Thursday, February 22, 2007

Various Stuff

1) In today's New York Times there is an article about Korean men using brokers to find wives in countries such as Vietnam. The same thing is happening in India and other Asian countries. One factor is the rising social status of women in Asia which has made them more discriminating, but another is the preference for male children and China's one child policy. Asian and Indian men thus face a smaller pool of women from which to choose a mate. It's amazing the kinds of innovations entrepreneurs come up with to compensate for misguided social preferences (in favor of male children) and wrong headed government policies (the one child policy).

My questions is if you attain a wife through a broker, do you get some sort of money back guarantee?

2) There's a good discussion over at EconLog about the fact that lots of people truly hate school. This is just as obvious for those of us looking at college students as those of you looking at primary and secondary school students. Maybe one day the educational system as a whole will start to shift to a more efficient structure that is more technical and skill based in nature and is responsive to consumer desires, but I'm not holding my breath.

3) Maybe my favorite Homer Simpson quote of all time:
"Son, a woman is a lot like...a refrigerator! They're about 6 feet tall, 300 pounds. They make ice, wait a minute! A woman is more like a beer."

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