The media is lying to us. If you love this country, please read until the end. Then decide what to do about it.

Media outlets that supported Trump in 2016 have hidden the truth and outright lied for the last 4 years. They knew that if they were honest, they…


Over the past several years, there have been countless articles written evaluating our society and politics, but none that I’ve read have answered a central question I have: why did we get a Presidency like Donald Trump’s, so radically different from any previous Presidency, at this specific moment in time…


After a long holiday break, I’m back with the first installment of the sleep survey analysis. Folks had very strong opinions. Two respondents literally wrote “Sleep is the best” in the comments, which made me think of the person who wrote “Bread is the best” in the comments of the…


For those of you struggling with last-minute holiday gifts for your little rapscallions, I’m resurrecting my series on better versions of classic board games, this time focusing on those for kids. Fair warning: most of these are one notch more complex than the older games I’m dissing and dismissing, but…


After a long hiatus, I’m back with another Odd Survey analysis, this time on turns of phrase. I asked folks what their first interpretation was of four different common English phrases. Not surprisingly, the results varied significantly by region but not age and gender. For each phrase, I’ll chart out…


It’s October 16, and we all know what that means! Happy…

  • National Liqueur Day
  • Department Store Day
  • Hagfish Day
  • National Dictionary Day

There’s clearly a lot to celebrate! Unfortunately, I didn’t survey people on any of those holidays. But I do have demographic results for lots of others. In case…


Many of you who know me know that I think about “return on investment” (ROI) constantly about everything. ROI is focused both on the outcome and what it took to get it. Just yesterday I had a friend tell me I should go to national parks because they’re beautiful (high…


Last week I shared some aggregate results from our bread survey. This week I’m diving into some of the demographic differences in bread preferences. But before I get to that, quick teaser that I just released the second Odd Survey, this one on holidays.

OK, first things first, I sheepishly…


Welcome to the first Odd Survey blog, where I do overly elaborate analysis of mundane, impractical topics that I personally find interesting! First up: bread preferences. I received 179 responses, which I dutifully analyzed.[1] This post contains aggregate analysis. Next week I’ll dive into some of the demographic differences.

But…


And we’re back with the latest installment in my continuing series on better alternatives to popular games. We’ve already covered abstract strategy games (Yahtzee, Dominoes, Scrabble, Cribbage, and Uno) and themed strategy games (Risk, Clue, Monopoly, Stratego, and Chess). …

Richard Gurley

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