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  • January 7, 2011 3:20 pm

    A Wee Question

    From blogger extraordinaire Kevin Drum:

    Suppose that you lead a comfortable middle-class life. Let’s say that you’re in your 30s, married, two children, and you make $100,000 per year. I offer you a fair coin flip with the following possible outcomes:

    • Heads: You will be stripped of most of your assets and will earn $30,000 per year for the rest of your life. That’s all you get, and neither friends nor family can top it up for you.
    • Tails: You will earn $1 million per year for the rest of your life.

    Treat this as a serious question. Would you take me up on my offer to flip the coin?

  • November 4, 2010 8:13 pm

    "We are not deep in wonder. We are bankrupt and considering divorce in Oklahoma. We want to know how to make money with candy stands at miniature-golf courses. We want do-it-yourself plans for an electric unicycle and for dog wheelchairs. We are curious about Hungarian customs regulations and how to use a spinal-cord monitor during scoliosis surgery. Also, please, we would like instructions on How to Set Up a Pony Ride with No Ponies."

    — Nicholas Spangler, inspecting America’s cyber-id as a freelance Demand Studios writer in Columbia Journalism Review. (via adamweinstein)