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People Worse At Maths Than First Thought

Film at eleven.

A LOTTERY scratchcard has been withdrawn from sale by Camelot - because players couldn't understand it.
"I phoned Camelot and they fobbed me off with some story that -6 is higher — not lower — than -8 but I'm not having it."

I'm not as shocked by this as first thought. The only thing that the lottery proves is that a fuck of a lot of people have no grasp of basic probability. Of that depressingly large set of people, a subset have such a bad grip that buying scratchcards seems like a good idea. That this subset doesn't understand the very basic concept of negative numbers sounds perfectly reasonable. After all, these people purchase the Daily Star. Though they provide valuable services, they don't need to be numerate. These are the idiots who can't calculate change, who believe the till over the human being who can fucking count.

Fuckem. I'm hopped up on painkillers, so any point is long dead.

[via quercus]



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Nov. 6th, 2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
Know what's sad?

Before I clicked that link I thought "Heh, this has to be set in the US."
Nov. 6th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Coincidentally, I wonder how dumb those people have to feel once they read this article.
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