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How much does a Game of Throne's dragon cost?

Posted by Dillon Ferguson on Jul 18, 2017 10:36:00 AM

Here’s a question I would like to propose... How much is a dragon worth?

My guess, $9.75 BILLION!

This past Sunday I woke up with the biggest smile on my face. After months of trading theories with friends and watching trailers on YouTube, the new season of Game of Thrones was finally here. I prepared myself by buying a plethora of junk food and watching old episodes.

And I can say with some certainty that I’m not the only one that did this.

With a number of potential wars on the horizon, I started to wonder how much of an advantage Khaleesi's dragons are. I mean she basically has air support when no one else does, which got me thinking, how much are her dragons worth?

Since we live in a free-market society and generally something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it, I had to figure out how much a dragon would sell for. Of course Game of Thrones dragons aren’t real (unfortunately) so the most similar living thing I could find was the cost of a Komodo dragon, which, if you’re curious will cost you around $30,000 - not counting the hefty fines you’ll end up paying if caught with one.

Since Komodo dragons can’t fly or spit fire I had to find something a little more comparable. This article talks about how the dragons in season 7 are about the size of a Boeing 747. We’re getting close but again, a 747 doesn’t have the destructive capabilities or our beloved dragons.

So what’s the closest thing?

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Game, Set, Tax!

Posted by Donna Abbey on Jul 5, 2017 10:41:20 AM

Monday saw the first round of Wimbledon get off to a dazzling start with the favorites, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, cruising through their first matches. Steeped in tradition, Wimbledon is one of the most important Grand Slams for these tennis superstars. Although Fed is of course the undisputed grass court champion with 7 Wimbledon titles, 2 of Rafa’s 14 titles have been won on grass and he is always a threat to Fed - no matter the surface. They have one of the fiercest and longest-lasting rivalries in tennis history. 

Rafa’s on-court aggression is juxtaposed against his polite off-court demeanor and he has seldom appeared in the media for anything other than his grand slam records or huge guns. However, in the buildup to Wimbledon he mentioned that he has found it “increasingly difficult” to play in the Queen’s Club Championship, the London-based grass court tournament that is somewhat of a curtain-raiser to Wimbledon. By “difficult” he means financially - specifically referring to the tax laws in the United Kingdom for non-resident individual professional athletes.

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The Bitcoin Bubble - could Seinfeld help us?

Posted by Dillon Ferguson on Jun 30, 2017 12:48:22 PM

Those that know me well know that I’m a HUGE Seinfeld fan. In fact, I sometimes even imagine how my own day-to-day life would play out in an episode of Seinfeld. For instance, the other day my friend was telling me about how his current girlfriend uses way too many emojis in their text conversations and I immediately thought to myself: "Jerry would break up with a girl for this kind of thing!”.

I often watch reruns in my free time, a recent one being “The Opposite”, an episode in which George realizes that every decision he has ever made has turned out to be wrong and that his life is essentially the exact opposite of what it should be. Jerry tells him “if every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right”. This is when George starts to behave in the opposite way to how he normally would, to the point of telling a beautiful girl in the restaurant, “My name is George. I’m unemployed and I live with my parents”, which, to his surprise (and everyone else’s) actually works.

I was reminded of this episode as I read a newspaper article on the recent meteoric rise of Bitcoin. Now if you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know about Bitcoin, here’s an article that I think does a good job explaining it. Essentially, it’s a digital currency based on an underlying technology that has tremendous potential to be used for a number of different purposes.

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The Rise (and Fall) of First-Timers

Posted by Dillon Ferguson on Jun 21, 2017 5:53:42 PM


  • Why are there so many young first-time golf major winners?
  • A look at why the same generation that’s winning their first major championships, aren’t buying their first home


“People often say “there’s a first-time for everything”. Well, this past weekend was no different as Brooks Koepka won the 117th U.S. Open, a first for him. This makes Brooks the 7th consecutive first-time golf major champion.

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Old Guys and a Mom-to-be: Will these tennis greats ever retire?

Posted by Donna Abbey on Jun 7, 2017 10:53:14 AM

The French Open is in full swing and what a tournament it has been so far! Rafa has sailed through to the semis and yesterday we saw Djokovic knocked out by 6th seed Thiem. Today sees the second day of the Men’s Quarter Finals, which will decide the fate of both Murray and Wawrinka, and the Women’s Semi Finals are all set for tomorrow. Bring on a weekend of tennis!

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Is College Worth It? Maybe not...

Posted by Andres Garcia on Apr 5, 2017 10:34:51 AM

When I was 12 years old, my family moved to the states from Colombia (not Columbia.) Although I was super excited to move to the place where potentially this could happen, it was clear to my brothers and me that the main reason for my parents’ decision, was to provide us with the best higher education in the world. But is a college degree in the U.S. really worth the $100,000 - $250,000 investment? Generally, people would answer "yes" to this question. It must be... right? Here at Zoe we believe in questioning generalizations and try our best to develop our opinions using a data-centric approach. 

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How much is your college basketball team worth?

Posted by Andres Garcia on Mar 31, 2017 2:25:44 PM

College Basketball’s Most Valuable Programs

With the Final Four on the horizon, we at Zoe were interested to see just how influential the tournament can be on the valuation of the participating basketball programs. The annual study by Ryan Brewer, an assistant professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, analyzes each program’s revenues and expenses, with cash-flow adjustments and growth projections, to figure out the team’s market value.

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NBA player salaries - as crazy as you think?

Posted by Andres Garcia & Donna Abbey on Mar 23, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The first week of March Madness has come and gone, taking top contenders Villanova and Duke along with it. Although the defending champs were among the favorites to win the title, it was sadly not to be, and we enter the Sweet 16 with North Carolina, Kansas and Arizona now taking up those spots. Or could it be Gonzaga? Kentucky? Who knows which team will get to cut down the nets this year, but as we spend hours in front of our TVs or refreshing the scores on our phones, one small consolation has surely been the outstanding performance of the SG, Josh Hart. Josh, although perhaps not the most talented in one particular area, is considered to be one of the best players in college basketball. His ability to drive the basket and finish strong at the rim, whilst at the same time playing an integral role in defense, have put him in a strong position ahead of the NBA draft in June.
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