How Much Does Your Name Matter? The Quantitative and Qualitative Research

One of the stories Freakonomics is best known for is their research into whether your name has any positive or negative impact on your economic destiny, particularly if you had a rare name, or name associated with cultures discriminated against widely. The study was focused on African-Americans, as heard in the podcast below from some time back.

 

Data, though, doesn’t always tell the full story. In fact, it doesn’t tell anybody’s story, just a group’s outcomes. Freakonomics recently followed up this story with one where Dr. Marijuana Pepsi Vandyck successfully defended a PhD about what it’s like for African-Americans with almost unique names to go through life, to get the personal stories of real people and see if their names really mattered in their lives. Have a listen to hear how the stories differ from the data, even if they may end up in the same outcome, and why the how makes a huge difference!

What Should We Call a “Corkage” Fee for Weed / Pot / Marijuana?

In some restaurants, you can bring your own wine, but they will likely charge you a corkage or corking fee for it, probably for these reasons.

As marijuana is becoming legal in more places, there’ll be edibles with pot in it. Some of those products will have weed simply added to them, like a spice or flavouring. With quality of pot being rather varied, as much as prices, it won’t be long before many will want to inquire about bringing their own marijuana to restaurants.

If things worked with pot like with wine, restaurants will want to charge something equivalent to a corkage fee for wine.

But what will they call it?

Potting fee? Weeding fee? Rolling fee?

Got any good ideas to suggest?

Whatever the name, though, let’s just hope the fee won’t be too high! 😉

[Thanks to a colleague for the idea from which I made this post]

Revolutionary Drug Policy Ideas for 4/20

For 4/20, I’d like to propose some revolutionary drug policies that might be revolutionary enough you’d think I was high or something. Alas, I hate to disappoint you, but getting high doesn’t produce this kind of revolutionary thinking. Besides, reality is by far the best drug around and it’s my drug of choice. But have a read and see what you think.

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