I have a list of 15 people. Each person has between 1 and 3 entries in a lottery, for a total of 35 entries. I need to select 9 people from the list of 15--nobody can win more than once.
What is the most transparent, most random, most low-tech way I can do this? [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl
on Sep 18, 2013 -
Knowledge-based hope is much needed. Since my first plea
-- which helped a lot, really, this month of May has been sorrowful for Maria João and for me. A metastatic brain tumor (around 3 cms) was detected and removed. Gamma-knife surgery is next.
Tomorrow starts the search for other cancerous tumors in her body. We both feel, against all odds, that we will be lucky.
But what should we do? What should we hope for? Statistics are againsts us but we love each other truly.
Two months ago we found a beautiful house to move into. We could move in come July, after all the tests are made.
What should we do? What should our attitude be? Should we move or stay put? Should we change country? Should we prepare to die? Or live as much as we still can?
Desperate questions need realistic answers. We're fighting for our lives here. Please tell us, knowingly, how to behave.
For what it's worth - usually nothing - I think this time we'll be lucky enough to survive. Whatever happens.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on May 15, 2012 -
Is the number 6 lucky in Chinese culture?
I am confused.
I read Numbers in Chinese culture
and it is not conclusive. It can be both.
So when is the number lucky and when is it unlucky?
posted by rsol44
on Feb 21, 2012 -
Simple Mefi, simple! I just want to buy a replica of the Orin from the 80's fantasy film The Neverending Story. I'd like a nice one, but at this point.... [more inside]
posted by Bageena
on Aug 12, 2009 -
What are some not-to-be-missed events, activities, bars, and traditions in Chicago for St. Patrick's Day? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith
on Mar 8, 2008 -
What are some less superstitious-sounding alternatives to the phrase "Good Luck"? [more inside]
posted by finite
on Nov 28, 2007 -
Can anyone steer me to an image of a Chinese character suitable for expressing "Good Luck!" (as in, good luck on your exams)?
posted by Wolfdog
on Nov 30, 2005 -
I gave my girlfriend's grandmother a set of kitchen knives as a gift. She told my girlfriend I needed to give her a penny as well, for good luck. I remember when I was a kid, my dad would give me pocket knives, but ask that I give him a penny in return (he used to say something like, "You can't give or trade someone for a knife. You have to sell it to them." I can understand the selling part, except why would I have to give my girlfriend's grandmother a penny as well? Anyone know the origin of this tradition? Or is it a superstition?
posted by robbie01
on Jan 23, 2005 -