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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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statistics posted on

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

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Anonymous posted on

that would have been selfish.

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Anonymous posted on

damn ya she is!

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Anonymous posted on

jealous you didn't win?

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Anonymous posted on

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

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um posted on

wasn't that the point?

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

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the entire posted on

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

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pbth posted on

split prize = lamesauce

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call me crazy posted on

but this game actually seemed pretty cool

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anom posted on

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 posted on

this

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sharon wu posted on

is very sexy.

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Anonymous posted on

That has got to be the lamest fake check ever.

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Anonymous posted on

I'd give them my password.

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Anonymous posted on

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

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can we now admit posted on

that was the stupidest shit ever

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Wow posted on

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

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