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Can you meet this challenge?

Postby Sploosher » Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:13 am

Here's another trick of Doctor Dementia to test your skills...

I've seen this with the letters out of order, but this is the first time I've seen it with numbers. Good example of a Brain Study: If you can read this OUT LOUD you have a strong mind. And better than that: Alzheimer's is a long long, way down the road before it ever gets anywhere near you.


7H15 M3554G3 53RV35 7O PR0V3 H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5!
1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5! 1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG 17 WA5 H4RD BU7
N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3 Y0UR M1ND 1S R34D1NG 17 4U70M471C4LLY W17H 0U7 3V3N
7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17, B3 PROUD! 0NLY C3R741N P30PL3 C4N R3AD 7H15.
PL3453 F0RW4RD 1F U C4N R34D 7H15.
To my 'selected' strange-minded friends: If you can read the following paragraph, forward it on to your friends with 'yes' in the subject line. Only great minds can read this. This is weird, but interesting!


If you can raed this, you have a sgtrane mnid, too.
Can you raed this? Olny 55 people out of 100 can.
I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseaethe huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this forwrad it.
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Re: Can you meet this challenge?

Postby Spitfire » Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:12 am

This is not as strange at it seems ... my wife is an infant teacher and has spent her life teaching children to read - over the years we have had many conversations about the mechanics of the process and it always comes back to one thing .... learning to read is about decoding patterns of letters and sentence construction not spelling. That's why people who can't spell or find it difficult can still read very effectively. It's also why dyslexia is such a problem as that is technically 'word blindness', dyslexics cannot see or decode the patterns.

We don't actually 'read' a word - we just learn about the pattern the letters, and the sounds they make, are in and our brain learns this decoding process. So as long as all the letters of a pattern are there the order is irrelevant as long as there is a recognisable start and end. But - the word also has to appear in the sentence in a place or order that would make sense if it were spelled correctly. So if the words in those incorrectly spelled sentences were then jumbled up you couldn't read it as the decoding process would be given too much to do reordering the letters AND the words.

In a very simple example If you say that 'a kettle boils water' it will be more difficult to decode if the sentence in English if it said 'boils a kettle water' because the expected pattern is wrong. This would not be the case in the European languages where the verb invariably appears at the end of the sentence i.e. 'the water a kettle boils' so their reading patterns will, no doubt, be different.

t's th sm wth rmvng vwls :p In fact solicitors have used this process for years - I have seen very long handwritten title deeds completely without vowels to save time, space and ink ;)

I think that far more people will be able to read these weird things than the numbers they talk of, which I suspect are only put in to make the reader feel good about him/herself :D

Anyway - that's what I think ;) :p
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Re: Can you meet this challenge?

Postby Aceyone » Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:14 pm

Fascinating !
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