November 29, 2008

Dopey Philly Daily News Letter of the Week

Philly's Walt Berg asks some "persnickety questions:"

HOW COME when a hurricane hits, it only takes three days for gas prices to rise? But it takes several years for prices to go down with new drilling?

Let's see, Walt ... maybe because the damage from a hurricane to oil rigs is immediate and will thus have an immediate impact on gas prices? Whereas when it comes to new [oil] drilling, companies have to research where to drill, and then construct a rig or drilling platform to get that oil. This takes years, hence the price effect of this new incoming oil takes ... years.

How come nowadays a lot of men and women don't want to get married to each other, but a lot of men want to marry men, and a lot of women want to marry women?

Maybe because most of the latter can't legally do so and ... want to?

Why is it that gas stations charge an extra 9/10ths of a cent a gallon? What's wrong 5/10ths, or no 10ths?

It's a tried and true marketing gimmick, Walt. It's akin to some supermarket item being priced at "$6.99." Why not just make it an even "$7.00?" Because your mind sees that "6" first and determines that there's a "big" difference between "6" and "7." Even though there really isn't. So when the gas price says "$1.85 and 9/10ths," think "$1.86," natch.

Posted by Hube at November 29, 2008 10:58 AM | TrackBack

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