Like I need an ego boost.
But, one of this week's hot items in the blogosphers is The Estimation Quiz. It's sort of a test of your knowledge of inexact trivia - you may not know how high the Eiffel Tower is, but perhaps you can come up with a more reasonable answer than others.
I got a 62!
I feel good because Chis Betram (author of Crooked Timber and the post with comments entitled Estimation) got a 39, and Daniel Drezner got a 40 (see his post entitled "I'm 1% certain that I'm 1% smarter than Chris Bertram").
So, what was I wildly off on? The height of the Eiffel Tower, the number of stars in the galaxy, the number of gas stations in Britain, the number of plastic shopping bags used in Australia every year, the stipend an asylum seeker gets from the British government, and the takeoff weight of a 747 (that one hurt the hardest because my point estimate nailed it, but my confidence interval was very wide).
No one has ever said I don't have a head full of useless trivia. Now I just gotta get on Jeopardy.