Suppose you've started planning your upcoming summer vacation by getting a guide that rates hotels and restaurants at your destination. Imagine your surprise upon discovering that every establishment is rated as "meeting minimum standards." Since you had something nice in mind, you decide to go elsewhere.

Now you're thinning down the applicant list for an opening on your staff. One applicant responds on the grade point average line by simply saying, "Passed all courses." Since you want the best person, you shake your head and put the application in the reject pile.

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