Most Expensive Blog Post

In much of America, conspicuous conservation is the new conspicuous consumption. Those of you itching for a fix of boom-time nostalgia can visit the Most Expensive Journal, your guide to the priciest items available. A $50,000 Go-Kart? Sure. A jewel-encrusted, $2.4 million iPhone? Why not? It’s SkyMall for plutocrats. [%comments]

The Cost of Campaigning in Rapid City, S.D.

Levitt and I had the pleasure of visiting Rapid City, S.D., recently to give a lecture. Yes, we had time to visit Mount Rushmore, a good time made all the better by our charismatic tour guide, National Park Service Superintendent Gerard Baker (Yellow Wolf), the very tall gentleman between us here: We also had occasion […]

Turning Money Into Art

| For those of you who enjoy dollar origami, we bring you a gallery of Mark Wagner‘s intricate and beautiful dollar bill collages. His portrait of Marxism is our favorite. [%comments]

How to Lose Millions in a Day Without Benefit of the Stock Market

Matthew J. Darnell, writing on Yahoo!’s N.F.L. blog, talks about how Andre Smith, an Alabama offensive lineman slotted as a potential overall No. 1 draft pick, has destroyed his own value with a series of bad decisions and, most recently, a really bad workout in front of pro scouts: I can’t recall anyone’s draft stock […]

Some Advice for Gold-Diggers

The Los Angeles Times reports that membership at online dating sites has increased substantially this year; eHarmony, for example, was up 20 percent. In light of the economy, we wonder how many of these online daters joined up to do some gold-digging. They should be careful. As research by Gunter Hitsch, Ali Hortacsu, and Dan […]

Is This Where the $700 Billion Is Going?

There was a lot of noise last week about how the banks who’ve been drawing down the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program fund can’t account for how the money is being spent. It’s not like $700 billion can just disappear, right? Well, a reader named Gannon Hubbard wrote in with a hunch as to where […]

FREAK Shots: When Money Goes Down the Toilet

At around 231 million percent, Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation (which we’ve written about before) is currently the highest in the world. Blog reader Ben Saltsman sent us this photo of a restroom sign in South Africa, which hints at one use for Zimbabwe’s severely devalued currency: Photo: Eugine Baron But is it cost-effective for Zimbabweans to use […]

McCain, the Media, Money, and Montesinos (and Obama Too)

So Barack Obama continues to raise millions upon millions of dollars, and if he wins the election a lot of people will certainly attribute his victory, at least in significant part, to this money. But should they? We addressed this topic in Freakonomics. Our argument was based on a clever piece of research by Steve […]

Suze Orman Answers Your Money Questions

Suze Orman Earlier this week, we solicited your questions for Suze Orman. You asked about paying college debt, choosing a good retirement plan, and — especially with a week like this — how safe your money is. In her answers below, Orman also offers a question to ask whenever deciding what to do with your […]

This Guy Must Be Feeling Pretty Good

It seems like there are only losers when it comes to mortgage debt, but that can’t be the case. The folks who sold the stuff to the companies that are being hurt are clearly winners; they pawned off their mortgage debt for far more than it turned out to be worth. And I can only […]