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The winners of ‘The Social Experiment’: Sharon Wu and Abril Dozal (UPDATED)


The preternaturally conversational Wu and Dozal, both CC ’13, tied for first after collecting 145 passwords. Names of finalists, lists of prizes, plans for winnings, and more pictures after the jump via reporter Michael Zhong.

Standings (with number of passwords entered):
1. Sharon Wu (145)
2. Abril Dozal (145)
3. Ian Kwok, representing The Socialist Experiment (108)
4. Jonathan Orea (106)
5. Ivan Duschatzky (88)
6. Elisabeth Fabila (86)
7. Tim Qin (78)
8. (unknown) (47)
9. Jeremy Martin (46)

Prizes:
The first-place split meant $250 for each person. Third place brought a $30 Apple gift card, while fourth and fifth meant one for $20, sixth got one for $10, and seventh-tenth got the $5 version.

Plans:
Wu and Dozal intend to buy a cake for the friends who helped them. Wu said she’ll then spend the rest of hers on sorority dues, while Dozal will buy a plane ticket home.

How did they do it?
According to Wu and Dozal, they didn’t really start playing until 15 minutes before the end of the first day. After that, though, they got 51 passwords on the second day, 41 on the third, and another 15 on the last day. They also sent mass texts and utilized a network of friends not actively competing to amass passwords for one day and also those following. Direct quote from Dozal: “I made friends in elevators.” And the final password they entered? “Obituary.” Indeed—for everyone else. Other passwords: broccoli, paralyzed, backpack, horseback, regard, supersede, pighead, armistice, lettuce, godsend, bathrobe, quirky.

Third place, of course, tried the socialist method, mostly as seniors in a suite in EC. They eked out third with some help from Bwog, they said. Fourth-place finisher Orea had his roommate send a mass text at 12:01, and then talked mostly with his friends (he estimated 10 percent of his passwords came from actual conversations with strangers. Sixth-place finisher Fabila works for Public Safety, and so put up a sign while at the Wallach front desk with the message “How are you today,” which was itself a prompt. Qin, who finished seventh, used his Facebook status. (Those finishing in fifth, seventh, eighth, and tenth weren’t in attendance.)

Evidently, the Social Experiment was inspired originally by Assassins—the hope was that it would have the opposite effect. Instead of running away from one another, everyone would come together. Time will tell whether it succeeded. For now, more pictures below—check back later for lists of passwords and other goodies.

Sharon Wu, left, and Abril Dozal.

All photos by Michael Zhong

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COMMENTS (19)

  1. Wow • November 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm • Reply

    this is kinda sad… But props to them for sticking with it.

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  2. can we now admit • November 20, 2010 at 5:04 pm • Reply

    that was the stupidest shit ever

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    • Anonymous • November 20, 2010 at 10:30 pm • Reply

      jealous you didn’t win?

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  3. Anonymous • November 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm • Reply

    Yay for a incompetently programmed website that exposed passwords! Yay!

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  4. Anonymous • November 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm • Reply

    I’d give them my password.

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  5. sharon wu • November 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm • Reply

    is very sexy.

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    • Anonymous • November 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm • Reply

      damn ya she is!

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  6. Anonymous • November 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm • Reply

    That has got to be the lamest fake check ever.

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  7. pbth • November 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm • Reply

    split prize = lamesauce

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  8. call me crazy • November 20, 2010 at 6:17 pm • Reply

    but this game actually seemed pretty cool

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  9. anom • November 20, 2010 at 6:24 pm • Reply

    Lack of foresight on the part of the first two winners.

    If one of them inputted one password less than the other person, they could have gotten $530 to split instead of $500.

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    • phil • November 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm • Reply

      this

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    • Anonymous • November 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm • Reply

      that would have been selfish.

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  10. the entire • November 20, 2010 at 6:57 pm • Reply

    top 7, except the kwok guy, was completely bought. abril and her roommate gave passwords to whomever htey wanted.

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    • um • November 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm • Reply

      wasn’t that the point?

      unless the top two had some secret inside knowledge, possibly gained from hacking the site…

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      • Anonymous • November 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm •

        Ha they definitely don’t look like the kind of people who know how to hack a site

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  11. statistics • November 21, 2010 at 4:08 am • Reply

    humans are more willing to have a conversation with an attractive female, regardless of their gender

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