Apologies for disappearing. Went to India last minute which threw everything offboard as I prepared to go. Went to Aurangabad, a small but rapidly growing town known for the Ajanta Ellora Caves , it’s where I went to school. Anyway, more on that later, this post is to announce the winners of the Superfreakonomics competition.
I received 11 comments and 3 emails. It’s always interesting to see how people respond to such open ended competition questions; you often find that responses are not what you expected – but that’s what makes it interesting I suppose. Anyway, my two winners are:
1) Sean McLachlan: Because he wrote a simple and funny limerick as a response. Certainly one of the most unique answers.
2) Kedar: Because he put enough effort to come up with a freaky question, logic of which was so freakishly random that only he can make sense of — which is pretty much like all the questions the Freakonomics guys pose.
So voila! Congrats Sean and Kedar. Please email me your postal addresses so I can get the publishers to mail the books over to you. As for the rest, thanks for participating anyway!
If you haven’t read, or at least heard of Freakonomics — shame on you.
In a nutshell, as put perfectly by the AP, Freakonomics is a book where the authors “crunch numbers about mundane topics to reveal interesting, unexpected conclusions”. For example: What do school teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? Questions you wouldn’t really think to ask, but they are valid, and if nothing else, beg you to think differently and feed your curiosity. A quirky book that is written basis principles of economics, anyone with an inquisitive mind will enjoy it. I wrote a review of the book about 2 years ago that you can read here. Also, the authors of Freakonomics have a regular blog on the NYTimes and you can follow them on Twitter http://twitter.com/Freakonomics, so do check those links out to get a flavour of their crazy thinking ability.
Now, the success of Freakonomics lead the authors to come up with another such book called “SuperFreakonomics”. You can check out some reviews of it here (WSJ) and here (LA Times).
I haven’t read the book yet (on my priority list to read), but I do have two copies to give away!
So, tell me, in not more that 50 words, why do you deserve to win a copy of SuperFreakonomics?
You can leave a comment here or send me an email at email@example.com with “SuperFreakonomics” in the subject line. Deadline to send in your comments is November 17, 2009.
Come on then, it’s an easy win! 🙂