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Monday, December 7, 2009

A Fun Thing to Try

Uncle Louis sent me this puzzle.  Apparently, I'm abnormal.  Hmm, big surprise!  Try it and let me know whether you're boringly normal--or intriguingly abnormal!  Give it a try . . .

This is interesting.At the end of this message, you are asked a question.
Answer it immediately. Don't stop and think about it.
Just say the first thing that pops into your mind.
This is a fun "test"... AND kind of spooky at the same time! Give it a try, then post your answer on this blog and we'll see how many of us fall into the same percentage. You'll understand what that means after you finish taking the test.

Now. 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 ever need to write or remember the answers, just do it using your mind.
You'll be surprised.
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


Scroll down . . .

Scroll further!

To the bottom....

A bit more...

You just thought about a red hammer!, didn't you?
If this is not your answer, 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.  If you do not believe this, pass it around and you'll see.

One further intriguing question:  How many of you wrote down the answers as you thought of them?  I did!  I answered them in my head, but then wrote them down--ignoring the instructions--thinking, "How will I know if I was right or wrong if I don't write them down?"   I guess I'm not only abnormal, but also a rule-breaker and a control freak!  :)


  1. I answered Red Hammer, so I guess I'm normal.
    In fact, I'm extra normal because I've done the same test a couple years ago and already answered Red Hammer back then.
    This time, I knew I was not supposed to think about a red hammer but I couldn't think of anything else! That's scary.

  2. That is so funny! I told Karen that she's the most abnormal of us all because she thought of a pink calculator. I thought of a red saw, and Herb thought of a blue hammer. And does that make us polar opposites? Or a perfect match? :) So far, you're the only normal person I knew! I'm glad I know at least one normal person . . .

  3. I thought of a green shovel...And no I didn't write my math answers down. :) Eeh! I'm not sure I like this abnormal stuff. Must run in the genes!


  4. Hmmm, I must be abnormal too. I thought of a blue shovel.


  5. Danielle just took the test and she felt compulsed to say "rouge marteau". (red hammer). She said that it is going to perturb her for several days now and she wants an explanation!


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