In our classes, we’ve talked quite a bit about the global economy, questions of human rights, the importance of the textile industry to the Industrial Revolution, and how the world we live in got to look like this. Here is a fascinating series of short videos (read the short articles, too!) that links many of these themes together: NPR’s Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt
$80,000 a year in 1930
$21.8 million a year in 2014
Play around with this really interesting site to see how many different ways there are to compare prices over time.
When in the last 60 years has a gallon of gas been the most expensive?
Was a Model T more or less expensive than an average car today?
How does Babe Ruth’s salary compare with Jacoby Ellsbury’s deal?
Here is a really fascinating short article that brings some of Alexis de Tocqueville’s most famous observations into a discussion of high school sports. What would he have thought about sports at NYA, do you think?
Check out this short video about a high school football coach who revolutionized his team by… thinking stastically about tradeoffs at the margin. Can you spot the Econ ideas in here?
Imagine a flat, rigid map of the United States with a weight on it for each person in the country. If you wanted to balance that weighted map on a single point, where would that point be?
The Census Bureau has figured that out for each ten-year census since 1790. Check out this great animation of America’s shift in population since then.
Luther posts his 95 Theses at Wittenberg
You can find lots more cool Reformation Lego photos here.
Check out this cool video showing how the map of Europe has changed in the last 1000 years or so. It’s impossible to follow every little detail (and I wouldn’t swear to the accuracy of the year-by-year changes), but see if you can identity some broad patterns.
Here’s a video of that experiment we were talking about yesterday. Watch those kids squirm to earn an extra marshmallow! How would you do?
This isn’t where pencils come from.
Here are a bunch of cool facts about that miracle of the modern world – the pencil.
My favorite: “The mechanical pencil was patented in 1822. The company founded by its British developers prospered until 1941, when the factory was bombed, presumably by pencil-hating Nazis.”
Hat tip to Mr. Austin for the link.