APRIL 1, 2002
A BEARTOWN MYSTERY
Beartown Constable went to work at his office one evening when there was
a power outage. He got out two candles of identical length and lit
them. He knew one would burn for 4 hours and the other for 5
Check the next issue of Beartown News for the answer.
FROM LAST MONTH
Last election four candidates ran for the 3 year selectman seat. Farmer Brown - Republican, Bruin DeBear - Share-the-Wealth, Jane Dough - Down-with-Everything, John Dough - Democrat. 1,648 votes were cast by Beartown residents. Farmer Brown received a plurality of 8 over Bruin DeBear, 76 over Jane Dough, and 184 over John Dough. How many votes did each candidate get? (What is the difference between a plurality and a majority?)
The Beartown Constable, Chairman of the Board of Civil Authority, figured out the results immediately without the use of a pencil and paper. CAN YOU???
The definition question:
A plurality is the margin over the
remainder of the total votes cast. If, say, there are 1,000 votes cast
and A receives 600, B 300, and C 100, A is
elected by a plurality of 300 over B and 500 over C; his
majority is 200, the difference between his 600 and the 400 received by
the other candidates. In usual practice the plurality over C
would not be mentioned, the plurality over the nearest rival being the
only one stated.
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