austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Selling atonal apples, amplified heat, and Pressed Rat's collection of dog legs and feet

It's been another month, so I get to fill in my regular The Price Is Right report, surely my least-anticipated essays of any month. The 40th Anniversary celebrations were toned down this month, but there was still some time for freak events. Well, one, at least: a contestant did her first Showcase Showdown spin with nobody realizing the cameras weren't on, so she just started with 85 cents and we trusted that really happened. The Showcase Showdown also had its first double-overbid, last Wednesday, and then its second the day after that, which is pretty densely packed considering there were only six double-overbids last season. Anyway, the standings of who won the Showcase Showdown:

First Second Third
Month 13 14 11
Season 21 19 18

Really, the third spinners are going to have to improve pretty quickly if this is supposed to add up to anything besides a uniformly random distribution.

The tally of lowest winning spins dropped a little bit for the tied win (against no overspins) and the untied win (against no or one overspin); not at all for the untied win against two overspins, and the other cases haven't come up yet this season.

No Overspins One Overspin Two Overspins
Solo Win 65 50 65
Tied Win 85 - -
Triple Tie - - -

This doesn't get out to covering the Halloween show, but I was amused to see that Let's Make A Deal made another of its flirtations with playing The Monty Hall Problem. It didn't, of course, but for a moment it looked ready to.

Trivia: The Babylonian Zodiac sign corresponding to the Latin Aquarius was unknown (to us, at least). Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, EG Richards.

Currently Reading: Tunnel In The Sky, Robert Heinlein. Maybe you have to read this when you're twelve. (Maybe you have to read all Heinlein when you're twelve.) It is kind of nice to see a right-winger arguing that government is anything other than a concoction of the big mean poopyheads to ruin everything, but Late Heinlein's tendency to have a character stake out a philosophical point and declare that it is proven by the imaginary back-science to be correct so stop questioning real authority is here too.


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