The newest episode of This American Life is on the game of Blackjack. Years ago one summer, I was a recent college graduate with a degree in engineering and a minor in statistics, making seven bucks and some change an hour and waiting for grad school to start. My idle mind grew obsessed with card counting. It didn’t work out so well, but needless to say I found this episode fascinating.
This American Life on Blackjack
Life expectancy changes
The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.