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Date: 05/10/10 06:33 AM

167 Responses to Can You Read This?

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:30 am
    Link: Can You Read This? - Only 55 percent of you will be able to. The other 50 percent, sorry--you`re just not as smart as the rest of us...
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    ukfra Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:43 am
    You will also find that out of the 55 the majority also suffer from Dyslexia

    ukfra (Can read it and does suffer from Dyslexia)
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    shmokin Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:45 am
    haha aewosme i culod raed it
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    DeathToLems Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:47 am
    yup. seen it before. The test should be "how fast can you read this without getting the word wrong"
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    blckhawk1234 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:47 am
    REALLY?! this is the poo that gets posted?? stupid forward poo that has been around the internet for ages. No stars for you sir
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:47 am
    If you can read this, you have a strange mind, too. Can you read this? Only 55 people out of 100 can. I couldn`t believe I could actually understand what I was reading........

    Pretty cool.
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    skine Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:50 am
    Fact: Cambridge was never involved in any such research.

    Also, 55% is about half of the population, which does not make either one strange.

    I would love to go line by line and say how stupid each one is, but it`s just not worth it.
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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:51 am
    taht was etxrmemley itneerstnig. wreid but iertnetsnig.
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    saintnickxii Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:51 am
    this too is old, but interesting nonetheless.. now lets see how many ppl write comments the same way this is written..
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    NoArms5534 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:51 am
    I could read it. I wonder if there are actually people that cannot.
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    trailleadr Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:52 am
    old news, but it`s always fascinating that the mind is capable of interpreting it without a problem. Honestly I thought everyone was capable, not 50% or 55% as the article states.
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    Phranky Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:53 am
    I believe they refer to this as Gestalt, I could read it.

    If I remember, Gestalt involves shapes, and teaching kids to read, kids learn faster if upper and lowercase letters are used, they recognize the shape of a word, whereas with just uppercase, all words just look like blocks.

    Interesting!
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    ryan99 Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:53 am
    Yeah...I doubt that statistic is real, because I, of all people, read that with no problem, and I am a terrible reader. :I
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    VikingGuy Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 6:59 am
    easy to read, there was some science article on it a while back and i believe it stated everyone could read it.
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    skine Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:03 am
    @blckhawk1234: Yes, it`s old. But it`s probably older than a lot of the people here, so they haven`t had a chance to realize how stupid people can be.

    Here are a few other things they may like:

    This,this, this,>http://dfc.furr.org/">this, this and this.
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    titmeisterx Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:13 am
    it says: IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU HAVE A STRONG MIND TOO. CAN YOU READ THIS? ONLY 55 PEOPLE OUT OF 100 CAN. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT I COULD ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT I WAS READING. THE PHENOMINAL POWER OF THE HUMAN MIND, ACCORDING TO CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY, IT DOESNT MATTER IN WHAT ORDERTHE LETTERS IN A WORD ARE,THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING IS THAT THE FIRSTAND LAST LETTERSBE IN THE RIGHT PLACE. THE REST CAN BE A TOTAL MESS AND YOU CAN STILL READIT WITHOUT A PROBLEM. THIS IS BECAUSE THE HUMAN MIND DOES NOT READ EVERY LETTER BY ITSELF, BUT THE WORD AS A WHOLE. AMAZING HUH? YEAH AND I ALWAYS THOUGHT SPELLING WAS IMPORTANT! IF YOU CAN READ THIS FORWARD IT.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:14 am
    no problems reading this. it is actually more than 50% of people who can, almost everyone can.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:15 am
    Only 55 out of 10 people can read it? I would say anybody who can read English, can read this
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    IRockYeah Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:16 am

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    pui Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:27 am
    I thought everyone could read this type of thing.
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    greggpethers Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:28 am
    who can`t read this? it must just be a stupid number invented to make everyone feel special... right?

    i`m intruiged
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:30 am
    "Only 55 out of 10 people can read it? I would say anybody who can read English, can read this"

    It says "55 plepoe out of 100".
  23. Profile photo of KekS
    KekS Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:33 am


    This is a pile of carp. It`s 1 typo away from being this statistic.
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    videogamer Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:34 am
    You get no points! You lose! Good day sir!
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    malikymoo Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:41 am
    i have never met someone who couldnt read it
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    skullgrin Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:45 am
    everyone can read this, they only say 55% of people can because it will get 100% of the people to actually read it. the paragraph even goes into detail saying the human mind reads words as a whole..thats how ALL of our human minds read words. Its just a clever trick to get as many readers on board as possible.

