Brain Test

From a forwarded email. It may be harder for non-native English speakers to decipher.

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

W17H0U7            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? Only 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 bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe.  Azanmig huh? 

47 thoughts on “Brain Test”

  1. Denzil, despite being a Belgian, I think you are a native English speaker but am pleased to see that this is discernible to non US English speakers. Love your response. Thanks for playing along and commenting.


        1. Malc, in the first part of you second sentence, did you mistype a few words, which is why I am having trouble reading it? Biang ahje to skedk Emgoid I don’t think there is such a word as Baing aihe sedkk emogid.

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          1. Sorry Pat. I took it a stage further and put different letters in to see if you could still understand it. The first and last letters are all correct and the number of letters in each word are the same number as the substituted word. The sentence was “Which is more important? Being able to speak English or have a twisted mind?”

            That’s another waste of your valuable time I know, but I wanted to see if you could still make sense of it šŸ™‚

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  2. Aha! This is why I don’t tend to get worried about my reputation for creating typos at the drop of a hat. I can read them just fine. Apparently, though, some people can’t and it bothers the heck out of them. Pffft!

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    1. Derrick, from what I have read about your prowess with developing complex crossword puzzles and other word games, I am not surprised at your ability to read this. I’m not totally sure I can read your answer. You excel at this stuff. šŸ¤“šŸ‘šŸ˜‡

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          1. The 6 threw me because I could not figure out what letter it represented. I think I figured out the rest. Thanks for the translation. As previously stated, that you are this good at word games does not surprise me at all. You have not lost your touch over the years.

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    1. Absolutely correct, Priscilla. I missed a test question for that very reason. Blood flows through arteries, veins and caterpillars which I read as capillaries. I selected true when it was really false because I misread the word.

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  3. Interestingly, I had much more trouble reading the first word/numbers forward than backward. I assume my conscious mind was getting in my way. Will attempt constructive larger application of this understanding in my life now.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Ana. It sort of like me listening to a Shakespeare play. It takes me most of the first act to become accustomed to the language but by the second act, I’m rolling with it. It is amazing what our brains can be tricked into learning.l


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