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9-21-2011 @ 9:39PM
I won one of the prize packages in the Blizzard/SteelSeries anniversary contest a few weeks ago. Maybe lightning will strike twice for me this year...
9-21-2011 @ 9:43PM
And, I was just perusing the official rules, and I found this little gem:"If a Canadian citizen wins a prize they will be required to answer, unaided, a mathematical skill-testing question."lolwhut?
9-21-2011 @ 9:57PM
LOL. I saw that too. Any Canadians here willing to comment on 'why' they must go through such testing?
9-21-2011 @ 10:27PM
Metric system, duh.
9-21-2011 @ 10:52PM
So I ended up searching for an answer to this.... I found:Canadians Use a Different Method to Avoid Illegal LotteriesCanadian sweepstakes law, unlike American law, requires that the third component, "winners are chosen by luck," is removed. Sponsors cannot use pure luck to determine who wins a sweepstake. There must be at least some element of skill involved.In order remove the element of pure chance, sponsors narrow the field of potential winners by requiring a skill testing question to enter their contests. Every entrant does not have the same chance to win; only those who at least pass the skill testing question are eligible to win prizes. Of course, this is only a technicality. Most people can pass the skill testing questions without difficulty, although sponsors are required to make the test somewhat challenging.What Constitutes a Skill-Testing Question?The courts have agreed that a four-part mathematical test such as "155 plus 33 divided by 2 minus 12" is enough to qualify as a skill-testing question.
9-21-2011 @ 10:55PM
Thanks, Molly. That's rather interesting.
9-22-2011 @ 12:48AM
Molly, that is just the surface story.The real reason is that many Canadians are actually mathematical geniuses. The general scientific community will submit a few mathematical questions, one being the mathematical answer to the Unified Theory that we still hope to find to solve the relationship between the strong and weak forces of physics. In 2006 a twelve year old girl from Calgary nearly solved the Unified Theory, but alas that day she was introduced to beer. If there is one thing that Canadians do better than math, it's drink beer. And once they go down that path they will always find the shortest path to the next brew.One day though, the Canadian government is going to get a few of those mathematical answers and they'll hold it over the worlds head and politely gloat - with a microbrew in the other hand.
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