The Freakonomics blog raised a question today that will resonate with many newspaper employees: why do adults deliver so many newspapers? They didn't know, and threw it out to their readers ... the comments are revealing. From my experience with newspapers, a few notes come to mind: kids still make good carriers (and are often good ambassadors for a paper), but adults are often preferable - particularly for quality control. Put simply, adults get the job done, particularly in areas with sparse density or with delivery times that don't fit with schedules. Adolescents deliver the Telegram and the Independent to my door; before the Express was tucked into the Tely, it was delivered by adults. I'm not sure why this is so, but I'll put it down to the heavy load given to each carrier, and the necessity to have the giveaway paper distributed across the city and at once.