The guys at TRC Productions bring a different format for episode 273 and deliver a jammed packed episode! Darren starts things off with 3 short updates on Krokodil, his thoughts on an article about Effective Altruism and a recent tragedy involving homeopathy. Pat then recounts a recent story about some skeptical activism related to aspartame that he was involved in. Next, Elan examines whether American football teams are maximizing their chances to win when they punt on 4th down. Adam finishes off the show buy answering the question of whether or not your friends have more friends than you do.
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Krokodil hype: Is toxic ‘flesh-eating’ street drug in Canada?
Effective Altruism vs. Charity Navigator
The Reality Check #58: Alternative Style Auctions + Interview with Tim Farley + Flamingo Colour Myth
The Reality Check #151: Aspartame + Cryotherapy + Dentist Suicides
Punting on 4th down
Grantland – The Coach Who Never Punts
NY Times – A New Study on Fourth Downs: Go for It
David Romer Paper – DO FIRMS MAXIMIZE? EVIDENCE FROM PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL
SB Nation – Conventional Wisdom be Damned: The Math Behind Pulaski Academy’s Offense
The “Friendship Paradox” … @UberFacts
Why Your Friends Have More Friends Than You Do – Psychology Today
Friendship Paradox – Wikipedia
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Regarding aspartame, this Huffington Post article is worth a read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robbie-gennet/donald-rumsfeld-and-the-s_b_805581.html