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Postby KatyBr » Fri Jan 20, 2006 1:47 pm

This was developed as an age test by an R&D department at Harvard University. Take your time and see if you can read each line aloud without a mistake.
The average person over 40 years of age can't do it!
1. This is this cat
2. This is is cat
3. This is how cat
4. This is to cat
5. This is keep cat
6. This is an cat
7. This is old cat
8. This is person cat
9. This is busy cat
10. This is for cat
11. This is forty cat
12. This is seconds cat
Now go back and read the third word in each line from the top


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Postby Andrew Dalby » Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:11 pm

Didn't take forty seconds. Thirty-five maybe
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Postby tcward » Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:29 pm

Really?? Why is that?

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Postby KatyBr » Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:55 pm

maybe Andrew is a youngster.

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Postby tcward » Sat Jan 21, 2006 2:37 pm

Seriously, it only took me a few seconds to read through it all. Maybe it's my musical background (reading foreign languages that I don't understand)...

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Postby KatyBr » Sat Jan 21, 2006 2:44 pm

Tim, I thought it meant reading it correctly; the every third word way. But I'm in those ranks of speed readers too, we had required speed-reading in school, I really wish I could slow it down, wonderful stories are read so fast that I fail to remember much lately with my poor rememberer. I'd love to savor reading again.

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Postby tcward » Sat Jan 21, 2006 3:41 pm

Yes, I was reading it correctly, too. That's why I'm confused that it was supposed to be a difficult task for those over 40... I guess I don't understand -- there seems to be an implication (and I know this is kinda sorta a joke game) that those over 40 learned how to read differently. I am very curious about that.

I'm not over 40, so maybe there is something to it. ;)

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Postby KatyBr » Sat Jan 21, 2006 3:55 pm

tcward wrote:Yes, I was reading it correctly, too. That's why I'm confused that it was supposed to be a difficult task for those over 40...
I'm not over 40, so maybe there is something to it. ;)

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yup. apparently our thought processes are so skewed after 40 (how interesting that the timed senescence is pushed back a decade from when 'we' coined it back in the 60's "Don't trust anyone over the age of 30.") that we fail to see the connection, I did at first, which proves nothing since I'm admittedly age-impaired.

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Postby anders » Sun Jan 22, 2006 3:41 pm

Case of second childhood? 15 seconds. Honest.
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