Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The results are in!

You'll have to forgive me a bit for dragging my feet on determining a winner to the free lunch contest. The past few weeks have been a bit hectic, and just as I went to finish this off, my laptop died. For me that's a kick in the junk the size of which you wouldn't believe.

Just like last year, we'll take a look at the guesses before we get to the answer:

$41.38 - Exzavier
$65.87 - Anna
$68.43 - Servant
$83.17 - Dave
$87.53 - Ghedoicy
$95.96 - TR
$104.00 - Matt
$110.50 - Liang
$111.38 - Motz
$111.69 - Nikki
$122.12 - Miranda
$136.00 - Jo
$141.67 - Adam
$152.37 - Jesse
$158.00 - Megan
$169.69 - Beadle
$191.43 - Rose
$202.00 - Andrew
$212.00 - Stacy

And the grand total was....

Just like I predicted, a cute girl who is in to short nerds won it all. Everyone congratulate Adam on his win. I'll get with you later on how we manage to get you a free lunch from 5600 miles away(That's 9100 Kilometers for you Adam).


  1. If you did Price is Right rules, I'd have won.

  2. Somehow I knew you'd bring that up.

  3. and the great thing is, we all won! no, thats not true. I won, and it feels great. but hey maybe we can do up some mexican food next time im stateside. next year I'm gonna guess this fucker within 10 cents. for those interested, here is exactly how I won: first I calculated the cumulative volume of the missing NXT robot pieces and found an equivalent coin value based upon an average pressing distribution of coinage by the US Mint between 1995 and 2009 (which is the time-span within which most of the jarred coins are likely to have been minted). Then, I made a 1.13% error correction based on the volume of the coke can (which I had to import, I might add, because EU cans are based on liters not ounces). Finally, I subtracted my own secret value known as the AOv.1 (Adam Odgers variable 1). AOv.1 is re-calculated annually by me and a small team of MIT graduate students, and is basically an error correction made for the possibility of foreign currency in jesse's jar. The real secret to the win lies in the accuracy of AOv.1. Next year, I'm bringing in an 8-year-old calculus prodigy from Beijing, so look out. And yes, the costs of running my AOv.1 lab at MIT far outweigh the price of the lunch. I'm just in it to win it. See ya next year!