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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

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1:10p
When I first met you girl you didn't have no shoes

The Price Is Right did another round of ``Pay The Rent'' for its special Valentine's Day show. And it was special; as with the past few Valentine's Days, they had pairs of contestants for all the games, producing a slightly crowded Contestants Row and leaving me not really quite sure how they arrange the seating. I'd have tried looking but that would require me remembering that I was interested any of the many times there was a view on-screen.

This time around most of the small prizes were Valentine-related: a bag of Hershey Hearts; Foam Stickers in the shape of valentines; Mascara; Listerine pocket strips (I suppose useful for making yourself kissable); Chamomile tea (which is not ordinarily a threat to your health); and a pack of Valentine's Day paper plates. The contestants didn't win; while they got to the second level all right, they crashed and burned going to the third.

And no wonder, though: the price range was vicious. The Hearts were $3.69; the foam stickers $6.99; the mascara $7.99; the Listerine $1.89; the tea $3.49; and the paper plates $5.70. The contestants put the paper plates at the bottom ($5.70); the stickers and Listerine on the second row ($8.88); the hearts and tea on the third ($7.18); and the mascara on top ($7.99).

But this was almost unwinnable anyway, if you were going for the grand prize. The only winning path I can find is to put the stickers ($6.99) at the base; the hearts and tea on the first level ($7.18); the Listerine and paper plates on the second ($7.59); and the mascara up top ($7.99). That's such a tight range that I wonder if it wouldn't be easier if they simply beat with a stick contestants trying for the $100,000 Grand Prize. Wow.

Trivia: Joseph Priestly mentioned his discovery of seltzer water at a dinner with the Duke of Northumberland in early 1772, suggesting that it might have some use in the Royal Navy's fight against scurvy. (It had none.) Source: The Invention Of Air: A Story Of Science, Revolution, And The Birth Of America, Steven Johnson.

Currently Reading: Centennial Philadelphia, Richard R Nicolai.

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