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Beauty Contest

In Keynesian economics, a concept describing how rational investors are expected to buy and sell securities. According to the theory, in a free market, rational investors tend to buy securities they believe everyone else thinks are valuable, rather than the ones they themselves believe are valuable. That is, because demand for securities drives prices up and down, rational investors attempt to estimate their demand rather than their intrinsic values. The term is based on a fictional newspaper contest in which contestants are asked to identify one woman among six that other people think to be the most beautiful, rather than the woman the contestant likes best himself.

beauty contest

a competition between TRADE UNIONS to gain recognition by an employer for COLLECTIVE BARGAINING and/or representational purposes. See BRIDLINGTON RULES.
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The Miss America Organization is thrilled to partner with Pageantry Perfume.
Amid pageantry and pomp, the monarch formally opened the new parliamentary session Tuesday by outlining the new government's austere plans, the Associated Press reported.
Everyone involved -- from all of the directors, marching band, drum-line pageantry -- everyone has been extremely dedicated since the start of the summer,'' Turner said.
Indeed, the implicit and at times explicit competition between them as to which one of them embodied the ultimate model of princely exemplarity, led them to considerable investment in self-promotion, either through pageantry, spectacle, or art.
Barnes structures the pageantry around the seven Kwanzaa principles--unity, self-determination, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, collective work, and faith.
Despite the occasional hint of the classical ideal or the grand pageantry of nature, no one here is too pretty; the critters, often culled from the less glamorous corners of the animal kingdom (goats, chickens, crows, bottom-feeding fish), tend to be scrappy, while the humans are consistent only in their deviation from norms of beauty, grace, and perfection (middle-aged, pudgy, oddly proportioned and seemingly exposed, more naked than nude).
My aim is to make it more relevant while retaining an element of pageantry.
Housekeepers accustomed to Versace-style bouquets of haute-florist orchids and roses would eventually sweep away the plain tributes, but they were touching signs of the real humanity that can, in the hands of a genuine genius, connect fashion and culture, magnificent pageantry, glamorous runways, and mundane lives.
The argument she presents is that religious processions and pageantry in the late nineteenth century served to galvanize popular allegiance to a new sense of civic identity based on the resurgence of Catalan culture.
39) Perhaps it is not a coincidence, therefore, that the same years witnessed the reemergence of the Lord Mayor's Show, a dazzling civic procession steeped in ritual and pageantry, as an event of |legitimation' - an event whose purpose it was to legitimize the status quo by attempting to identify the public's interests with those of the City of London.
The exaggerated seaport barroom drag-show pageantry and antics in 1972's Pink Flamingos, mixed with classic '50s rock-and-roll kitsch classics such as "The Girl Can't Help It," pushed audiences of the early '70s close to riot.
But just as Die Meistersinger later became a favorite of Hitler's, so the city's second florescence was as the capital of Nazi pageantry.