Thursday, August 21, 2008

What Do US, Jamaica, Zimbabwe Have in Common?

Real Olympic Medal Count shows Olympic medals: a) per country (US is #1), b) per million inhabitants (Jamaica is #1), and c) per million dollars of GDP (Zimbabwe is #1).

Update: Results will change as new medals are awarded, results above were valid this morning about 9 a.m. ET, but have already changed - Jamaica is now ahead of Zimbabwe for medals per million dollars of GDP.

7 Comments:

At 8/21/2008 7:33 AM, Anonymous qt said...

Mark,

When I try this, Jamaica comes 1st and Zimbabwe, 2nd in medals per million dollars of GDP.

 
At 8/21/2008 8:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jamaica cleaned up in T&F last night. New rankings reflect update.

 
At 8/21/2008 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But the country with the 2nd highest corporate tax rate is still leading the overall medal count! What does that say?

Nothing, just like your post.

 
At 8/21/2008 8:50 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> c) per million dollars of GDP (Zimbabwe is #1).

Just give Zimbabwe time.

Their inflation will help them catch up... LOL.

> But the country with the 2nd highest corporate tax rate is still leading the overall medal count! What does that say?

Nothing, just like your post.


I dunno, looks like it dragged an idiot out of their hidey-hole, so there may be some utility in it.

Now if only we can figure out how to attach a penalty for stupidity, we'll have developed a great system for devaluing the stupidity gene...

:o9

.

 
At 8/22/2008 9:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OBloodyHell said: "I dunno, looks like it dragged an idiot out of their hidey-hole, so there may be some utility in it."

Gee, notice how you did not refute my point. WTF do Olympic medal counts per GDP have to do with anything? Should we somehow expect that countries with high GDP should do well in athletics?

What's the deal with always going immediately to the personal attack? I guess OBloodyHell is the ultimate arbiter of intelligence via blog-post-inference. Way to elevate the level of discourse and debate opinions other than your own with arguments rather than insults.

That aside, what point are you trying to make Prof.Perry?

 
At 8/22/2008 6:18 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> Gee, notice how you did not refute my point.

Well, it's hard to refute the point when it's on someone's head in the first place.

What, praytell, does this statement:
But the country with the 2nd highest corporate tax rate is still leading the overall medal count! What does that say?
have to do with the posted thread?

THAT opens you up to challenge right there.

If you're going to try and argue "well, what does medal count have to do with millions of dollars of GDP?", then let's give you another point, one which you can put in your head instead of on top of it:
It's a joke you pinhead.

The comparison is mostly, if not entirely, absurd.

But you didn't figure that out, because "humor, whut dat?" is apparently a foreign notion to you.

And, while you might have argued your first post WAS a joke in response to the original joke (unlikely in consideration of your closing line), your subsequent response makes it self-evident -- you never got the idea that it was a blatantly absurdist comparison.

My take: He felt like making a comment about something which had nothing to do with the typical subject of an economics blog... so decided to twist it into a joke as well by making it an "economic comparison". This might also have been intended to show that comparisons don't always make sense... which, of course, is the basis for your clueless final whine.


So yeah, the attack was personal -- I was poking fun at you for being too dense to see it... and you decided to respond by hammering that point on your head into the wall to show us how sharp it is...

"OOOooo, lookee that hole he made".

LOL.

:oD

P.S. Hey, try and get a name while you're getting a clue. The former is often a sign of the latter... even if it's "pinhead jones".

 
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