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Collateral You Can Eat

Now this is a prize currency.  From Bloomberg: The vaults of Credito Emiliano SpA hold the pungent gold prized by gourmands around the world — 17,000 tons of parmesan cheese. The regional bank accepts parmesan as collateral for loans, helping…

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Rational, Irrational or Something Inbetween?

Dan Ariely, a behavioral economist at MIT, talks at TED in 2008. The talk, according to the official bio, is about the following: Despite our best efforts, bad or inexplicable decisions are as inevitable as death and taxes and the…

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Daily Show Shenanigans

Apparently Tim Geithner can’t sell his house, and this brought his house – not him – onto the Daily Show, with Robert Shiller making a cameo. It starts by describing the thawing real estate market but noting a “tragic tale”…

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April Fool’s Google-Style

Some of you may have noticed Google’s new feature – Gmail Autopilot(TM): As more and more everyday communication takes place over email, lots of people have complained about how hard it is to read and respond to every message. This…

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F-Double-Prime is Finally Greater Than Zero?

In spite of yesterday‘s news that the industrial production and capacity utilization took a nosedive, there seems to be a general feeling that things may have bottomed out, and it might be a turning point. In today’s NYT: An unexpected…

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Pathetic

Stephen Hadley, the National Security Adviser, was on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Apparently, he doesn’t know the difference between Nepal and Tibet. Discussing how Bush has “no reason not to go” to this summer’s Olympic games in Beijing…

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Hello, Can I Have Your Baby For You?

If you’re not up to reproducing (or, in the case of same-sex couples, if you can’t): Fear not. You can – for the low, low price of $25,000 – buy a child that was born from a surrogate mother through…

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A Nice Graph

Friday’s New York Times has a nice graph that describes movies in terms of their box office receipts and longevity. The height is a measure of weekly box office receipts, and the width is in time. So the movie which…

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