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by Brother Maynard | Jul 9, 2006 | Amusing, I Ramble, Unfinished Reading | 17 comments

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Ok, I’ve got it! If you want to know, email me!

hint: use a spreadsheet

Either it’s the work of the Dark Lord himself, or just simple mathematics. ;-)

i think it’s simple mathematics but it could be work of the dark lord himself

Hello, Can you tell me how that sign thing works – you say it is something to do with mathematics.

Thank you

Don’t be skeered kids. The old professor is here to help you out. There are no psychics. People cannot read others minds. Computers cannot read minds.

Notice that the symbol displayed is always the 9th symbol in the list, which is the same as the 18th, 27th, 36th, etc. The reason why is witheld; something must be left as an exercise for the student ;-) ;-) ;-) Stephen is pointing a way.

That game is weird. quoth joe rockhead doesn’t explain clearly can someone help me out here please?

IT DOES NOT WORK EVERY TIME – TRY SIMPLY PICKING A RANDOM NUMBER without the math exercise and you’ll find that in 80% of time the machine is wrong.Although, I still can’t quite figure it out

I figure it out – it is brilliant. No matter what two digit number you start with, the answer will be 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, or 81

and all the corresponding symbols will be the same.

think about a two-digit number [ab]=10*a+b (thus the two digits are a and b), then [ab]-(a+b)=(10a+b)-(a+b)=9a. Therefore your choice only depends on the first digit a.

they put the symbol at every 9 places, so for every a from 1 to 9, there is a symbol at 9a.

You will notice that the same symbol is at 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, and 81 (the possibilities for [ab]-(a+b

think about a two-digit number [ab]=10*a+b (thus the two digits are a and b), then [ab]-(a+b)=(10a+b)-(a+b)=9a. Therefore your choice only depends on the first digit a.

they put the symbol at every 9 places, so for every a from 1 to 9, there is a symbol at 9a.

You will notice that the same simbol is at 9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, and 81 (the possibilities for [ab]-(a+b

9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, and 81 are the only possible numbers, but the graphic for these numbers changes occasionally…..

Lucy, Sorry I wasn’t clear. The symbol displayed by the “mindreading” website is always the 9th symbol in it’s list. The 9th is the same as the 18th, the 27th, the 36th, the 45th, etc, etc …

That’s because the algorithm (fancy word for process) you go thru at the website ALWAYS has the answer 9 x – try it and see. So if the number you pick is between 10 and 19, the “answer” is 9×1 = 9. If you pick a number between 20 and 29, the answer will be 9×2 = 18. Between 40 and 49, the answer will be 36 … and so on … try it.

So for the website to be “scary” and “supernatural” and “read your mind”, all it has to do is make *whatever* symbol corresponds to the 9th symbol be the same as the 18th symbol, be the same as the 27th, the 36th, the 45th, etc etc. Then it has only to display that symbol – you will have HAD to pick it, because your answer is guaranteed to be one of [9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, or 81].

The spooky sounds and imagery are all part of the act – all of these “supernatural” things, regardless of their attempts to portray themselves as “good” or “evil” are simply more (or less) advanced varieties of hokum.

By definition “super” means “above or outside of”. But, nature is “what exists” therefore the “supernatural” is “above or outside” of “what exists” – meaning the supernatural does not exist.

Best Regards,

Joe Rockhead

> Quoth Lucy:

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> That game is weird. quoth joe rockhead doesnâ€™t explain clearly can

> someone help me out here please?

I don’t get it either. HELP!!!! Someone please explain it in ENGLISH!

Sorry, lemme try again – But YOU have to try it too, with a few 2 digit numbers – pick a two digit number, (we’ll call it NUMBER), add the digits together to get the intermediate sum (we’ll call it SUM), subtract SUM from NUMBER to get ANSWER.

Assuming you’ve done the arithmetic correctly:

Notice that regardless of the 2 digit number you choose, after the you do the arithmetic asked for, your ANSWER is always a multiple of 9.

That is, it’s one of this set of numbers: [9, 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72, 81]

So what they do is that everytime you try it, they pick a different symbol corresponding to the number “9” AND all the multiples of 9 have the same symbol as “9” – so they just display that symbol, after some suitably “spooky” graphics and sound.

Look at the chart when it pops up, but look fast ’cause the chart disappears pretty quickly, that’s part of the “magic”.

Remember folks – there ain’t no supernatural anything. Never was, isn’t, and never will be. “Witch Doctoring”, aka “Sympathetic Magic” only works because the people being magicked believe in it. It is also called “The Placebo Effect”.

Faithfully yours in Arithmetic,

Joe Rockhead

“Spooky” has been removed from the web. The only way to get to it was by a link which no longer exists. Has any one cot a copy of the actual routine ( what ever that is in computer talk). I am happy to pay for it it if you have a copy. I repeat it no longer exists by going to the link. Please contact me on jrlawsonxz@optusnet.com.au.

Thanks, Joe. So, every time you play the game, the symbol at 9,18,27, etc, changes, so it looks llike it’s different every time. It’s just that the symbol at the 9, 18, 27, 36, position changes each time you play, and that is the number you have no choice but to choose. Thanks again!

You’re welcome!

Hey, it’s nearly Hallowe’en – time for milaadesign.com to put that website up again! (… and scare a new batch …)

All the Best

Yer Ol’ Uncle Joe Rockhead

(From the Tar Pits)