Things That Make You Go Hmmm... , October 2012

The Price Is… Wrong

October 23, 2012

In a recent edition of Things That Make You Go Hmmm....., I wrote about the real-life game of Jeopardy that the world is—or rather, the political leaders of the world are—playing, and during my trip this past week to Sydney, during which I gave a speech at the Mines & Money conference, I got to thinking about another gameshow of my youth that seems to have made something of a comeback.

As a kid, my Saturday nights used to echo to the cry of "Come On Dowwwwn!" squawked by Britain's answer to...

Things I Don’t Understand

October 8, 2012

The longer this all goes on, the weirder it gets.

If the technology existed that allowed us to reanimate financiers as well as statesmen and politicians of days gone by (today we are blessed with none of the former and an abundant surplus of the latter), it is hard to estimate just what they would make of the current state of the world. Actually, that's not strictly true. I think we can safely assume to know what their reaction would be, just perhaps not the extent of their abject horror at...


October 1, 2012

Julann Griffin is hardly a household name. However, her husband, Merv, most certainly is.

Griffin, a talk show host, actor and musician, was also the host of a game show called "Play Your Hunch"—a role that he enjoyed for four years in the late '50s/early '60s. During one famous episode of the show (which, like most shows of the era, was broadcast live) Johnny Carson's predecessor as host of The Tonight Show, Jack Parr, somehow accidentally wandered onto the set. Griffin pigeonholed the...