Tuesday, October 26, 2004

What the Hell Do Kids Know?

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Do you remember when you were a kid and did the Weekly Reader presidential vote? Apparently since 1956 they have accurately predicted the winner of the presidential election. I remember doing this in 1984. Well, when I voted I had no idea who Walter Mondale was. I only knew who Reagan was and that my parents were not voting for him, which as a kid, you generally model you parents. So, I voted against Reagan. And we all know who won. Both my class and all of the Weekly Readers had predicted that Reagan would win.

This year, Weekly Reader is predicting that Bush will win. Now, is there any other type of publication that has that type of accuracy record?

Maybe I should start my own poll. Who thinks that Weekly Reader will accurately predict this years election?

Also - do you think that 4 years ago Weekly Reader accurately predicted that Bush would become president because he received the majority of the electoral votes (271 vs. 266) and Gore recieved the majority of the general votes(48.38% vs. 47.87%)?

One other thing - did you know that write-in votes for president are not permitted. It says so on the bottom of this website: http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/2000presgeresults.htm


Kinky Phanie Gates said...

Well, lets hope the kids are wrong this time!

Cattiva said...

No no no....it's not the Weekly Reader, it's football. Here's what I got in an email this week:
Did you know that there is a 100% correlation between the Washington Redskins win/loss record and the outcome of the Presidential race?

Here's the story: For the past 60 years, if the Redskins win their last home game prior to election day, the party in power stays in power. Conversely, if they lose the game, the incumbent party is on the street.

Here are the stats:
1932: Boston Braves 7, Chicago Bears 7: Roosevelt defeats Hoover
1936: Boston Redskins 13, Chicago Cardinals 10: Roosevelt defeats Landon
1940: Washington Redskins 37, Pittsburgh 10: Roosevelt defeats Willkie
1944: Redskins 42, Chi-Pitt 20: Roosevelt defeats Dewey
1948: Redskins 51, Boston Yanks 21: Truman defeats Dewey
1952: Pittsburgh 24, Redskins 23: Eisenhower defeats Stevenson
1956: Redskins 17, Chicago Cardinals 14: Eisenhower defeats Stevenson
1960: Cleveland 31, Redskins 10: Kennedy defeats Nixon
1964: Redskins 21, Philadelphia 10: Johnson defeats Goldwater
1968: Minnesota 27, Redskins 13: Nixon defeats Humphrey
1972: Redskins 35, New York Jets 17: Nixon defeats McGovern
1976: Dallas 20, Redskins 7: Carter defeats Ford
1980: Minnesota 39, Redskins 14: Reagan defeats Carter
1984: Redskins 27, Atlanta 14: Reagan defeats Mondale
1988: Redskins 27, New Orleans 24: Bush defeats Dukakis
1992: New York Giants 24, Redskins 7: Clinton defeats Bush
1996: Redskins 31, Indianapolis 16: Clinton defeats Dole
2000: Tennessee 27, Redskins 21: Bush defeats Gore

Forget about depressions, forget about wars, forget about sex scandals, forget about the Electoral College. All you need to do is watch one football game every four years. This year the fate of the free world will be riding on the Redskins versus the Green Bay Packers on Halloween night.

Lame Shrill Owl said...


Since I am originally from WI, I will be rooting for the Packers.....and coincidently I am voting for Kerry.....Interesting....