random spoiler; let's not repeat that situation.

baggie

To change the subject - on the restaurant post, if people splitting the bill evenly causes people to order more, then it would be in the restaurants interest not to bother to itemize any bills for groups or to allow split payments, which perhaps not coincidently is what most usually happens.