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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Thought patterns between the sexes: 1 vs. 100

By Samson
I caught an old episode of 1 vs. 100 on the Gameshow Network this morning, which happened to be the first one where a person won the grand prize of $1 million. If you're not familiar, a person answers a variety of multiple choice questions, racking up dollars as they get them correct. The amount of money they get is based on how many in the 100 person "mob" got it wrong. Like Who Wants to be a Millionaire, they get a few lifelines to lean on also. Unlike millionaire, if you lose you go home with zero. There are no benchmarks, if you choose to keep playing and get the next question wrong, whoever in the mob hasn't been knocked out splits your would-be winnings.

Anyway, the episode I saw today was "Battle of the Sexes," so it was a guy going up against a 100 woman mob. The guy played with more guts than I would have, and had made it up to $250,000, making guesses along the way instead of burning his final lifeline. With about 20+ women in the mob left to take out, the question and answer that won the guy his million told a lot about how men and women think.

The question was; According to Hallmark, which holiday has the most card purchases? The options were A. Christmas, B. Mother's Day and C. Valentine's Day.

The guy chose Christmas. With Christmas being such a popular holiday, the guy had no clue this would be his million dollar question. The producers must have tipped off Bob Saget (the host), because he decided to show him how many people in the mob got the question wrong BEFORE letting him know whether he got the question right or not. They usually don't show this until the person gets it right, but in this case, ALL of the remaining women had gotten the question wrong, so this would decide whether he goes home a millionaire or as broke as he was coming in.

After some suspense, it was revealed that the guy was right, and some 20+ female mob members had chosen either Mother's Day or Valentine's Day. Hmmm, so what does this tell us? A man chose Christmas, the most popular holiday that men, women and children benefit from. A large group of women chose Mother's Day and Valentine's Day, both holidays that are female oriented.

I could have seen any of those answers being right, but because this episode was split into man vs. women, it was really apparent that the way they thought either won or cost them a million dollars. Since Christmas is a wildly popular holiday, it surprised me that out of some 30 women, not a single one of them thought to choose it. The guy even looked nervous and said he wasn't confident because he realized that the only possible way he could win is if out of 30 people, NOBODY picked Christmas. But just his luck, it was a very subtle gender oriented question, so he walked away rich.

Food for thought. There are tons of scenarios where the way males and females think come into play, but this example stood out to me almost like a case study. Interesting stuff.


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