I just finished reading an article about the ways carnival games are set up. Of course, I’ve always understood that these games are rigged but I never really understood how they’re rigged. I was expecting to be wowed by the technical end of things but I was wowed more so by the psychological end.

It’s difficult to pop an underinflated balloon with a dull dart. It’s difficult to shoot an overinflated basketball into an undersized oval hoop. It’s difficult to know over lead-weighted bottles with a softball that’s much lighter than regulation. Sure, it’s technically possible to win but the odds are not in our…