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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Raising the Bullshit Flag

I saw this and had to discredit it because, that's the kind of guy that I am. Read through to the end and read my explanation.

2% or 98%

This is strange...can you figure it out? Are you the 2% or 98% of the population? Follow the instructions! NO PEEKING AHEAD!

*Do the following exercise, guaranteed to raise an eyebrow.
*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, scroll down (but not too fast, you might miss something).

1. Think of a number from 1 to 10

2. Multiply that number by 9

3. If the number is a 2-digit number, add the digits together

4. Now subtract 5

5. Determine which letter in the alphabet corresponds to the number you ended up with (example: 1=a, 2=b, 3=c, etc.)

6. Think of a country that starts with that letter

7. Remember the last letter of the name of that country

8. Think of the name of an animal that starts with that letter

9. Remember the last letter in the name of that animal

10. Think of the name of a fruit that starts with that letter

Are you thinking of a Kangaroo in Denmark eating an Orange?


This may appear to be freaky but it’s not.

Any number you pick between 1 and 10 and multiply it by 9, when those numbers are added together will ALWAYS be 9.

1 x 9 = 9 and 9 + 0 = 9
2 x 9 = 18 and 1 + 8 = 9
3 x 9 = 27 and 2 + 7 = 9
4 x 9 = 36 and 3 + 6 = 9
5 x 9 = 45 and 4 + 5 = 9
6 x 9 = 54 and 5 + 4 = 9
7 x 9 = 63 and 6 + 3 = 9
8 x 9 = 72 and 7 + 2 = 9
9 x 9 = 81 and 8 + 1 = 9

Then subtracting 5 from any answer will leave you with 4 every time, which then maps to “D” as instructed.

Then it asks you to name a country and can you think of any other country other than Denmark that starts with a D? According to the internet, these are the only ones:

Dem. Rep. Of The Congo
Djibouti Dominica
Dominican Republic

Obviously, most people will choose Denmark since other than the last one, most people won’t even know about the others.

That leads the person to “K” as the last letter and then you are asked to think of an animal starting with that letter. Most people will choose “kangaroo” although I would think that “koala” would be a common answer.

If you answered “kangaroo” than the only fruit that I know of that starts with the last letter “o” is orange. If they would have answered “koala” then most likely you would guess apple or apricot.

But the instructions tell you to do it fast so the most “famous” “D” country, “K” animal and “o” fruit would jump to people’s minds.

Don’t be duped!!!

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  • At 10:22 AM, Blogger Neuronix said…

    Djibouti honestly was the first country that came to mind :p

  • At 11:36 AM, Blogger Ryan said…

    Djibouti... same thing for me. honestly when you heard it in 8th grade geography, wasn't it stuck in your head as a "funny word" for months if not years?

  • At 12:01 PM, Anonymous LCpl Dristy said…

    I must be a weird kinda guy.

    I chose cat, Dominican Republic, and Tomato.

    LCpl Dristy

  • At 12:12 PM, Blogger Neuronix said…

    ryan : as a kid I pretty much knew all countries and capitals of the world. The atlas was my favourite book when I was 9! Djibouti obviously is a lot more intriguing than Denmark.

    Funny it's still the same, though, as I've been in Denmark last year and have never even been close to Djibouti

  • At 5:05 PM, Blogger Viper said…

    In the famous words of Col Jessup in "A Few Good Men":

    "You fucking people..."

  • At 5:55 PM, Blogger O! said…


    where have you been for the past decade?

    This is...OLD.

  • At 6:00 PM, Blogger Viper said…

    But I've never seen it explained.

    Have YOU?

  • At 1:41 PM, Blogger O! said…

    Yeah...in the FOURTH grade. And I'm not making this up - I distinctly remember!

  • At 8:46 AM, Blogger Chris said…

    I used Djibouti, I looked it up on the CIA's webpage. I knew it had to be a trick question and given the choices starting with D that seemed to be the best bet.


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