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Thor A. Tandy   P.Eng.,  MCSCE,  MIPENZ
Victoria, BC, Canada
e-mail: <vicpeng(--nospam--at)>
Results of returns at bottom for those interested.

DON'T scroll down too fast-do it slowly and follow the instructions below exactly, do the math in your head as fast as you can. It may help to say the answers aloud quietly. FOLLOW these instructions one at a time and as QUICKLY as you can!





Quick! Pick a number between 12 and 5.

Got it?

Now scroll down...

The number you picked was 7, right?

Isn't that weird???

Free will or synaptic wiring? You be the judge.

Check out the following exercise, guaranteed to freak you out. There's no trick or surprise. Just follow these instructions, and answer the questions one at a time and as quickly as you can!

Again, as quickly as you can but don't advance until you've done each of them...really.

Now, ARROW down (but not too fast, you might miss something)...

What is:






Now repeat saying the number 6 to yourself as fast as you can for 15 seconds.
Then scroll down.

QUICK!!! THINK OF A VEGETABLE! Then arrow down.

Keep going.

You're thinking of a carrot right?
If not, you're among the 2% of the population whose minds are warped enough to think of something else. 98% of people will answer with carrot when given this exercise.

Freaky, huh?

Here is another one


It only takes 30 seconds. Work this out as you read. Don't read the bottom until you've worked it out!

1. First of all, pick the number of days a week that you would like to eat out.

2. Multiply this number by 2.

3. Add 5.

4. Multiply it by 50.

5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1748. If you haven't, add 1747.

6. Last step: Subtract the four digit year that you were born.


You should now have a three digit number:
The first digit of this was your original number (i.e. how many times you want to go out each week).

The second two digits are your age!!!
This is the only year (1998) it will ever work


Expected Answers were "7" & "carrot".
10 returns received
Response            Exercise #1                Exercise #2                Age?
                            Number                      Vegetable
       1                        7                            carrot                        N
       2                        7                            cabbage                    Y
       3                        8                            apple     (?)                N
       4                       10                           carrot                         N  
       5                       10                           carrot                         Y 
       6                        7                            zucchini                     Y
       7                        7                            carrot                         Y
       8                       15                           orange   (?)                 N
       9                        7                            carrot
      10                       7                            squash
3    got    7    and    carrot
1            7              zucchini
1            7              squash
1            7              cabbage
2            10            carrot
1             8             apple    (?)
1            15            orange  (?)           
60% got "7"
40%      "carrot"            30% got expected answer!
20% don't know what a vegetable is.
10% have yet to graduate from Grade 2.
Conclusions?    None!