The Coney Island Crab Cake Company
RAY: Here's how you do it. The first guy takes his salary and to it adds some number that he plucks out of the air. Let's say his salary is 500 bucks a week. He adds 8000 to it. He turns to the guy next to him and whispers, "8500," in his ear.
Now that guy doesn't know anything. He doesn't know what part of that number is the first guy's salary and what part of it is the made up number. He then adds his salary to that 8500 and whispers it to the next guy.
RAY: This goes down the line. Finally the seventh guy has this huge number and he adds his salary to it. And then he whispers the number back to the first guy. Guy number one then subtracts the 8000 that he had added, divides by seven (number of people in the room), and hence the average salary, and nobody knows nothing, and nobody gets hurt. And so we have a winner?
TOM: Very good! You bet we do have a winner. The winner is Allen Womack from Kushada, Louisiana. Congratulations Allen!
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