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Invisibility Reigns Over Crime Solving

The power to be invisible was overwhelmingly deemed a greater contribution to society than the ability to investigate and solve crimes, giving MIT’s Invisible Woman a victory over Cornell’s crime-solving Kay Scarpetta.

With a resume that includes helping save the world from villains like Doctor Doom and Galactus, it’s no surprise that most voters agreed in the Invisible Woman’s immense value. Throw in the fact that her Wikipedia entry states, “Her unparalleled sense of compassion and common sense make her a natural-born leader” and you have your recipe for the match eight winner.

“Once again we are confronted with a choice between a person who can help a few people by solving a handful of murders or someone who can save the world. I’ll go with saving the world any day.” —The Alchemist

“A superhero vs. a medical examiner? Come on, clearly Sue Storm offers more to society, but just in case it isn’t patently obvious, I’ll spell it out; Kay Scarpetta just sifts through the after-effects of crime, while Sue Storm prevents crime.” —Sven

“Kay Scarpetta is a crime-solving ME, and Sue Storm is a super-hero scientist. When Galactus comes to eat the Earth, Sue will still be a super-hero scientist; the best Kay can hope to rate is dessert.” —Charles

“Sue can save the world from global warming with her force field. Kay causes global warming with her Mercedes. GO TECH.” —Katharine

Despite a varied career that includes work as a chief medical examiner, private forensic consultant, and head of the National Forensic Academy, Kay Scarpetta’s supporters were minimal. The most impassioned pro-Scarpetta response came from Ken, an impartial observer with a unique perspective.

“I have degrees from both MIT and Cornell, so that factor cancels out. But I vote for Kay Scarpetta since her work educates more people about the real world. Yes I know it’s fiction, but the scientific basis shines through and the nation certainly needs to improve its scientific literacy.”

This concludes the first round of voting. Enjoy the holiday and check back on Monday, November 28, for Round 2, when we discover how Sideshow Mel reacts to the sordid tactics of Lex Luthor. We may even have a surprise in the way of judging.

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