A Freakonomics Contest, Nostalgia Edition

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I was in California the other day and saw someone doing something that I haven’t seen done in a good while. I used to do it myself quite a bit, when I was in college, largely out of necessity.

 

What was it?

A piece of Freakonomics swag to the first correct guess.

 

Addendum: The answer to the nostalgia contest question is provided here.


Alex Andrews

Use a telephone box?

Rajat

I'm going to guess use a phone booth. Thanks to cell phones, hardly anyone uses them anymore.

Adam

Urinating in public

Denise

Hitch-hiking

Doctor Gonzo

Rolling your own cigarette.

Jon

Typing on a typewriter?

J

Smoke weed and/or drink beer out of a funnel

Marc

Eating Ramen noodles

SammyDarlin

Selling Cans

Michael C

Hitch a ride

Shane

Talk on a public phone?

Matt

Using a payphone?

Lab

Using a slide rule?
Donating plasma for cash?
Cooking on a hot plate?
Stealing toilet paper out of the public bathroom for your dorm room?

Nate W.

Hitchhiking?

Jeff

Walking in LA?

Robin

Collecting cans and/or bottles for cash?

Sarang P

Donating plasma? If I remember correctly, it paid $50 a pop when I was in college. Now that I think about it, I guess it's not really a donation...

Brandon

Drying laundry on a clothesline?

Chris

Typing on a typewriter.

Steve Chen

Reusing a tin pan to cook mac and cheese in.