As the first sentence of tonight's contest proclaimed, appearances can be very deceiving. And this box was quite deceiving. The variables in every experiment are dictated by the controls. For this contest, we wanted to play fair - kind of. The scale was not altered or Photoshopped. The images were not doctored, other than to make them look a little prettier. So what happened?
The images were taken at a specific angle, and a specific distance. The pictures were taken from afar, which prevented you from seeing that the scale registered not 7 pounds - but 7 ounces. The scale only goes up to one pound before the pin swivels clockwise and starts again. But why did it say 7 ounces? It wasn't because two (3.5 oz) decks were in that box. It was because eight decks were hidden, stacked, under the box - outside of the box - outside of the camera's view from above. The 7 ounce weight was that of the 8 hidden decks - and the weight of the box - which caused the scale to go haywire.
And the box full of cards? Not so much. Inside the box was another box that occupied 90% of it's interior, leaving just a small space at the top for a few cards - glued to the top of the inner box - to be shown. So how many cards were actually in the box? Tonight's real answer was - you guessed it - one full deck, including Jokers and ad cards - 56 cards. The prize tonight goes to MitchellStafiej, who was the first (but not the only) to post the correct number on page 4 of this forum thread.
All around, great work by all. Many of you thought outside the box (no pun intended) to figure this one out, and many of you were very close. Congratulations, and see attached picture for a visual of what went down. Until next week... _