    Also, the only time spelling is important is if you are writing something for the words (i.e. a speech, or a book). If you`re writing something but the purpose is say to teach someone math, spelling is not important and never was..or will be.
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    tedgp Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:47 am
    seriously i-a-b. this is extremely old. and youre still putting it up here?
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    obbycomma Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:47 am
    "Only 55 percent of you will be able to read this. The other 50, sorry." 105% huh. Um.
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    walbot Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:50 am
    an You Read This?. Only 55 percent of you will be able to. The other 50 percent, sorry--you`re just not as smart as the rest of us...


    umm that comes to a grand total of 105% lol
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    SephirothA83 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:50 am
    this is so fking old I remember getting this back as a chain mail on AOL when 33.6k speeds were pretty fast.
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    Fleh Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:50 am
    This is so stupid...everyone can read this I`m sure. As long as the first and last letters are in place, you can read it. LAME
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    madest Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:51 am
    The statistic is again made up. I`m pretty certain all IAB`ers can read this because it fits the way minds work. I`d say if you can`t read this there is something very wrong with you. Perhaps a brain transplant is in order.
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    Kadinsky Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 7:57 am
    Keks@ lol xD
  34. Profile photo of wellsy57
    wellsy57 Male 50-59
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:00 am
    Im hvanig a hrad tmei rdeanig tihs.
  35. Profile photo of KucheKlizma
    KucheKlizma Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:03 am
    As old as the world.
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    hormonella Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:04 am
    In somecinda hard way i read that kind of text faster than when its correct typed in:S
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    Yellowsocks Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:17 am
    @madest.... maybe they ust need a brain?
  38. Profile photo of AnwarNova
    AnwarNova Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:21 am
    I think 55 percent can`t read this it because 55 percent of people can`t read. I totally made that up. But it`d be hilarious if I were right.
  39. Profile photo of feiku
    feiku Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:22 am
    I remember reading this when it was a chain mail..lol.
  40. Profile photo of panth753
    panth753 Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:32 am
    When did 105% become the new 100%?
  41. Profile photo of deltaumarcus
    deltaumarcus Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:33 am
    Old like myspace
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    feedee88 Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:50 am
    @AnwarNova - i think you`re right!

    I had seen it when it was basically everyone could read this, and not that you were had a strange mind if you could!
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    mrmoo7272 Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:55 am
    @ panth753
    now
  44. Profile photo of hyybrucewayn
    hyybrucewayn Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:58 am
    everyone can read that. don`t let the silly statistic make you feel smarter then you are.

    just like those banner ads that say "britney spears` IQ is 140, can you beat her?" its all LIES!!
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    phantom16 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:00 am
    "Only 55 percent of you will be able to. The other 50 percent, sorry--you`re just not as smart as the rest of us..."

    that`s a total of 105%...
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    Sonsglow Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:08 am
    Very old, but interesting. It does take me longer to read than if the words were spelled correctly, but definitely still very easily readable.
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    Pheeshy5 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:19 am
    lol, thats pretty cool
  48. Profile photo of belunan
    belunan Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:28 am
    Written like a true Facebooker.
  49. Profile photo of Volsunga
    Volsunga Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:28 am
    Its just because our generation has been conditioned to read everything dyslexic non-nice individuals write on the internet.
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    MrVandercar Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:35 am
    heh, its like my typing in chat.
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    zombieland Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:38 am
    anybody who cant read it?
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    ollylimpfish Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:40 am
    if yuo cna raed tihs is taht bceasue yuo`er samretr tahn teh nxet perosn or jsut srtugglnig to raed soemhting taht mkaes you feel lkie you aer samrter tahn teh nxet fitfy preecnt say so teh iorny of it all is cloud oyu fial an egnslih tset wirtnig lkie ti
  53. Profile photo of Ruswut
    Ruswut Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:43 am
    I`m pretty sure the 55% thing is a lie though considering how few people I`ve known say they can`t read it.
  54. Profile photo of BBQ
    BBQ Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:44 am
    Ahh, yes. That`s still not true. It`s true that we see words as a whole, and we rarely have to spell them out but the whole first and last letter thing is bogus - unless of course you use small enough words for there to be minimal jumbling around (and that`s just cheating).
    Example:

    You sulohd beohtr ysluoref wtih tkinihg.

    translates to
    You should bother yourself with thinking.

