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Is it wrong to use a phone to prove you’re right?

April 20, 2013 in Culture, Quizzes

dictionary-com-appIt’s been a while since I’ve posted an ethical dilemma for you all to consider. It’s also been a while since we spoke about phones and their use at quizzes. Well, this post will unite those strands.

I was at a quiz last night and my team (table 9) ended up tied for the lead at the end of round 10. Cue tie-breaker. Both tables received a fresh answer sheet and were asked four new questions.

Here they are:

  1. Who played Red in The Shawshank Redemption?
  2. Name either of the robots in the Star Wars series of films
  3. Which geographic region is shared between Argentina and Chile?
  4. In what year’s Summer Olympics did Ben Johnson win the 100m before being banned?

As far as I knew, we had answered all four correctly when we handed up the sheet. We’d even written down the names of both robots. Our opponents (table 12) weren’t as quick as ourselves but, even so, looked confident when they submitted their answers.

After a quick check, the quizmistress announced “We have a winner.”, followed by “Table 9 have three [really?] and table 12 have two [no way!]”. However when she went through the questions she noticed that whilst table 12 had only gotten one of the robots, that’s all she’d asked for. So, another tie-break?

The thing is, Q3 (as phrased) has two correct answers. She was looking for Tierra del Fuego but we had answered the other one: Patagonia.

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