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A Thirsty Economist Walks Into an A&W Restaurant …

… and something strange happens: there’s no more root beer. The economist was Freakonomics co-author and University of Chicago economist Steve Levitt. He was thirsty for a cold, frosty mug of A&W’s signature root beer. But, he was told, the restaurant was sold out of root beer. A while back, Levitt stopped by a KFC […] Read More »



A Really Hard Day's Work

Ulet Ifansasti’s stunning photographs depict working conditions at a primitive sulfur mining site in East Java, Indonesia. The miners use steel bars to hack off chunks of pure sulfur and carry loads of 100 to 200 pounds to the weighing station, making several trips a day. Daily pay is approximately $5.00. Read More »