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Run-on Sentence Summary

A series of articles from Pricenomics, an economics blog, converted into a book about weird behaviors of our society, such as how nobody can tell the differences between cheap and expensive wine.

Impressions

This kind of book is pure candy to a natural skeptic like me. It is full of great conversation topics if you want to feel like you are smarter than everybody else. During lunch with your coworkers, you can just lay down, “Did you know that the diamond industry is controlled by a giant global cartel that has been artificially inflating prices for decades, and the whole notion of diamond wedding rings was invented as a marketing ploy?” Or, “Did you know that baby seal clubbing isn’t all that unethical or bad for the environment compared to things like factory farming, and its notoriety was actually just due to evil PETA exploiting seals’ cuteness to gain publicity, all the while destroying the livelihood of Inuit societies?”

I have a boner just thinking about how smart and informed I’ll be. Kidding aside, the information was interesting but as you can tell, I felt like at the end I didn’t care all that much.

Final Thoughts

Don’t get too worked up about it, but this is a fun and interesting bathroom-type book.

Favorite Quote

“In 2011, during a debate over the nutritional guidelines for school lunches, Congress decided that pizza counted as a vegetable. And not for the first time.”