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Win free beers by taking advantage of their bad judgment!
This week, we've got 2 probability scams, and one outright cheat to win you free beers:
Unless you're a mathematician or a casino owner, odds are that you really, really suck at understanding probability. Which is good, since that means you can take advantage of your friends (who are just as mathematically dumb as you are!)
Shuffle a deck of cards, and pull out any three cards. ¬†What are the odds that one will be a face card (jack, queen or king)? ¬†Common sense says there are 12 face cards vs 40 non-face card, so the odds must be something like 12 to 40... which is completely wrong. ¬†True odds are 6 to 5 favoring the face cards.
Pull out 6 cards: 2 queens and 4 non-queens. Mix 'em up and pull out 2 cards. What are the odds one is a queen? Common sense says there are 2 queens out of 6 cards, so the odds must be around 1 in 3... true odds are 6 to 4 in favor of getting a queen!*
*NOTE: All statistics are being reported by a drunken jackass" -Brian Brushwood
If you're a mathematician who knows better... set us straight!
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11 days ago
Try to fool your friends with these SWEET dice tricks: http://t.co/zOM5K5Ahua
25 days ago
3 simple scams to score free drinks using forks & spoons! @shwood shows you how it's done: http://t.co/BCkRS7WDOc
about a month ago
New episode of Scam School out! This time we give you real-life skills to become a memory GENIUS: http://t.co/Bbcn514V7Y
about a month ago
Whoa: today is the 5-year anniversary of the launch of @ScamSchool! It's been 265 episodes and we're still growing... Can't believe it.
about a month ago
This week's Scam School is really, really, really cool: http://t.co/0QbUPWagrD
3 months ago
This mind-reading effect is very likely the single cleverest thing I've ever created, bar none: http://t.co/ghK9p4fRT7