As part of our attempt to bring up our children to be bilingual, we all mostly watched German TV when the children were young. One particularly good programme was (and is) the entertaining and informative “Die Sendung mit der Maus”. I learned something new every week from that programme!
This evening we watched some of a spin-off evening quiz programme Frag doch mal die Maus! (Currently available at http://www.wdrmaus.de/maus_wall/frag_doch_mal_die_maus.php5?detail=080420162015 ) The questions are quite interesting and fun.
At one point the teams had to estimate the number of blades of grass (main stem only) on a football field. I won’t reveal the “official” answer they suggested, but I will say that the two teams’ estimates differed by a factor just over 40. But how should you judge the winner here? In this case, the lower answer was “closer” numerically, but not of the correct order of magnitude, while the other answer was of the correct order of magnitude, but further from the official answer numerically. I thought that answer was better, but I think the other answer took the points.
(Would it be better to take logs?)