left right politics showbiz tech invest good life gossip fun hot
Mother Jones Hot Air Huffpo Variety Engadget Seeking Alpha Lifehacker TheSuperficial Daily Beast reddit
Daily Kos Michelle Malkin Politico Billboard Boing Boing TheBigPicture Luxist TMZ.com Fark BuzzFeed
ThinkProgress RightWingNews First Read CNN Showbiz Gizmodo FT Alphaville Joystiq Perez Hilton 4chan memorandum
Crooks+Liars Power Line CNN ticker E! Online Techcrunch Josh Brown Kotaku gamer Bastardly Post Secret Techmeme
TalkngPtsMemo Ameri..Thinker Swampland TV Guide Ars Technica 24/7 Wall St. TreeHugger Egotastic hascheezburgr Drudge
The Raw Story NewsBusters The Caucus Ent. News Mashable bloggingstocks Consumerist PinkIsTheNew dooce digg
Wonkette Wizbang fishbowlDC HlywdWiretap Google blog DealBook lifehack.org CelebrityBaby Someth'nAwful trends
Atrios Taki Magazine WashWhisprs DeadlnHllywd Read/Write Jeff Matthews 43folders GoFugYourself Neatorama PSFK
Firedoglake Big Hollywood The Fix MSN Ent. OReilly Radar PhilsStockWorld Autoblog Page Six Cool Hunter BBC
Young Turks IMAO Capital Gains Rot'nTomatoes GigaOM Daily Rec'ng Deadspin BestWeekEver stereogum Timespop
Americablog AceOfSpades Open Secrets Cinematical ProBlogger Zero Hedge DownloadSqd Dlisted CuteOverload media eye
Politicususa Redstate WikiLeaks law Cool Tools Bespoke MediaZone PopSugar Dilbert blog TVNewser
CounterPunch Jawa Report econ law.alltop Scobleizer BtwTheHedges Deviant ArtHollyw'dTuna gapingvoid BuzzMachine
TalkLeft Patterico EconLog Volokh Consp. Apple Blog Minyanville Gothamist x17online DailyGrail MediaGazer
Feministing Townhall.com Freakonomics Legal Insurrec.. Valleywag Fast Money Curbed DailyBlabber Prof. Hex Steve Rubel
PolitAnimal OutsideBeltwy CrookedTimbr Conglomerate mozillaZine RealClearMkts FabSugar Gawker OvrheardinNY MediaBlgNRO
Truthdig Moonbattery MarginalRevo SportsLawBlog Smashing W$J Mktbeat Gridskipper Radar Last.fm Threat Level
Alternet RealClearPoli crime W$J Law BlogTechdirt AbnormalRtrns Material Defamer kottke.org Seth's blog
Media Matters Instapundit CrimeblogsBalkinizationMAKE RandomRoger Sartorialist Jossip PumpkinChuckin mediamatters
The Nation Hugh Hewitt All Crime Credit Slips SrchEngLand Stock Advisors Drink'nMadeEasy Just Jared Maps Mania Newshounds
Maddow Blog PJ Media Smoking Gun FindLaw VentureBeat Slope of Hope Mark Cuban Celebitchy CollegeHumor FAIR

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

How to beat the Carneys at Carnival Games

Because we only fear nuclear war and carneys. We'll let you in on some secrets on how to strike back at these spawn of Satan. Here are a few strategies to beat some popular games at carnivals and fair midways.

Basketball Toss: Like the sign usually says: The hoop's aren't regulation. They often aren't even round, the cagey carneys bend them into ovals. The balls are also way over inflated so they'll catapult off the rim and backboard. The prizes are extra large, more than 36" tall.

Secret: Don't use the backboard or the rim. Go for a high arcing shot and get nothing but net.

Darts: The darts are dull and the balloons are soft so it's hard to pop them. The prizes are usually small.

Secret: Ask the operator to use his personnel set of darts or use the sharpest set at the booth. Don't aim at the middle of the board - that's where everyone tries to go. The middle balloons are easier, but the balloons around the edges are where the big prizes are hidden.

Shoot the Star Out: Simple game of using BB gun to shoot the red star out of the center of a white target. But you only get 200 BB's. Plus the gun sights are intentionally mis-aligned. This one of the hardest carnival games to win and it has the biggest stuffed animals.

Secret: First test fire a burst to see how much the sights are off. Then adjust your fire to try and carve out a circle around the star. Don't try blasting out the star's center. Finally, the carney will sometimes try and cheat you because there's often a judgment call on whether the star is completely removed.

Basket Toss: The baseball bounces right off the flexible bottom of the slightly tilted wooden peach baskets. Usually three balls for a dollar with a medium prize being offered.

Secret: Toss the ball like it's an egg - softly - using a slight underspin. Additionally, lean over the counter as far as they'll let you.

Dime Toss: The layout of the dishes and glasses is designed to fool customers into tossing the dimes sideways, as if skipping rocks on a pond. The prizes are "Simpsons" collectible beer mugs and crystal cake platters.

Secret: Toss the dimes high and directly into your target dish or plate.

Frog Launch: this is a newer game where the players use miniature catapults to toss rubber frogs onto rotating lily pads. The prizes are large stuffed animals - some frogs of course.

Secret: Most people mistakenly hit the catapult softly and aim for the closest lily pad. Take the exact opposite approach. Launch the frog as high as possible without regard for the lily pads. The key is to position the frog on the catapult with his legs folded under its stomach - as it might look in real life.

Good Luck!

Calculated Risk

MishTalk - Mike Shedlock

Paul Krugman - NY Times

The Big Picture - Barry Ritholtz

naked capitalism - Yves Smith

Pragmatic Capitalism

Washington's Blog

Safe Haven

Paper Economy

The Daily Reckoning - Australia