Think Like a Freak Is Out Today — Win a Signed Copy Here!

book-TLaFToday’s the day: Think Like a Freak has just been published. Levitt and I will spend a lot of the next few weeks doing interviews for various TV, radio, print, web, and other media outlets. So how about we spice things up a bit and, at the same time, give you the chance to win a signed copy? (Winners of last week’s giveaway contest will be announced later today.)

Here’s the deal: in the comments section below, enter a word or short phrase that you’d like us to slip into one of our interviews. If we use your secret phrase, you win a signed copy of Think Like a Freak (or, if you prefer, a Think t-shirt).

Maybe this secret phrase is the name of a beloved late pet that you’d love to hear name-checked on CBS This Morning or Charlie Rose. Maybe it’s your childhood street, or a favorite phrase from a favorite movie, that you’d like to hear us mention during an NPR interview or The Tim Ferris Show or Mike Pesca‘s new podcast The Gist. Maybe you’re a golfer and you have a redonkulous swing thought that you’d get a kick out of hearing on CNN or MSNBC.

The key is that your word or phrase must be distinctive enough to have meaning but not so outlandish that we won’t be able to work it into an interview.

Good luck!


"Jimmy Carter in a footrace"

Steve Karlsson

conundrum wrapped up in an enigma

Jeff Carter

Cinderella Story.

Zach Gray

Frankie Lane or Henry Aaron

Jeena Mathew

A literal translation


Short phrase: And why oh why .. Hay on Wye


So "the" is out?

I say "Indubitably."

Natalie Hudson

My first pet was named Dookie. I'd love if you could slip that into an interview.


"Like a steamship"


Mr. Bear!

Sharva Hassamal

I feel like a Chicken Shawarma

Imre Kiss

meditation flashmob


Ice Ice Baby.

Steven Sadowski

"Freaking Tom"- Someone who observes people in the 'freak' or 'freakishly active people', for their own gratification.

Steven Hill

"What is the course record, and where is the first tee."

John S

"That's a clown question, bro."


"reducing the irreducible"


Johnny Manziel


It is all ball bearings these days.

Joe Crocker

"Boomer was a good boy"