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 Puzzle2002-02-01 01:06
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by Flemming Funch

Please read this sentence:

FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE-

SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIF-

IC STUDY COMBINED WITH

THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS.

Count the F's.

How many did you find?

The correct answer is below.


































Solution:

There are six F's in the sentence.

There is no catch.



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1 Feb 2002 @ 01:09 by ming : And then answer these questions quickly
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1 Feb 2002 @ 01:11 by ming : Are you thinking?
Say coast 5 times out loud.
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1 Feb 2002 @ 01:12 by ming : No?
Say top 5 times out loud. Say pop 5 times out loud. What do you do at a green light?  


1 Feb 2002 @ 02:42 by jstarrs : Ming
Dr.Bentley asks if you wouldn't mind seeing him about a possible serum he has for your problem. Agent 23 didn't understand either, but quite liked wot you said.  


1 Feb 2002 @ 08:53 by bushman : hmmm
because it says the same thing sort of , backwards?  


1 Feb 2002 @ 11:35 by sharie : More Serum
Spell "fort" four times.

What do you eat soup with?  



1 Feb 2002 @ 17:08 by tdeane : Great little mind bender
It took awhile, but I finally found them! Good fun!  


1 Feb 2002 @ 18:07 by bushman : lol hmm
You didnt say simon says, lol , I got it now, it was the dislexia. As I aspire to accualy see the whole picture. Took me all day :}  


1 Feb 2002 @ 18:20 by finny : Got it!!
It took me a full five minutes and yet its so of-vious. What's the problem?  


2 Feb 2002 @ 02:54 by ming : Why can't we see?
For those who don't get it - most people would count 3 Fs, not 6. For myself, I knew it was some kind of trick, so I looked extra carefully and counted the Fs several times, and I got 3 every time. I carefuly looked at each word (I thought) and looked for Fs and counted each one, and I still got 3 Fs. Only when I read the solution, that there was supposed to be 6, then I looked again and noticed the small words I totally filtered out the first time. And that is the problem, I suppose - that we over-simplify our reality when we look at it, that we filter out a lot of it in order to make it appear to make sense to us. And we particularly seem to filter out the small stuff that seems to be insignificant. But maybe we should learn to pay better attention, so that we aren't so damned easy to fool.  


2 Feb 2002 @ 03:22 by tdeane : Good Lesson
Ming, I went through the exact same process as you finding the F's. Your point of looking closer is well-taken and the puzzle was a great example of how very easy it is to miss so very much by overlooking the "small stuff."  


4 Feb 2002 @ 03:24 by jstarrs : Jesus Christ Ming!!!!!
I beg to differ, it's misleading. It says in the beginning 'Please read this sentence: blah, blah, then 'How many F's did you find?' It implies that you're looking for the F's in the sentence, otherwise it would've said something like 'read the whole thing, stoopid,'
Ok. I admit it. After four days, 24 hours a day. I didn't get it. Ok, I'm stoopid. All right, let's leave it at that, huh? I said, let's leave it at that, ok?  



4 Feb 2002 @ 04:57 by istvan : F
Now we might go to the dialog groups and see how many F-s we find on the comments concerning Freud.  


4 Feb 2002 @ 06:46 by kay : Are we trying....
........so hard to get the 'big picture' that we overlook necessary details. The big picture is a blending of 'yay and nay' and 'pro and con', 'good and bad', 'heaven and hell' on earth. Some go to the extreme of seeing all 'hearts and flowers' and 'love and light'. Others seem to see only what is wrong with the picture. Both miss the details. Question: how do we learn to communicate with each other in ways that get us to the 'big picture' that includes all the details necessary to formulate a new or better civilization/ society. I am right and you are wrong is not gonna get it, we see that in the mid-east and in Ireland and other places and even sometimes in these hallowed halls of NCN. So what we gonna do about it? How do we go beyond chatter and slam dunking others with different ideas?  


4 Feb 2002 @ 16:47 by istvan : Smile
By not taking the differences so seriously.  


4 Feb 2002 @ 21:02 by ming : Differences
By not trying to elliminate differences. Part of what this shows us is that we'll always see things a little different, and despite the best intentions and the best effort, we don't necessarily see things the "right" way. So somehow we need to figure out how to make things work without us all having to agree on what IT is. And even in those rare times when we do agree on what IT is, we'll never possibly have the same priorities or the same outcomes or the same ways of going about things. So, we somehow have to organize ourselves so that something constructive happens, without requiring that we all be the same.  


6 Feb 2002 @ 01:37 by mmmark : Old As Dirt, But Clean
Although this test is quite trite, you make a wonderful point about perception. So I recommend we do less of it and try to discover all the abosolute truth we can. Nudge, nudge.  


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