An Odd Incentive in Venezuela

Via the BBC: Venezuela mango-thrower gets flat from president

A Venezuelan woman has had her wish for a flat granted by President Nicolas Maduro after she made her point by hitting him on the head with a mango.

Marleny Olivo threw the fruit at the president while he was driving a bus through the central state of Aragua.

It had a message on it, in which she pleaded for his help.

Hit the president in the head with a piece of fruit, win an apartment is an intriguing carnival game, to be sure.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Given Maduro’s history with political dissent, I wonder if “being granted space in a mass housing project” is a new euphemism for being sent to prison.

  2. James Pearce says:

    Being an American, my first impulse was…”Why would you want a flat?”

    Then I thought, well, maybe she needs help changing a tire. (Tyre?)

    But no….it’s the Beeb.

  3. jukeboxgrad says: