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Bad Math [Jan. 6th, 2004|11:57 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

If a chicken pot pie has 20% more chicken, and you eat two, how is that 40% more chicken?

Relative to eating two normal pot pies, or eating just one normal pot pie?

So it's either still 20% more chicken (relative to two normal ones), or it's 140% more chicken (relative to one small).


[User Picture]From: hellarad
2004-01-07 08:08 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: harrywells
2004-01-07 08:09 am (UTC)
What store is that from?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-01-07 08:12 am (UTC)
Dunno. Stole it from found_objects.
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[User Picture]From: dpb
2004-01-07 08:38 pm (UTC)
It has the yellow sale stickers, so I am thinking maybe Safeway, or maybe one of other stores that is owned by the same company as Safeway?!
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[User Picture]From: harrywells
2004-01-07 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wasn't sure... doesn't Albertson's also have yellow sale stickers?
Then again, it could be any store... haha
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From: divine_purity
2004-01-12 07:52 am (UTC)
It's Krogers. I work there, we have that same stupid sign
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[User Picture]From: mobley
2004-01-07 08:14 am (UTC)
i'm a math idiot and even i know
that that's some bullshit there.
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[User Picture]From: elfy
2004-01-07 02:18 pm (UTC)
100% right.
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[User Picture]From: teffdogg
2004-01-07 04:20 pm (UTC)
As if there was any chicken in Banquet's "chicken" pot pie to start with...

More like "we had to do something with it now that we're not allowed to feed the undesirable parts of the cows back to the cows" pot pie.
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From: bostonhawker
2004-01-07 04:47 pm (UTC)

Good point ...

chicken pie sales are probably up 40% thanks to that sign. What it should say:


LJ looks awesome. btw !!!
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2004-01-07 05:30 pm (UTC)
one person not very good at math is fine but think of the chain of people that went thru to make it all the way to the public...are we all just sheep or what?
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[User Picture]From: bostonsteamer
2004-01-07 06:10 pm (UTC)
perhaps they knew it was wrong from the beginning and figured 99% of shoppers wouldn't think twice about it.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2004-01-07 06:25 pm (UTC)
Stop it, you are making me wonder if I would have even thought twice!!
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[User Picture]From: hawk
2004-01-07 06:15 pm (UTC)
Well, I guess you could argue that you're getting 40% of a single pot pie 'for free' if you buy two pot pies. Bit of a stretch, though. I guess "Eat TWO, and that's...um...20% more chicken still!" didn't seem likely to sell extra pot pies.
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[User Picture]From: hfx_ben
2004-01-07 07:02 pm (UTC)
Brad, Brad, Brad ... ya gotta think like a user, right?

Remember, over 60% of folkz believe we found WMDs in Iraq.
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[User Picture]From: nick
2004-01-07 08:43 pm (UTC)
I look at that and think... mmmm... pot pie...
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[User Picture]From: koehlerk
2004-01-07 09:26 pm (UTC)
It Reminds me of another marketing scheme that has lasted years and years.

That damn x dollars and 99 cents. Or the $12,999 idea when buying a car.

"oh look," says the dumb sorority girl looking for a honda civic, "that car is only 12 thousand bucks! I think I'll buy it."

Its amazing what companies will do to make a buck. I used to work at Jerry's Home Improvement in Eugene. When the first winter storm hit we sold out of rock salt and de-icer. However, we had a ton of ammonium sulfate fertilizer. When I first got hired they said, "we cant sell any chemical product for anything other than its intended use printed on the package."

Then the winter storms hit and then they say,
"Well whatdda know, ammonium sulfate melts ice! Lets put all the pallets out and sell it for de-icing and neglect to tell the customers that if they put too much on, it will etch their concrete and then run into the storm drains killing fish as it goes."

All in the name of serving customers needs (reads: making a good buck)
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From: ex_shu_shu
2004-01-08 12:41 am (UTC)
And this is why you became a computer-programmer.
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[User Picture]From: chatty
2004-01-08 01:42 am (UTC)
It's advertising math. It doesn't need to make sense, only look good.
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[User Picture]From: naisidis
2004-01-08 11:25 pm (UTC)
I am amused that you are all so surprised by this stupidity.. The world is full of stupid people.
Here is another example:
About 8 months ago a Virginia State police officer noticed that the decal of his police car read: "VIRGINA STATE POLICE".
This decal had been on every state police car in Virginia for 8 months.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-01-08 11:44 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! :)
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[User Picture]From: isshmgeethere
2004-01-14 06:05 pm (UTC)
I think what they mean to say is
Eat two and that's 100% delicious.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-01-14 06:06 pm (UTC)
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