The Hidden Power of Butter

I came across a very interesting case study about Norway. In summary, there was a direct correlation between two seemingly unrelated factors: the price of butter & Norway’s population growth rate. Due to the expansion of trade, the demand of their butter increased, and because the supply could not keep up with the demand, naturally, the price of this commodity increased.

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An important lesson (from Toilet Paper)

During August 2011, I moved to Beijing. The transition was difficult, no doubt about that. I’m going to highlight a very specific issue I experienced during that transition – don’t worry, I won’t go into too much detail.

During my first week at university, I was extremely irritated by the fact that every time I went to the bathroom there wasn’t any toilet paper! This really bothered me. How could a university not provide toilet paper? As students we pay a large tuition fee, and in return, we should be provided with these basic (and cheap) goods. However, the Chinese students don’t expect to get free toilet paper, so they come prepared. I made sure the bathroom never cause me off-guard again. I armed myself with a small roll of tissues which I kept in my bag. Let’s take a look at exactly what happened…

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