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hoodrat
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Here is something I came across on the Internet last week. I've been having a blast with this with friends and colleagues. It's a simple little test, but the results most likely will blow you away. Read on!

*******************THE "F" WORD TEST*****************

Instructions: Read the following sentence. Once you have read the sentence, go through it and count how many times the letter "F" appears. Once you've determined how many times the letter "F" appears in the sentence, scroll down further to see the answer and to obtain your score. Easy, huh? Well, have at it! Here's the sentence:

FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE-
SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIF-
IC STUDY COMBINED WITH
THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS.

(scroll down for results!)








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You won't probably believe this, but the letter F appears in the above sentence a total of six times. Don't believe it? Go back and count them again! Most people only see three F's, and that is average. Very few people will see four or five F's, and it is EXTREMELY rare for someone to actually notice all six F's! We tend to NOT see the letter "F" in a certain word which, in this case, appears three times in the above sentence. Weird, huh?
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Check Stunners Plus from Becker to see how he uses this principle.
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I got 9.

but I started from where you say "Instructions: Read the following sentence"
"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
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LOL Partizan!

Yeah!! I got four the first time!
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I got five. The funny part is I got the "F" in the first two "OF's," but then I missed the last one. Cool little test.
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Great little test. I counted 4, three times before looking at the answer and then I counted 5 after looking at the answer. When I went back to count again, for the 5th time, I finally counted 6.
I Love it. Any more of these little mindblowers?
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That is a good one, I had seen it years ago from a fellow named Ray Comfort (I think). So I knew about the other two most often overlooked "F"'s.
Ray had it printed on a business card with an evangelstic message on the other side.

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Wow! I counted 3 F's over and over even though I cheated and KNEW there were 6. The "OF"s really through me. Those were the ones that I missed.
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Can anyone here explain how this works?
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I read a big chapter on this and I am still not clear on it. However, normal human brains tend to filter out useless information. This includes the other 3 fs. So, if you overlooked them your brain is working fine. If you didn't over look them you might have a problem. Autistic Savants don't have that filter so they would count all the fs. They probably would even memorize the sentence in the process of reading it. Whats the first word of the sentence? If you don't remeber, consider it a blessing.


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I got 6. Is something wrong with me?
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Yeah.... you are one sick son of a woman.

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I got 6 as well.

But went back over and can see how you could miss them.
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This effect can be the basis for misinterpretation (phew what a word!!!) of many texts.
By exclusion of gash words a text can assume a different nature from its original context. Yet, This is a technique of memorization. To only memorize key words and to gash the rest of the redundant text. The gash text can be filled back in using basic rules.
"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
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I got six, but since I had a feeling this would be a tricky test, I was extra careful and noticed the ofs. Otherwise, I could see how one might miss them. Very interesting.
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Glad that people are finding this little "test" that I posted interesting.

I have watched people go through the sentence, which I have printed on a sheet of paper, and carefully look for all six "F's". 98% only find three. Once I tell them there are six "F's" in the sentence, they will do it again even using their finger as a pointer to glide it along under each word as they look for the letter "F". And they still will miss the three "F's" in the word "OF! It's sort of weird (and eerie) to watch them literally pass right by the letter "F" with their finger three times and remain totally oblivious to them!

By the way, I only found three as well when I first did it. Even after knowing that there were six "F's", I still could only find three!!
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I got 6 F's (after I read the sentence four times). Does that mean that I'm extra special or extra (actually don't answer that I'm ultra sensitive)
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I also got six....
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I got 6 f's

In school, maybe that's why I only counted 2.

Stupid tests. Their biased towards the people who know stuff.
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The result when I took this test is here:
F-gambit
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