A while ago I expressed annoyance about the jellybean challenge associated with James Surowiecki’s Wisdom of Crowds. Now, months later, they still haven’t announced a winner like they said they would do on August 16. My guess is that the results didn’t show what they wanted, and the contest had already served its purpose as a publicity stunt, so why mess it up by publishing a result that undermines the book’s thesis?

Go ahead, Random House. Prove me wrong.