    So really, if it still LOOKS like it did before you jumbled the words, you can read if. If it doesn`t you cannot read it.
  55. Profile photo of revdrdark
    revdrdark Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:49 am
    Your facts are bul1poo. Anybody can read this; you are therefore a retard.
  56. Profile photo of Sharky19
    Sharky19 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:56 am
    It`s not 55% it`s everyone... He even states why afterwards.
  57. Profile photo of banjolegs
    banjolegs Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:59 am
    Not exactly new though this, is it?
  58. Profile photo of GothicQueen
    GothicQueen Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 10:02 am
    I can read it perfectly. Still doesn`t make me all that smart though.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2010 at 10:03 am
    100% can read it, it`s just that 45% of people are dicks who pretend they can`t.
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    WWEdeadman Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 10:20 am
    i got a headache from reading that.
  61. Profile photo of Tarquin_Duck
    Tarquin_Duck Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 10:34 am
    I`m pretty sure that I read that everyone can read it before
  62. Profile photo of Vindictive
    Vindictive Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 10:35 am
    in a perfect world, this would be my AP english exam.
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    PopsySoku Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 10:38 am
    Seewt!
  64. Profile photo of kimkio
    kimkio Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 10:39 am
    i thought the original article was something like this:

    Arocdnicg to rsceearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pcale. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit pobelrm. Tihs is buseace the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

    it shows a normal ability of the human mind. not shows that you`re special :s

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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 10:43 am
    Yeah, I`m pretty sure everyone can read it.
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    whipsmart Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 11:20 am
    "Only 55 percent of you will be able to. The other 50 percent, sorry--you`re just not as smart as the rest of us..."

    ahahaha! Wait, was that a joke?..Now I feel stupid. :(
  67. Profile photo of LandoGriffin
    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 11:31 am
    The 55 out of 100 must mean that only 55 percent of people on Earth can read English well enough to recognize common English language words. After all, I couldn`t read it if it was written in Russian.
  68. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2010 at 11:42 am
    This is an urban myth anyway. The research referred to never happened. It`s just an interesting demonstration of how we read. It doesn`t always work, not by a long shot. With different words and different sentences, it`s an incomprehensible mess.

    Actually from Cambridge University

    [quote">I work at Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, in Cambridge, UK, a Medical Research Council unit that includes a large group investigating how the brain processes language. If there`s a new piece of research on reading that`s been conducted in Cambridge, I thought I should have heard of it before...[/quote">

    On that page, he discusses the reality behind this, which is more complicated (and more interesting) than the `letter order` paragraph.
  69. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2010 at 11:49 am
    Try this example:

    A dootcr has aimttded the magltheuansr of a tageene ceacnr pintaet who deid aetfr a hatospil durg blendur.

    I can read it and I expect most if not all people can, but it certainly isn`t as easy to read as it would be if written correctly.
  70. Profile photo of moefreak
    moefreak Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm
    Yeah, pretty much everyone (who speaks English) can read this. Context is definitely the most important thing though. For example, can you read these words: hsetmar, seentmatt, cvtnoseeiavrs? No?

    Hamster, statement, conservatives.
  71. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    Dammit angillion I can`t work out what magltheuansr says. It`s gonna bug me all evening...
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm
    Im pretty sure people who dont speak english couldnt read this!
  73. Profile photo of MrRubik
    MrRubik Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 12:15 pm
    The other 50 percent? Honestly, Fancylad, I expected better irony from YOU at least. Fail.
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    Spider_sol Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm
    Hehe, 55 in 100 can read it, the other "50%" aren`t as smart. I get it!!!!!!!

    I wonder about words that are anagrams of each other but start and end with the same letters. I can`t think of any, but I`m sure some exist.
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    Joolin Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 12:31 pm
    I don`t know why but the only word that really tripped me up was strange (sgtrane)
  76. Profile photo of Joolin
    Joolin Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm
    also this whole business of being "smarter" if you can read this is total bullsh.t. If you can read it, the part of your brain that handles reading is slightly different than that of someone who can`t. The whole notion of some people being absolutely "smarter" than others does nothing more than keep people down who happen to not excel in a certain area. I would imagine that Jimi Hendrix probably wouldn`t fare too well as a scientist, but does that make him less smart than a scientist? Hell no it does not. Stop thinking in binary, people.
  77. Profile photo of MetalicDemon
    MetalicDemon Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm
    lol, funny, but im sure this is a repost, nvm, it entertained me so it doesnt matter
  78. Profile photo of MrYouKnow
    MrYouKnow Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm
    Is everyone doing caption fails on purpose now?

