The Crapschmidt Conundrum: A Mathematically Trivial Woot-Off

by Sam Kemmis

Mathematics is a game played according to certain rules with meaningless marks on paper.
- David Hilbert

‚ÄčDo not worry about your difficulties in mathematics, I assure you that mine are greater.
- Albert Einstein

Professor Basil P. Crapschmidt is on the verge of an intellectual breakthrough. After years of painstaking study, he has determined that the universe can be explained by the numbers found in random bits of trivia. His only problem: He can't do math.

Help this visionary but arithmetically challenged scholar complete his Master Equation and you shall be crappily rewarded! Don't worry, you don't need more than a calculator and a lot of free time to play the game.

Here's how it works:

  • Throughout the Woot-Off this Tuesday and Wednesday, Professor Crapschmidt's clues will appear along with new products on www.Woot.com
  • Clues are formatted like this: (Ounces in a cup) * (Cups in a gallon) /offers/XXXXXXX  . If you can't see the full URL, check the blog
  • Solve the equation in the first part of the clue (8 ounces in a cup times 16 cups in a gallon = 128) and tack it on to the end of the provided URL for a chance to buy our world-famous, totally worthless Bag o' Crap. 
  • In this example above, the full solution is: http://www.woot.com/offers/XXXXXXXXX128
  • Even if the crappy prize is in your shopping cart, you need to check out before somebody snags it from underneath you, so:
  • HAVE YOUR PAYMENT INFO LOADED, AND CHECK OUT AS FAST AS YOU CAN
 

Is it a little complicated? Maybe. Is it a total waste of your precious time? Definitely. But humanity's intellectual future hangs in the balance. 

We'll be updating this blog post to answer common questions and deal with our inevitable boo-boos, so check back from time to time. 

SOME ALREADY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: 

How many B.O.C.s are attached to each clue? 
2

Does the B.O.C. disappear when the product sells out? 
Nope, it sticks around until folks find it. 

I don't like math
Sorry. Luckily you don't need to do much of it to succeed at this game.  

UPDATEZ: 

6/17, 1 AM
WHEEEEEeeeeeee here we go. We didn't anticipate the URL getting cut off in the description, so here's a tip: Check it in the BLOG entry for the item, and you should see the whole thing.