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Wednesday, March 3, 2010     Somebody pissed at Canada over Hockey wins?
(10:40 am)

I was reading the terms and conditions for a contest I was about to enter and I came across this paragraph:

If a potential winner is a Canadian resident, upon notification, the selected entrant, must, unaided, correctly answer a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question. In the event that a selected entrant is unable to answer the skill-testing question correctly, the Administrator shall have the right to disqualify said entrant and to randomly draw another eligible entry, and the Administrator shall be fully and completely released and discharged from any liability or responsibility in this regard.

My mind boggles. Does Canada require contest winners to be proficient at a certain level in Mathematics? Does the company giving away the prize have some sort of animosity toward Canadians? Does Canada require a skill component for all giveaways? I honestly don't know. And at what level is the mathematical skill-testing question? Would it be something like:

Give the definition of a Green's function for the Dirichlet boundary value problem for the Laplace-operator on an open bounded domain in Rn.

or perhaps something along the lines of:

If Jean-Paul scored one goal in the first period, two goals in the second period, and no goals in the third period, is this a true hat trick?

If anyone can enlighten me on this matter, please do. I may revise my plans to move to Canada depending on the answer. Free healthcare be damned if I have to solve partial differential equations on even a sometime basis.




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