Friday, July 29, 2005

The answers to some freaky questions

Just got back late last night from 5 days in Las Vegas (no gambling, just some much needed relaxation and some great Vegas shows). I read Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. What a phenomenal book that I found difficult to put down (might have helped that I read 80% of it at one of Mandalay Bay's pools and the other 20% on the flight home).

Some of the questions that Levitt and Dubner answer are:
  • Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?
  • What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
  • Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?
  • How much do parents really matter?
  • What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?
Reading this book will definitely give one something to talk about in casual conversation as I discovered on the plane when the woman next to me was reading over my shoulder and inquired about the book. I highly recommend this great read.

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