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08 November 2007 @ 03:48 pm
Math Is Hard....  
By way of grayhawkfh 's LJ:

Camelot pulls scratchcard amid numerical anarchy

Camelot has withdrawn its short-lived "Cool Cash" scratchcard after it required a higher than absolute zero grasp of how numbers work to understand it.

According to the Manchester Evening News, to qualify for a prize, punters had to "scratch away a window to reveal a temperature lower than the figure displayed on each card". Sadly, as the card had a decidedly wintery theme, this initially-shown figure was often below zero....

Among these was Levenshulme's Tina Farrel, a 23-year-old who admitted "she had left school without a maths GCSE". She explained: "On one of my cards it said I had to find temperatures lower than -8. The numbers I uncovered were -6 and -7 so I thought I had won, and so did the woman in the shop. But when she scanned the card the machine said I hadn't.

"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....
Current Mood: crazyboggled
thnidu: headbangthnidu on November 8th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Steve Brinich: My Brain Hurts (Leeroy Jenkins RIP)stevemb on November 9th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
Proof of the adage that lotteries are a fee for being bad at math, I suppose.
古崇賢, aka Brother Claymore of Perpetual Peacedcseain on November 9th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
I read about that, and think they should have marketed it as temperature-based, rather than purely number-based, because then people would have gotten it.
madfilkentist: ledgewoodhillsmadfilkentist on November 9th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
And this was in the UK, where they use Celsius so negative temperatures aren't even unusual.