Nobel Matchmakers

One of the first calls a new Nobel Prize winner might get is from Adam Smith, editor of NobelPrize.org. As you might expect, hearing his name, people initially wonder if the call is for real. Usually …

Pork Problems

Announcing the cancellation of this year’s bacon eating contest, Major League Eating (“the world body that governs all stomach-centric sports’) said,  “We cannot, in good consc…

Fresh Apple Demand

Again we connect to China with an apple but this time it’s the fruit. As incomes rise, so too has fresh fruit consumption in China. In addition to buying pork and owning dogs, consuming pecans a…

iPhone 5 Economics

Explaining the probable impact of the new Apple iPhone, one UPS employee recalled the impact of the last new iPad launch.  At its internal hubs, UPS created more work hours for part timers and enjoyed…

Speed Pricing

What does a price tell you? Assume that you were going to purchase a GE Advantium 120 microwave oven on Sunday, August 12. Comparing Sears, Best Buy and Amazon’s sellers at 3 a.m., you would hav…

Living Solo: Part 2

Soup and ready-made meals sales are soaring in Brazil. The reason is probably more singles. In the United Arab Emirates, if you are over 30 and female, there is a 60% chance you are unmarried. For Jap…

Sports Walks

Whenever I go to a Philly’s baseball game, the walk from the car to my seat takes awhile. Located in a “stand alone” sports complex off of Route 95, the stadium is one of several and…

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