What Do U.S. Oil Production and Mick Jagger Have in Common?

Photo: hiabba They both peaked in the late 1960’s. You can infer that, anyway, from this handy chart at the blog OverthinkingIt. They found a correlation between the decline in U.S. oil production and the decline in the quality of pop music, as measured by Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All […]

Why Is Family Guy Okay When Imus Wasn’t?

Don Imus is back on the radio, brimming with apology and announcing a new cast that includes two African-American comedians. He was run off the air a few months ago for calling the Rutgers women’s basketball team “nappy headed ho’s.” I understand why he was canned. I understand why he is back. I understand that […]

Guns in America

The U.S. reportedly has the highest concentration of private gun ownership in the world. It is estimated that Americans buy more than half of all the guns that are manufactured worldwide each year. We wrote a good bit about guns in Freakonomics — primarily about the lack of efficacy of gun-control laws and gun buybacks […]

And Today Is…

September 4 is the day in 2002 when Texas singer Kelly Clarkson was voted the first American Idol. Sadly, her vote-winning song of choice was not “Girl, Your Marginal Benefit Is Far Greater Than Your Marginal Cost.”