Christopher tm Herdt (cherdt) wrote,
Christopher tm Herdt

Freakonomics 2.0

While well_lahdidah and I were stuck in the airport for about 4 hours yesterday, I noticed that there is a revised edition of Freakonomics: Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. As you may recall, I took issue with the authors citing a well-known urban legend as fact (see Lemonjello).

I immediately flipped it open and scanned through the chapter on baby names. The reference to the twins "Lemonjello" and "Orangejello" is gone! Unfortunately, they left in the mention of a girl named Shithead (pronounced, supposedly, shuh-TEED), but at least had the decency to put in footnote directing readers to the end notes, where they admit that the source was an anonymous caller on a radio call-in show and that the caller could have been misinformed.

The authors mention on the Freakonomics Blog that, among other things, the new edition corrects some mistakes. I was glad to see that they removed Lemonjello and Orangejello. I have no idea if the message I sent the authors about it had any influence over their decision, but either way I feel vindicated.
Tags: books, lemonjello

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