Apple-Pie Game Theory
We recently presented you with a game-theory puzzle for Beauty and the Geek. Now here’s a real-life story concerning apple pie, a historical example that is admittedly not very complex, but still quite interesting. It’s via Jim Romenesko, citing an article on WBEZ.org:
Medill’s Peck Recalls Giving Pies to Chicago Police in 1968
Abe Peck, who was editor of the Chicago Seed underground paper in 1968, says his staff gave apple pies to police “to really try to say, hey, we’re not antagonistic. It was more than an olive branch. I mean we genuinely, and it all sounds very fragile and dafodilish now, but more than an olive branch I think it was a statement of principle on our part.” Peck, now a Medill professor emeritus-in-service, says the police were suspicious of what might be in the pies so they gave them to a Catholic charity.
Assuming the story is true, you have to wonder:
1. How badly did the police want to eat the pies?
2. Did they tell the charity where the pies came from?
3. Were the cops Catholic?
4. Did the pies actually get eaten by anyone, Catholic or otherwise?
I assume that if the answer to No. 4 is yes, nothing happened to them or we would have heard about it — nor would Peck be telling this funny story today.