One of the first questions that came up in the New Year was about traffic rules. Why do cars in some countries drive on the left and in others on the right side of the road?
Well, I knew that left-side driving was the older standard, going back to the Roman Empire. So the question was actually 'Why did most countries switch from left to right?'.
Fortunately, Wikipedia has the answer: "In the late 18th century, the shift from left to right that took place in countries such as the United States was based on teamsters’ use of large freight wagons pulled by several pairs of horses. The wagons had no driver's seat, so a postilion sat on the left rear horse and held his whip in his right hand. Seated on the left, the driver preferred that other wagons pass him on the left so that he could be sure to keep clear of the wheels of oncoming wagons. He did that by driving on the right side of the road."
One question was left over from the Old Year. How popular is Paul Krugman compared to other economists, e.g. Greg Mankiw? Unfortunately, I still don't have a good answer.
If I search for "Paul Krugman" on Google I get currently 2.2M hits. If I search for "Greg Mankiw" on Google I get 0.5M. This would suggest that P.K. is more popular by a factor of 4. (However, this is different by a more than a factor of 3 from what I saw just two days earlier, when it was 7.5M to 0.5M).
If I do the same search on bing.com I get only 700k for P.K. and 250k for G.M., suggesting a factor of 3 between the two.
So this would suggest that P.K. is more popular by a factor 3 - 4 than G.M.
However, if I use alexa.com to check the popularity of their blogs I get 441k sites linking to P.K. and only 3.6k linking to G.M. - which would suggest a difference by a factor of more than 100!
So I am afraid my project is already stuck in some nasty details on how to determine e.g. the popularity of economists...
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