How is this possible?
May 3, 2002 4:41 PM   Subscribe

How is this possible? I know there must be a sensible explanation for why this 'ESP experiment' works every time, but I certainly can't figure it out. Anyone? Other 'ESP' tests and the like leave me a bit cold, but this made my brain hurt, and that can't be all bad.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken (27 comments total)
 
Probably old, definitely ugly, but hopefully amusing.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:44 PM on May 3, 2002


Um..stav, buddy...It works because none of the cards from the original batch appear in the "revealed" batch. Any card you select will give the illusion of a successful choice on the computer's part.
posted by Optamystic at 4:46 PM on May 3, 2002


Don't feel bad vunderpoultry, I fell for it the first time I saw one of these as well.
posted by machaus at 4:49 PM on May 3, 2002


what optymystic said.....
posted by protocool at 4:50 PM on May 3, 2002


From the feedback page:

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From Kim:
My boyfriend and I found out by trying the experiment together. At first, we thought you could simultaneously detect both our thoughts.
By the way, I am an eighth grade science teacher. I use your Alien IQ Test book on my students. They love it! Any further suggestions?

Terrifying.
posted by Optamystic at 4:51 PM on May 3, 2002


Whoops. Well, perhaps I can salvage this post (and my dignity) by asking folks to share some stories about how they've been hoodwinked by the obvious...?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:53 PM on May 3, 2002


I've seen this on MeFi before.
posted by donkeyschlong at 5:02 PM on May 3, 2002


Commence salvaging. I fell for the exact same card test a while back, so don't feel too badly, stavros. You weren't the only one to get hoodwinked. I think you're supposed to be so overcome by the fact that your card isn't there that you just don't notice that all the cards are different.

Here's a few more goodies.
posted by iconomy at 5:07 PM on May 3, 2002


What is the point of this? I think of a card and the computer removes ALL of the cards it made me think about. There is nothing ESP about that!
posted by cx at 5:07 PM on May 3, 2002


Den Beste in da hiz-nouse!
posted by Optamystic at 5:12 PM on May 3, 2002


Here's a relevant thread.

Whoops. Well, perhaps I can salvage this post (and my dignity) by asking folks to share some stories about how they've been hoodwinked by the obvious...?

Don't feel bad... On a somewhat related note, I have an extremely nearsighted friend who spent two hours looking for his glasses. It turned out he was wearing them.
posted by epimorph at 5:13 PM on May 3, 2002


I sent it to my mom and she figured it out in 30 seconds. Moms rule.
posted by luriete at 5:15 PM on May 3, 2002


Here's a relevant thread.

Ah, that would be why I couldn't find it when I searched. Different site.

*sigh* Another double. My record-breaking streak of double posts continues unabated. It still sucks to be me.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:19 PM on May 3, 2002


Here's a few more goodies

That thatcher picture on the left is scary.
posted by vacapinta at 5:25 PM on May 3, 2002


Optamystic, Darth Vader is Luke's father. Evens?

Old, old trick. But it's always new to somebody, and the joy in figuring it out is proportional to the frustration in solving it. Phooey on you.
posted by dhartung at 6:01 PM on May 3, 2002


Oh, lighten up. I wasn't trying to crack on anyone. ('cept for Den Beste). I was engaging in a little friendly ribbin' of the chicken. No harm intended.
posted by Optamystic at 6:10 PM on May 3, 2002


Well, the 'chicken still is the sole and founding member of the Blue Poop Man Group.
posted by y2karl at 6:13 PM on May 3, 2002


OLD!

But yeh, the first time i saw something like that I was confused for a bit of time.
posted by delmoi at 6:22 PM on May 3, 2002


It was driving me nuts until I tried to pick two cards to see which one would go away.
posted by electro at 6:31 PM on May 3, 2002


Ha! You can beat it by choosing a card that isn't there. All-knowing website, my foot. The amazing D outwits HTML once again!
posted by D at 6:59 PM on May 3, 2002


The first time I saw this site (couple of years ago?) it reminded me of an old card trick. Try this:
Take the 10 of Spades and the Nine of Clubs and place it on the top of the deck. Take the Nine of Spades and the 10 of Clubs and place them on the bottom of the deck. Find an unsuspecting victim. Show them the the top two cards (very briefly --the trick is in allowing the clubs, spades, nine, 10 to sink in, not the actual combinations.) Then, smack the top of the deck. Turn the deck over and show the bottom two cards. It will seem, again initially, this has to be quick, that your cards have moved to the bottom of the deck. Then smack the bottom of the deck and "bring them back up to the top."
I knew about the card trick long before I ever saw this site, so the first thing I did was save the two card images and line them up. Problem solved. Same trick, more cards.
posted by eyeballkid at 7:37 PM on May 3, 2002


Can you believe it? I just read last week that the word "gullible" is not in the dictionary!
posted by anser at 8:35 PM on May 3, 2002


Can you believe it? I just read last week that the word "gullible" is not in the dictionary!

That's older than this post.
posted by eyeballkid at 9:31 PM on May 3, 2002


Safe to date, then.
posted by y2karl at 9:38 PM on May 3, 2002


This is one of those things that keeps on making its way into my email box year after year. Some people never learn :).
posted by merkuron at 10:08 PM on May 3, 2002


Just because we're all jaded and cynical and have seen it all doesn't mean everyone has. There are these things called kids, and every day another one of them gets a computer and discovers AYBABTU or Newgrounds or some what foo are you quiz, and they thing they've discovered something new and amazing. And they don't even know it's already been double-posted on MetaFilter. They have never even heard of MetaFilter. Amazing!
posted by iconomy at 12:09 PM on May 4, 2002


This guy is good:

I was somehow able to guess which card was going to disappear from my screen, but I couldn't correctly guess which ones would remain. No matter what I tried.

Giving away the joke -- without giving away the joke.
posted by ook at 4:42 PM on May 4, 2002


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