austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

I believe that everybody's a celebrity

With the start of May comes the chance for another report on how The Price Is Right is doing, contestant-wise, since for no really good reason I haven't just gotten an account on to share my record-keeping with the people who would long to see it. No matter. This report covers the period from Monday, the 31st of March, through to Friday, the 2nd of May, with no reruns or skipped days, for a change of pace.

First Second Third
Month 17 15 18
Season 91 98 99

So the third Showcase Showdown spinner crawls back into a statistically insignificant lead. If I'm reading the airdate schedule correctly they don't go into reruns until at least the 27th of June, which seems later than usual.

First Revealed Second Revealed Double Overbid
Month 13 10 2
All 67 59 15
Unforced Month 4 6 -
Unforced Season 16 44 -

And yet they're doing well at finding contestants who'll overbid in the Showcase. I haven't actually kept track of that, for some reason, but the number of times that at least one contestant overbids seems high, and the number of double overbids is almost depressing. Maybe not, since at 15 for the season that's maybe one every two weeks, but it still seems pretty large.

Trivia: Prior to 1784 the British tariff on tea was 120 percent of the landing price. After that it was reduced to 12.5 percent. Source: A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped The World, William J Bernstein.

Currently Reading: What Makes This Book So Great, Jo Walton.

PS: Reading the Comics, May 4, 2014: Summing the Series Edition, a roundup of mathematics comics that gives me an excuse to contrast John Von Neumann with whoever the kid is in Herb and Jamaal, though I didn't.

PPS: Underground Maps, and Making Your Own, which I failed to publicize a couple days ago, about a neat little site which lets you create London Underground-style maps for anything.


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