Haiku Writers Know …
Congratulations to Sophie, the runaway winner of the economic haiku contest, for this beautiful composition:
Haiku writers know
The opportunity cost
Of a syllable.
Sophie not only wins Freakonomics schwag, but also the right to post haikus on the Freakonomics blog whenever she pleases.
As is often the case when the prize is so great, this contest was rife with controversy.
A number of readers complained that it was unfair that the order of the six finalists in the contest was held constant; had the haikus been randomized, each reader would have seen them in a different order.
The New York Times web people tell me that feature will be available on our blog in the year 2074.