You might have heard about the book Freakonomics, but did you know that the same folks produce a weekly podcast? Listen to these two episodes, for example, for a taste of economics meets quirk:
There's Cake in the Breakroom! "If you think working from home offers too many distractions, just think about what happens at the office."
Is America Ready for a "No-Lose Lottery"? "For the most part, Americans don't like the simple, boring act of putting money in a savings account. We do, however, love to play the lottery. So what if you combined the two, creating a new kind of savings account with a lottery payout?"