Forget polls: Coffee, cookies, and football indicate election

Forget polls: Coffee, cookies, and football indicate election winner

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Over the past few months, you've no doubt seen a lot of polls predicting who's going to win the presidential election. But can you trust them?

Forget all those polls -- most of them seem to be in the margin of error. There are some unusual but surprisingly reliable indicators.

If you really want to know who's going to win, you've got to watch football or get out your measuring tape.

Let's start with picking a president by picking up a cup of Joe. 7-11 has two different coffee cups that customers picked, and the cups have accurately predicted each contest since 2000.

Right now, President Obama's cups are beating Mitt Romney's 59 to 41 percent -- advantage Obama.

But the NFL tells a different story. If the Washington Redskins win their last home game before the election, the incumbent wins too. It's been accurate 17 out of 18 elections.

But the Redskins lost yesterday to Carolina -- advantage Romney.

What about Halloween masks? Spirit Halloween store claims the last four elections have gone to the candidate whose mask is the better seller, and this year, Obama masks won out by a margin of 60-40 -- advantage Obama.

How about measuring the two men, like with a tape measure? Dating back to 1920, the taller candidate has won the election 11 out of 15 times, and Mitt Romney at 6'2" eeks out a victory over the 6'1" president by an inch -- advantage Romney.

So here we are again, too close to call.

But if you bring in the candidates' wives, the plot thickens.

Michelle Obama's chocolate chip cookie recipe was more popular than Ann Romney's M&M cookies in the great cookie bake-off.

In four out of the last five elections, the woman with the more popular recipe has gone on to be First Lady.

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