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Are there any theories out there as to why sales in Halloween masks are a good prediction of the outcome of a presidential election?

Asked by jcs007 (1762points) September 12th, 2008

These sales figures have been right ever since 1980. I mean, that’s a better record than most fortune tellers. While they don’t accurately predict the percentage of votes, the fact that they actually coincide with the outcome is…. MIND BLOWING!!!

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Les's avatar

Well, maybe there is a connection between the number of George W. Bush masks sold and the number of Democratic votes. I mean, there ain’t nothing scarier that a GW at your door. shudder

gailcalled's avatar

here it comes:-)

AstroChuck's avatar

Just the theory that people are stupid enough to accept that something that has absolutely nothing to do with the election is somehow given media coverage (heard this same thing on NPR) and is treated as if it’s something of a valid determiner.
Wow! More accurate than psychic predictions! Must be valid then.

skfinkel's avatar

I am appalled at the level of junk we are hearing while the real ideas for what we need to make an informed decision about a very important election seem to have taken a back seat—all in the name of I presume keeping us tuned in, waiting for little morsels of something to talk about. Please. If this doesn’t feel like playing the violin (is that what it was?) while Rome burned, I don’t know what does.

JackAdams's avatar

People will more-than-likely purchase a Halloween mask of someone they like, rather than of someone they hate. So, in a very real way, Halloween mask purchases can in fact be a harbinger of what is to come.

Les's avatar

@jack: Not true. My cousin dressed up as an IRS agent one year, and his trick or treat bag was a briefcase. Not too many people are fans of IRS agents.

JackAdams's avatar

Their relatives and friends can be.

I have an uncle in Burlington, Iowa, who is a retired IRS agent, and he’s one of my favorite uncles, and about one of the nicest guys you could ever meet.

We would all just make sure to agree not to discuss our earnings around him, at family reunions.

Actually, he was never invited to any family reunions, now that I stop and think about it.

Anyway, an agent isn’t a political candidate, right?

cheebdragon's avatar

It’s going to be the SCREAM guy, I just know it!

JackAdams's avatar

Are you referring to the one in Scary Movie?

cheebdragon's avatar

Yeah, the one from Scream.

banzu's avatar

Maybe the masks are a big influence on the votes of the people. :P

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