FREAK-est Links

1. Al Gore is sued over sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera. (HT: Romenesko)

2. Economic reasons to become a vegetarian, graphs included.

3. The scientists and psychologists of the junk-food business reveal their secrets.

4. Columbia students can't resist stealing Nutella. (HT: AL)

5. How prevalent was famine cannibalism? (HT: JH)

6. First, traffic mimes in Bogota; now Lucha Libre in Mexico City doing the same.

FREAK-est Links

1. You too can outsource your job to China.

2. What are all those bacteria doing in the troposphere? (academic paper/press summary)

3. How much of your state's road budget is funded by the government?

4. North Korea gets the Google Maps treatment.

FREAK-est Links

1. Austin tries to incentivize employees to leave their cars at home, but it doesn't work.

2. Are 60 percent of New York State's cigarettes smuggled in?

3. Freakonomics movie trailer in Italian.

4. Sunk costs and Mark Sanchez.

5. Garlic smugglers in the E.U. dodge high import duties. (HT: Rich)

FREAK-est Links

1. Gary Becker and Kevin Murphy on the failed war on drugs.

2. Selling beer at college football games worked out pretty well for the University of Minnesota this season: $907,000 in alcohol sales and fewer incidents.

3. The Economist's 2012 in charts.

4. Hedging hackers: firms create fake data to defend against data thieves.

FREAK-est Links

1. Did an "academic dream team" help Obama win the election?
2. Bond economics: which Bond villain plans are economically viable? (HT: V. Brenner)
3. Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde figures out how to create clouds indoors for an exhibition.

4. Candy for quietness: police in Durham gave drunk students candy to quiet them. (HT: V. Brenner)

5. The world's "poorest president": Uruguay's Jose Mujica lives on a farm.

FREAK-est Links

Another big-time college sports program okays beer sales in the stadium. (HT: Oliver Luck)

2. Sixty leading economists (including Justin Wolfers) weigh in on what's wrong with our economy and how to fix it.

3. Introducing Jewrotica (via Heeb).

4. Does retraining help the unemployed?

5. New videos from Mathalicious (whom we've blogged about before).

6. A cool visualization of how information spreads on social networks.

FREAK-est Links

1. Just published: Rough Beasts, Charles Siebert's new e-book on the Zanesville Zoo Massacre.

2. Chris Sprigman on software patents.

3. 36 bizarre economic indicators. (HT: V. Brenner)

4. Nathan Myhrvold's absurdly prolific and diverse output can now be sampled in one place, on his new website. Also, his award-winning six-volume $625 cookbook Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking has just been repurposed into a one-volume edition (retailing for just $140) called Modernist Cuisine at Home.

FREAK-est Links

1. Is lap dancing taxable? (HT: K. Wells)

2. A graphic novel about economic theory.

3. A new paper on last meals: most requested items were meat, fried food, desserts, and soft drinks.

4. Principal tries new incentive program for students: no cellphones or cars if they're failing. (HT: V. Brenner)

5. Honest Tea's National Honesty Index this year: 93 percent of participants were honest.

6. Is shrimp too cheap?

FREAK-est Links

1. Do images of babies help curb crime? A graffiti social experiment in southeast London. (HT: Alex Berezow)

2. Stanford startup Maykah creates toys for girls that encourage them to study math and science.

3. Amazon's election map. (HT: Flowing Data)

4. Brown University's student radio show also looks at whether college is worth it.

5. FREAK-shot: an ATM machine that offers risk-free gambling. (HT: Lou Wigdor)

FREAK-est Links

1. The behavioral economics of online passwords.

2. Economists estimate all the spam in the world costs society $20 billion for $200 million revenue. (HT: Eric M. Jones)

3. Food diplomacy in East Asia.

4. Mike Mularkey's incentive plan to stop touchdown celebrations. (HT: Will Carr)