The Freakonomics Guys + Google = Lots of happy, happy geeks

Freakogooglonomical.jpg The Freakonomics Steves – of bestselling book, NYT mag column, and adorable toes – visited Google and guest-blogged about it on the Google Blog, which incidentally is an interesting combination of words which can theoretically serve as adjective-noun, noun-noun, or verb-verb. Fun with grammar! The Steves (aka Dubner and Levitt) seemed to have fun, enjoying the Googly hospitality and even Googlier toilets. Some interesting tidbits to be gleaned from their post:

  • Freakonomics might be turned into a board game
  • If you invite the Steves to something a few weeks away, invariably they will commit to attending
  • They might not, however, be on time
  • The Steves can tell a fancy yurt from an average run-of-the-mill yurt
  • The Googlers can tell a fancy talk from an average run-of-the-mill talk, and came out in droves (doubling the Yahoo! turnout)
  • Google headquarters sounds very, very creepy: rows and rows and rows of Googlers all reading their company-issued copy of Freakonomics like hymnals, all wearing Google-issue t-shirts, all all perky and upbeat and “so damn happy” (reminding us of a certain Nicole Kidman movie), and patrolled by “roaming dogs” (purportedly “friendly” – until you strip off your Google-approved clothing and make a mad dash for it). Their Google-approved host was named “Hunter,” for God’s sake. And what, exactly, was in that yurt?
  • Nation/Village Voice/New York etc. contributor Anya Kamenetz is the Steves’ model for TV aplomb, and also the kind of woman you want your baby to grow into (well, your baby girl)(well, Steve D’s baby girl)
  • We’re old enough to catch the Steve’s Sally Field reference (and yes, we really do like you, and your toes)
  • We photoshopped the above graphic ourselves, and are inordinately proud of it.

In other Freakonomics news, the authors think we should be worried about avian flu, want to sell us mugs and t-shirts, and trade stock tips with Michael Milken. They also miss a golden opportunity to call this post “Ten Thousand Spoons When All You Need Is A (Plastic) Knife.” That actually is ironic, I think.

Update: Anya Kamentez’s take.

Update: Apparently the Steves’ next project is to number-crunch their way to a better understanding of Poker via hand histories. That might have sounded interesting, before we became obsessed with yurts.