Our Daily Bleg

What’s a bleg?

A bleg = blog + beg — i.e., using a blog to beg for information. (This is not to be confused with the Dutch beleg — which is either a sandwich filling or the declaration of martial law.)

We have blegged before on this blog, asking our readers for Vegas travel tips, reading material, and new technologies worth adopting.

And you, the readers, always respond with great generosity, breadth, and insight.

But why should we be the sole beneficiaries of such blegs? Surely our readers, in addition to providing a great reservoir of diverse knowledge, also have bleg requests of their own.

Perhaps you or someone you love has just been diagnosed with a rare disease and you are looking for good data and advice. Maybe you just landed a semester abroad in India and want to arrive fully prepared to take advantage. Maybe you — like me — have finally grown weary of wrestling with all the glitches in a new PC laptop and wonder if it is time to convert to Mac.

So let’s put you, our readership, to work on behalf of you, our readership. You can post your blegs in the comments section below, and/or send them to bleg@freakonomics.com.

It might be helpful to add a bit of contextual information to your bleg (see the examples linked to in the third paragraph, above) rather than just floating a question on its own. We’ll then select blegs and post them one at a time; I am guessing that the response to these blegs will prove to the world that the people who read Freakonomics.com are indeed among the wisest and most thoughtful people in the land.

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  1. Charles D says:

    What an excellent idea!

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  2. typing on my computer says:

    your favorite (no more than four) non-news, non-political, non-sports websites

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  3. Ann says:

    What a great idea…

    I always wondered if it was worth it to spend hundreds of dollars getting a car serviced and maintenanced at the dealer, or if a local garage will suffice. Thoughts?

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  4. misterb says:

    Maybe this one can be a standing bleg; but I would like your readers to recommend more good general audience economics books. Perhaps, as with Harry Potter and fantasy, Dr Levitt hasn’t been able to find other econ books that compare to yours, but I’d imagine the readers can.

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  5. Clayton says:

    Though I’m a PC Gamers, for most tasks a Mac is where it’s at. And with Boot Camp, you can still get your Windows fix (like I do) for those Windows only things.

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  6. Dr. Rob says:

    The Dutch people once declared martial law over a sandwich filling. I would like to know which kind of filling it was and why they did so.

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  7. William says:

    Try Naked Economics by Charles Wheelan. Another excellent easy to read economics book.

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  8. The Dread Pirate Robert says:

    I cannot recomend enough the book ‘Predictably Irrational’. It is ‘behavioral’ economics, and insightful for everyday life, as well as (provided you have an active imagination) understanding investments.

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