freakonomics + onion = love

From a recent news item in the Onion:

CHICAGO—A University of Chicago freakonomics professor told General Electric investors Monday to keep a close eye on recent fluctuations in the heights of competitive powerlifters from Mexico. “Usually we can count on a stable average of 5 feet 8 inches, but last month’s quarter-inch drop in height among Mexican dead-lift competitors in the middle-heavyweight division could spell disaster for GE’s aviation and software subsidiaries,” freakonomist James Duncan said. “But, like anything else, a shrewd investor must always ask himself one thing: How many hot dogs did I eat last year?” Duncan previously gained recognition for tracking first-time home ownership and teenage mothers’ gum purchases against the Times Tom Jones Is Played Per Day Index.

Wondering if Jim Heckman had a hand in this…

Written by fabiorojas

May 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm

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  1. This American Life had a pretty great episode about the process that goes into producing each issue of The Onion. Interesting for orgheads and non alike.



    May 26, 2010 at 5:56 pm

  2. […] The Onion s’amuse aux dépens des freakonomiques […]


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