FREAKONOMICS AND M$M’S. I have posted, for example here, about FREAKONOMICS by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. They have a new book, THINK LIKE A FREAK, and an excerpt entitled “Traponomics” was published in the Wall St. Journal (May 12-13). The excerpt is called “Traponomics” because they attempt to answer the question “How can you trick the guilty into revealing themselves?” The section features a discussion of how David Lee Roth, who fronted the rock band Van Halen in the 1980’s, included a clause–in a 53 page rider to the band’s contract with promoters around the country—which provided that there be no brown M&M’s backstage. This clause became famous, especially because Roth was known to destroy his dressing room when brown M&M’s were discovered backstage. Roth’s behavior was considered to be an example of typical rock star excess, but Levitt and Dubner endorse Roth’s explanation of the economics underlying the brown M&M clause.
- COMPETING AT BAKING. (2)
- POETRY AND BASEBALL. (2)
- Nick: Correction! It’s @mornacale on Twitter. Slight typo.
- THE OLDEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE BEGINS ITS NEW SEASON. (1)
- THE ETIQUETTE OF EATING PEAS (COMMENT). (1)
- EATING PEAS WITH A KNIFE. (1)
- A MOSQUITO AND DNA. (1)
- HUNTERS IN THE SNOW (WINTER)—THE PAINTING. (1)
- ECONOMICS IS “A COLLECTION OF FUNNY STORIES ABOUT UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES”. (1)
- A BIZARRE BASEBALL RULE CHANGE IS IMPLEMENTED (COMMENT). (1)
- A BIZARRE PROPOSED BASEBALL RULE CHANGE. (1)
- “ŚMIGUS-DYNGUS”—A GOOD WORD FOR THE DICTIONARY GAME. (1)
- Nick: We’ve gotten a lot of joy out of a similar game called “Wise & Otherwise.” Instead of a...