It's Election Day and pundits and pollsters are hard at work crunching the numbers to predict a winner for this tight presidential race. Others, however, are using some unorthodox methods, like relying on puppies' eating habits. On TODAY Tuesday, Kathie Lee and Hoda ran down the odder rules for calling the race, including:
The World Series rule: If an American League team wins, a Republican wins the election. Since the San Francisco Giants are this year's champions, this one goes to President Barack Obama.
The Nov. 6 rule: Whenever an election has fallen on Nov. 6, it's gone to a Republican candidate.
The Redskins rule: If the Washington Redskins football team wins their last home game before the election, the incumbent president wins. The Carolina Panthers just beat them, so it looks like this one goes to Mitt Romney.
Gnocchi the psychic squirrel: This magical rodent in Charleston, South Carolina predicts the president by eating walnuts from bowls with the candidates faces on it. Gnocchi's calling it for Mitt Romney this year.
Jimmy Fallon's puppy: Jimmy Fallon's puppy, named Gary, uses a similar method to Gnocchi. On Monday's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon", Gary was provided with two bowls of kibble, each inscribed with a presidential candidate's name. The adorable pooch headed straight for the bowl with Romney's name on it.
If all of this sounds silly to you, there's really only one thing you can do to keep the puppies and baseball teams of the world from choosing your fate: go vote.
Julieanne Smolinski is a TODAY.com contributor who will be fear-chewing Rolaids until somebody calls this thing for real.