World War I Puzzler, Number A

The Puzzler

RAY: Well, it's just an example of how statistics can lie to people.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: And have people crying out, "I knew we shouldn't have been using those damn helmets."

TOM: Right. Get rid of those helmets!

RAY: And the reason is rather simple. Before the helmets, anyone that got hit with a piece of shrapnel and wearing a cloth helmet...

TOM: Did not have any injuries.

RAY: No. He was...

TOM: He was dead.

RAY: He was a goner. At least with the helmets, people got a chance to survive and become part of the statistic...

TOM: Of injury.

RAY: Of injuries, exactly.

TOM: Better to be a statistic injury statistic than not at all.

RAY: A death statistic.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: And that's exactly it.

TOM: Wow, man!

RAY: In fact, without the helmets, they had many more fatalities, and with the helmets, they had fewer fatalities, but more injuries.

TOM: And you don't think you're going to catch flak on this one?

RAY: Not me. Benjamin Schultz is going to take it, and I hope he shows up. That little note could...I thought we were going to hear from him, but now I know we're not going to hear from him. He's going to be out in Laramie, Wyoming.

TOM: Oh, he probably mailed a letter yesterday, because he heard the Puzzler...he heard his name mentioned last week, and sent a...and now he's at the post office trying to get the letter back.

RAY: Well, I thought it was pretty good. Otherwise, I wouldn't have used it.

TOM: I love it.

RAY: I'm with you, Ben. We'll take the heat together.

TOM: I love it because it's so obfuscated.

RAY: And twisted.

TOM: Yeah.

RAY: Yeah.

TOM: And we have a winner.

RAY: I'm sure.

TOM: The winner is Marilyn Murphy from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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