Just finished up The Norm Chronicles after reading a stellar review in The Economist (my typical morning read, if you follow). Which of the following is most dangerous in statistical terms: Skydiving, a typical week of MDMA (ecstasy) use, or running a marathon? (Hint: Pheidippides died doing the first one.) What are the actual odds of being killed by a frozen corpse falling from the sky? What number wins the UK Lottery more often than any other, and why?

This book is not only smart, thoughtful, and thought provoking, it’s also wry, snarky, and gut-bustingly funny. If only to catch up on your London slang, it’s well worth the dosh.

(Wonderfully horrid image up top via Reddit)

Author

Adam O'Hern is an industrial designer, designing products ranging from laptops to power tools, classroom toys to bathroom fixtures, and pro audio gear to guitar tuners. In 2008 he founded cadjunkie.com, and in 2010 co-founded EvD Media with Josh Mings of SolidSmack.com, and the two collaborate on the EngineerVsDesigner.com podcast.