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A few days back I posed the question “Why are we eating so much shrimp?” Between 1980 and 2005, the amount of shrimp consumed per person in the U.S. has nearly tripled. I didn’t expect more than 1,000 responses! I asked the question because Shane Frederick, a marketing professor at MIT’s Sloan School, had contacted […] Read More »

And Today Is…

August 30 is the day in 1963 when a direct phone line was established between Washington D.C. and the Kremlin, so that President Kennedy could communicate easily with the Soviet premier. Presumably it wasn’t to discuss chess collusion. Read More »

FREAK-TV: Another Take on the Death Penalty

Video We’ve written about the putative deterrent effect of capital punishment both in “Freakonomics,” and here on the blog. But none of those explanations were delivered by our International Video Woman of Mystery (known to her friends, natch, as Ivwom), whom you first encountered in a video last week about sport and violence. Read More »

The FREAK-est Links

Ron Paul takes all? ABC’s Langer on online “poll” results. (Earlier) Get Botox today, but possible melanomas require a wait. Kasparov, despair: computers learn checkers, Scrabble, Sudoku. (Earlier) New N.A.R. sales release overly optimistic? (Earlier) Read More »

Contest: Beat This Aptonym

Can you beat the aptonym “Paige Worthy” for a magazine fact-checker? Come and try your luck in the Freakonomics “Aptonym-Off.” Read More »

This Is Why I Avoid Doing Live TV Interviews Unless Dubner Makes Me

You never know when you are going to get a tough question like this one. Read More »

And Today Is…

August 29 is the day in 2000 when Pope John Paul II endorsed organ donation. No word on his endorsement of trading organs for shorter prison terms. Read More »

Indexed, Freakonomics Edition

I am a fan of the blog Indexed, on which a young Ohio copywriter named Jessica Hagy creates sweet and simple graphical pictures, on index cards, that tell a story. The blog allows her, she writes, to “make fun of some things and sense of others. I use it to think a little more relationally […] Read More »