Can you guess the most popular Hey story this year?

December 13, 2012

From John Roskam

After the 1,038,382 individual Hey…What did I miss? emails we’ve sent since the beginning of the year to the 22,946 of you who receive it, we can tell you the hits and the misses for 2012.

The most popular single story was:

followed by:

Here’s the three things you had absolutely no interest in:

And here’s my personal favourite, it’s from Boris Johnson of course.

And of course it wouldn’t be Hey without something dangerous and something stupid from England. The dangerous is this from Tuesday this week. The stupid was this from Monday.

This is the last Hey for 2012. We’re back in January. Have a nice Christmas.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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Collingwood supporters beware

December 6, 2012

From James Paterson

The IPA’s Tim Wilson is in Doha, Qatar as one of the only free-marketeers observing the latest round of global climate talks. Before he left, he wrote this piece for The Australian on why Australia is totally out of step with the rest of the world on climate change.

But as they say, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words – check out this photo Tim sent through of the size of the Australian delegation! And with 17,000 people at the conference, it’s a shame to see so few people turning up to a presentation by the Gillard government’s representative, Mark Dreyfus. (Tim says half of the 52-strong audience are Australian).

I think this is probably the craziest Nanny State story I’ve read this year. It’s from the UK (of course). And it involves chocolate pudding.

But is it as silly as the Australian Human Rights Commission suggesting we need to advertise cyber safety messages offline, because older people…don’t use the internet? Or perhaps it is as silly as saying you’ve been discriminated against because someone refused to cut your hair. (This is a very funny article from Canada’s National Post on the scandal).

Nothing can top this though: a three month jail sentence for…shouting at the soccer.

Lots of Hey readers will no doubt be looking forward to The Hobbit. But you should be grateful it was made in New Zealand and not Australia, as this great article from Bloomberg yesterday explains.

Last week we told you to look forward to the International Year of the Quinoa in 2013. Catallaxy Files suggests an alternative resolution for the UN to pass, and uncovers a disturbing link between UN symbolic observances and climate change.

Finally, here is a great long read from the November issue of Standpoint – if you really want to ‘Make Poverty History’ then it’s time to cut foreign aid.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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