Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Driving Into the Sun

I have a theory that people who live on the East coast will, on average, have slightly more vision problems than people on the west coast.

The theory is that most cities are along the coastline, and most people drive in to the city in the morning and then drive home in the evening. On the East coast, this means that at many times during the year you will be driving directly into the sun in the morning and evening. The opposite holds true for the west coast -- they would generally never be driving into the sun unless they live west of where they work (which would be the exception more than the rule).

The only slight issue with the theory is that I have found cities like Los Angeles to have a downtown area that is more distributed than cities like Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Maybe the Freakonomics guys can look into this for their next book.


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