Thursday, November 06, 2003

Wicked Twisted


Amelie sent this to me the other day, and I sent it to a number of friends, to see how they rated.

    Just follow the instructions as quickly as possible.

    Do not go to the next calculation before you have finished the previous one. You do not need to write or remember the answers, just do it using your mind.
    You'll be surprised.

    Start:

    How much is :

    15+6

    3+56

    89+2

    12+53

    75+26

    25+52

    63+32

    I know! Calculations are hard work but it's nearly over..
    Come on, one more...

    123+5


    QUICK! THINK ABOUT A TOOL AND A COLOR!


    You have just thought about a red hammer, haven't you????


    If this is not the case, you are among 2% of people who have a "different" if not "abnormal" mind. 98% of the folks would answer a "red hammer" while doing this exercise.



So, two of my pals are normal, and the rest of you are not. I thought of a pink screwdriver. Some people have given that a sexual intepretation, probably not wholly unfounded.

My favorite was Greg's: green calculator. Many people had varying colors of hammer. Pipewrench was mentioned, as was a saw.

Somehow, these calculations are meant to force your mind into a simplistic state, such that when asked to recall a member from the category "tool" and the category "color," you will think of the default, or representative item in that set in your head. So I suppose it makes sense that few of us had traditional settings at default. We are, after all, a bunch of nerds. Which is why I love you!

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