I am a big fan of Stanley Milgram’s work, and in Quirkology described his wonderful studies into social networking and letter dropping. One of his lesser-known projects examined the ‘familiar stranger phenomenon’. Familiar strangers are people that you see most days of your life, but never interact with: people that you might have seen for years at the train station, whilst out walking your dog, or at the gym, but have never even said hello to. Do you have familiar strangers in your life?
Wonder what your handshake, music collection, or bedroom says about you? Or want to be able to tell a person’s personality from their living room? Test your snooping abilities here.
Thought that you might enjoy a puzzle to help pass the time today. The image on the left shows the number 9 in Roman numerals.
Your task is to draw one single continuous line and turn this into a 6. Feel free to say if you have solved it and how long it took you, but no giving the answer. I will reveal the solution, and source, on Monday. Enjoy.
Quick Update: Someone has just emailed me another solution, so there are TWO ways of solving the puzzle.
So I am rehearsing a new (and as it turns out, somewhat dangerous) stunt for an unusual talk that I have to give next month. All you need is a big stick, two wineglasses, and an even bigger stick…
Over the break I finally got around to watching ‘Andrus: The Man, The Mind and the Magic’ – a DVD documentary about the renowned master of illusion, Jerry Andrus. Try his amazing Tri-Zonal Space Warper for yourself, and find out more.
Yesterday I posted ‘Red Blue, Blue Red’, and said that I would say which video inspired the puzzle.
A few days ago I posted a piece in which I questioned the possibility of animal hypnosis. Several people have sent videos proving that it’s all genuine….
I came across an interesting music video some time ago, and I played around with using the same technique to create a visual puzzle. This is the result.
The Quirkology Colour Changing Card Trick has now had almost 3 million views on You Tube. However, it was tricky to film and everything did not always go to plan…
Remarkable new study provides evidence that some ‘ghostly’ experiences are the direct result of neural activity.
I am always on the lookout for unusual science-based stunts because I often use them in talks and shows. The other day I came across one that does not seem to be very well known, but is impressive. All you need is a bouncy ball, a wooden floor, and a table.
Whenever I finish a talk, I can always guarantee that at least one person in the audience will raise their hand and say ‘That’s fine, but do you know how to hypnotise animals?’
According to the Metro, lots of people will be feeling down today because it is their first day back at work after the Christmas and New Year break. Always one to try and lend a helping hand, I have come up with an idea.
Quite a few people have sent the following illusion to me. Basically, as you look at the dancer, she will suddenly shift from moving in a clockwise to anti-clockwise direction. A few sites are suggesting that this is some kind of test of left and right brain thinking, which is obviously rubbish, but it is a nice effect. As yet, I have not been able to find out who actually created it, so if anyone knows, please drop me a line.