The weight/age/month of birth game.

Sunday, September 28, 2003 10:05 PM
Who else here can walk right up with confidence knowing you will win a prize from this game?

Everytime my daughter is with me, I know that I can guarantee a prize for her when doing this game. It may be $5(at least at SFGAm), but when you know a stuffed animal will be in the hands of your child, its money well spent.

I always tell the game operator to guess my weight. They scan me over, scan me over again, and again, and again, and finally they write down on their notepad what they think I weigh.

Now they tell me to step onto the weight scale. Everytime they are nowhere near my weight. Being 6ft 2 in. tall with relatively thin arms and legs fools them everytime. I weigh 245 lbs. but they come back with guesses between 210-230 lbs.

Anyone else here able to fool the employees on this game with 100% prize winning results?

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Monday, September 29, 2003 12:04 AM
I played it once about 13 years ago at Kennywood and I won on the weight option. So I guess that means I've won 100% of the time. :-)
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Monday, September 29, 2003 4:32 AM
You pay $40 to enter the park, plus $8 or more to park your car, and God only knows how much to feed your family and you think you got over on them by paying $5 for a nickles worth of stuffed animal? Just messing with you sorry. Anyway yea this is a pretty easy game especially for kids because I think they want you to leave this one happy. Several years ago an operator guessed high on my son. Problem was my son weighs a lot more than he looks and the guy was very close. My son also considers this game an automatic win but he came close to losing this time.


Monday, September 29, 2003 4:33 AM
I used to be a guesser years ago. If you are going to play, go with the birthday. We look like ages or weights but nobody looks like a month. (However, if you happen to be celebrating your birthday while at the park, don't go up with a big group of people. That is a huge giveaway).

Keep in mind, if you win you still lose. None of those prizes costs more than the amount you are spending to play the game. Sometimes I would lose on purpose just to get more people to play.

Age is easier than weight for women. Weight is easier than age for men. Don't put your kids up there for age or weight. It is too easy for the guesser and disappointing for the kid when they lose.

I actually got slapped once for guessing a woman to be older than she actually was.

Monday, September 29, 2003 4:35 AM
I have never played either but I could probably fool somebody on the age thing. Generally people assume I am younger than what I actually am. ;-)


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Monday, September 29, 2003 5:24 AM
Ditto the age thing. I even whupped the guy at the state fair this year.

But it's much more fun just having younger women guess...especially the 28 year-old Asian girl who thought I was too young for her. It never gets old--much unlike yours truly.


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Monday, September 29, 2003 5:48 AM
To me the birth month guess would be the easiest, by far. I mean, there's 12 months in the year, they get either the month they guess plus two months on either side. That's 5/12 right off the bat. Add in the fact that more people are born in September (weird, huh?), and you've got almost 1 50-50 shot.

As far as the age thing is concerned, that was more fun when I looked younger...;). Of course *I* would be VERY uncomfortable guessing women's ages/weights...

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Monday, September 29, 2003 6:16 AM
I am STILL getting carded everywhere I go, but then again, I hardly look 21, let alone my age.

I play these at CP every time I go. I make sure to hit right around the time I'm leaving. When I was skinnier, I did the weight/age. I have yet for one of the guessers to gues smy age. As far as weight goes, I can generally get them with that too. I remember a number of years back I was guessed at 180, and tipped the scales at a "hefty" 140.
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Monday, September 29, 2003 6:32 AM
The prizes may be cheap, but the smile on your kids face is worth a lot more than $5.

At many parks the games are a separate concession. The money goes to a contractor not directly to the park. So the guy at the booth and his boss don't care how much you paid to get in. They get nothing out of your admission.

Monday, September 29, 2003 6:41 AM

rollergator said:
Add in the fact that more people are born in September (weird, huh?), and you've got almost 1 50-50 shot.

Well, when you figure out what people are doing 9 months before (in the cold winter) maybe it isn't so weird. ;) Apparently, there's always a rash of births 9 mos after big power outages.

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Monday, September 29, 2003 6:42 AM
To Continue Bill's example on the birth month, if an operator -who knew the September statistic was to continually pick September for all of my family members birthdays, he would win over half of the time...10 out of 16 members

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Monday, September 29, 2003 6:44 AM
I was best at guessing weights. You see so many people day in and day out that it becomes second nature to think, "there is a 145 lb body".

For women, the eyes give away the age. Sorry ladies! I would make the ladies take off their sunglasses before I guessed.

rollergator is right about the month. The guesser has a 5 in 12 shot of getting it right but the age and weight are similar. If I could get the right -"ies" like twenties, thirties, forties, etc then I had a 50-50 chance of getting it right. If you are 37 I could guess 35, 36, 37, 38 or 39 and get you.

Monday, September 29, 2003 7:45 AM

rollergator said:
Add in the fact that more people are born in September (weird, huh?), and you've got almost 1 50-50 shot.

What else do people do on New Year's Eve?

I, too, have great success with the weight thing. I weighed 245 in April (not any more by the way -200 today) and people used to guess 190-210 ALL the time.

I suppose I won't be playing that way any more because now I actually look like what I weigh.


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Monday, September 29, 2003 8:04 AM
I have not yet lost when I ask them to guess my age...even if they see my eyes. Considering they guess consistently 8-10 years younger than I am, it's always a good bet I'll walk away with something for my $5. Not that I need more stuffed toys at my age (49). I generally give them away.

I was carded until I was 35. It's all in the genes. My mom is 72 and people still say she looks more like 62.

I recall years ago (back when it was only a $1) hitting every guessing game at CP just so I could get a set of CP glasses. And I always had them guess my age.

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Monday, September 29, 2003 9:29 AM
Up at CP, I always win. I can tell what number they are writing on the notepad, also I look at least like 25ish.

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Monday, September 29, 2003 9:40 AM
I think the thing to remember here is that most parks actually want you to win this one.

It's a high profile game that makes people take a look. Even at parks like Kennywood that have strict rules about games workers calling out to get customers, at the Guess Your Weight game, there's still a mic, and it still draws people to watch.

There's no trick, really. The prizes cost less than you're paying to play. The more people that win, the more money the park makes. People are happy because they won, and the park is happy because they made someone happy while still making a profit.

The people working there really aren't trying that hard. ;)

Monday, September 29, 2003 10:43 AM
I have NEVER lost the 'Guess Your Age' game. I think the closest anyone got was within 4 years, and their guess is always less than my actual age, never more.

I'll agree that the people working the game aren't trying too hard. It's not like they care if you lie to them, either. The scale is at least some sort of proof-of-weight, but they never ask for a license or anything showing your date of birth. So while it's fun to win, it's never truly satisfying, unless you tell the employee your real age and he or she looks at you like you're full of it. ;)

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Monday, September 29, 2003 10:56 AM
Perhaps I should switch from the mallet game and the bowling ball game.

Then again, I kinda like smacking the target. I win most of the time. It's all about smacking the mallet's head parallel to the target. The bowling game is easy, just concentrate, and after a few rolls, you'll be in the "zone". Cleaned out Kings Island after several rides on the Beast even.

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Monday, September 29, 2003 12:24 PM
Nah, I just stick to the "skill" games, like the break plate game. Those things are ridiculously easy. People seem to think that you have to rare back and hit em with a Nolan Ryan Express, but it's more like darts. Just aim and the plates will break.

I just hate that prizes end up something $#!++y like a freakin' Care Bear!

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Monday, September 29, 2003 12:53 PM
a man-child friend of mine, who was 16 at the time, had them guess his age. They guessed 22.

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