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written by Geekofdeath on Jun 29, 2007 02:23
The following is blatant copying and pasting from Albino Blacksheep (although it might have originated somewhere else). It is also really interesting, more when you finish it.

Albino Blacksheep said:
THIS IS A REALLY QUICK ONE!!
MIND TRICK? (Or not)
Have you ever wondered if your mind is
normal or different?
Well, do this little mind exercise and
find out at the end!
Free will or synaptic wiring? You be the judge.
Check out 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)........


What is:






1+5







































2+4













































3+3












































4+2













































5+1












































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 different
enough to think of something else.
98% of people will answer with carrot when given this exercise.
Freaky, huh?
This is crazy. My mind went blank at the end, then my mind made a picture of a fat carrot on the white screen. I'm the "normal" 98%....
written by Geekspeek on Jun 29, 2007 02:27
I thought "cucumber". Owned!
rawr
written by Raptorjedi on Jun 29, 2007 02:27
I thought of a carrot too. I was scrolling down fast and the first thing that came into my head was carrot.
electronic engineer!
written by Leniad on Jun 29, 2007 02:30
Curious... instead of six, I was repeating "seis", six in spanish.

And the vegetable I thought of was a "zanahoria", carrot in spanish

It probably has less to do with the number six and more to do with the fact that the carrot is the most common example of a vegetable? Dunno.
rawr
written by Raptorjedi on Jun 29, 2007 02:33
Likely it's just something to do with repeating six over and over. This might not even work for people who aren't using computers (though it would be interesting to check), because the Caret on most keyboards that I know of shares the six key.
written by Bellum on Jun 29, 2007 03:23
*shrug* I got the mental image of a vegetable before I could figure out what it was. I was like ........What is that?!

...

celery!
krush kill 'n destroy
written by Geekofdeath on Jun 29, 2007 03:46
Leniad said:
Curious... instead of six, I was repeating "seis", six in spanish.

And the vegetable I thought of was a "zanahoria", carrot in spanish
You probably just debunked roughly 99% of all the theories on how this trick works. It obviously has nothing to do with "carrot" having 6 letters, nor the sound similarities, nor.... er....

Anyways, I think it has to do something (what, I haven't the faintest) with the actual idea of six, seis, hex, 6 and the carrot/zanahoria itself, not the actual words.

Extremely interesting, I should have my mom do the same thing in Tagalog.
written by Switchcode on Jun 29, 2007 08:00
Holy cow..
When asked to think of a vegetable, for some reason I thought "apple" first, then realised its a fruit, so I thought "tomato" then realised tomatoes are also fruits, THEN I thought "carrot"..
And to be honest, I think its just probability applied in reverse; Imagine writing out the whole thing other than the "you thought carrot, right?" part, and testing ten people with it, then youd discover that nine of those ten people simply settle for "carrot".. Its not the test itself that makes you think of this answer; Its simply the most common proven response.
Think of a drink..
Coca-cola, right? PROBABLY.
wah... waall-eee
written by Magnulus on Jun 29, 2007 08:24
See, I was thinking Carrot because everybody was talking about carrots in this thread before I actually did the thing. And because the vegetable I last ate was a carrot.
doing pushups
written by Megagun on Jun 29, 2007 08:41
Just for your information: tomatoes are vegetables, too..

And yes, I *do* know that they're botanical fruit too.. But vegetable is a culinary term rather than a botanical one.
wah... waall-eee
written by Magnulus on Jun 29, 2007 08:44
That depends from which angle you see it, though. If you were a botanist, I'm sure you wouldn't say that.
doing pushups
written by Megagun on Jun 29, 2007 08:55
Well, yes, but again, it's a fruit whilst still being a vegetable since it is mostly used as a vegetable...

...just like a cucumber, which is actually a botanical fruit, too.

So no matter what your profession is, vegetable is always right, and so is fruit..
..okay, so it might not legally be a vegetable everywhere (wtf fruit/vegetable laws!?!?), but I guess you get what I mean..

I bet Schrodinger (Linux won't let me use my keyboard like it was intended to be used, so no O with an umlaut on it!) would love this kind of debate though
krush kill 'n destroy
written by Geekofdeath on Jun 29, 2007 11:54
Culinary, smchmulinary.

Tomatoes are fruits.
omg! toadstoolz!
written by Dumbum on Jun 29, 2007 13:25
The one where you had to think of a color and a tool was better, I thought of "red hammer", and it was correct!!! Two flies in one hit!
written by Barebones on Jun 29, 2007 15:41
Megagun said:
(Linux won't let me use my keyboard like it was intended to be used, so no O with an umlaut on it!)
<offtopic> (On Gnome) Check under Preferences / Keyboard / Layout options, and choose and use a 'compose' key, such as right-alt. </offtopic>
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