Sex & Jokes: The Great (and Free!) Recession Stress Relievers

You might think that a financial crisis and a dreary, prolonged economic downturn might be a total bummer. People wouldn’t find much of anything funny, and they wouldn’t exactly be in the mood for other kinds of fun, either. Actually, it appears the opposite is true: In tough times, people seek out releases more than ever—and what are …

Another Victory for the Florida Marlins—and the Cheapskate

My very amateurish work as a statistician turned out to be pretty on the money, if I do say so. A few weeks ago, at the Major League Baseball All-Star Break, I took a look at which teams paid proportionally the least—and the most—for their wins. Seeing as cheapskates are always concerned with value and wise spending, the idea was to …

Why Isn’t Your Roof White Already?

Studies are showing that most—but not all–Americans should be following U.S. Secretary of Energy Steve Chu’s recommendation that people paint their roofs white. On hot days, it’s 20 percent or more cheaper to air-condition a house with a white roof rather than a traditional charcoal-colored asphalt roof. It’s another simple solution …

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