    My English teacher showed me this a while back. As far as I know, It`s much more than 55%. That second to last sentence about the spelling is stupid; You`ll still need to add all the right letters and start and end it with the correct ones.
  79. Profile photo of TopperHey
    TopperHey Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm
    I thought that just about everyone could read this stuff, what with the method that our brains process language being universal `n` all.
  80. Profile photo of mrbenn
    mrbenn Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    I think it would be easier if we spelt all the words in alphabetical order
  81. Profile photo of Slyguy056
    Slyguy056 Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm
    I can`t read it :(
  82. Profile photo of bluethen
    bluethen Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    It`s chain-mail, so of course they`ll give such a low percentage.
  83. Profile photo of genericuser
    genericuser Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    oh god, this is like sixth grade old. seriously, iab?
  84. Profile photo of littlepete50
    littlepete50 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    yay, saw this when i was born. (and yes i can read it)
  85. Profile photo of alchemist18
    alchemist18 Female 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm
    I didn`t even struggle...I read it as fast as I would read normal things...I`m SURE more that about half of us can read it...maybe 2 or 3 can`t...but this is simple..
  86. Profile photo of BlankTom
    BlankTom Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm
    Back in the day IAB would *never* had posted poo like this. Don`t the people running this have any pride in their own site?
  87. Profile photo of DiePSPolice
    DiePSPolice Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm
    Older than my mom

    And a hoax
  88. Profile photo of Litos
    Litos Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm
    Yeah I saw this a long time ago. It`s true, we read words as a whole so our mind recognizes them regardless of the order (besides the first/last letters). Humans are so cool.
  89. Profile photo of SammyCyanide
    SammyCyanide Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm
    I can read it.
    I think trying to read Irvine Welsh`s "Trainspotting" is actually a true test.
    Clockwork Orange doesn`t count.
  90. Profile photo of FeeFee
    FeeFee Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    BS. This is not true. It`s possible to mix up words such that it`s much more difficult to read. For example:

    Important in the text above is iproamtnt, but using the same logic spelling like iptnmaot and it suddenly becomes a bit more difficult to recognize.
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    crazyfangirl Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm
    Vitamin water focus (mmmmmmm....kiwi strawberry) said that everyone could read this way
  92. Profile photo of Aquaeous
    Aquaeous Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 1:53 pm
    Surely nearly everyone can read it. I don`t think I`ve ever come across anyone who hasn`t been able to read one of those things. Anecdotal evidence FTW!
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    Septemberex Female 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm
    What the fwuack is this doing on here? I`m not the one to gripe, but come on!
  94. Profile photo of Tails-V3
    Tails-V3 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    Wait... 55% can, and 50% can`t? What happened there?
  95. Profile photo of Ace_Mazta
    Ace_Mazta Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm
    55 out of 100? im pretty sure everyone can read this
  96. Profile photo of IssaTheFiend
    IssaTheFiend Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 2:21 pm
    Pretty sure everyone can read this eye sore.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    OLD! But interesting... I was surprised how quickly I could read it too. Almost as fast as normal text.
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    yagovaggo Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm
    @ fee fee. Not true.... I tried that already.. you an still make out the work important anyway you type it...

    Being able to read this is also the fact that when reading a sentence, we can project or guess the next word in a sentence.. and the letters you see pretty much narrow it down to the correct one!
  99. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm
    Dammit angillion I can`t work out what magltheuansr says. It`s gonna bug me all evening...

    Manslaughter.
  100. Profile photo of AmyNicoleduh
    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm
    "BS. This is not true. It`s possible to mix up words such that it`s much more difficult to read. For example:

    Important in the text above is iproamtnt, but using the same logic spelling like iptnmaot and it suddenly becomes a bit more difficult to recognize."

    it may have to do with the fact that you left a crucial letter out entirely.

    also, description fail. insulting the intelligence level of others, yet being unable to get a simple percentage straight. lmfao. wonderful.
  101. Profile photo of DavioMagnifi
    DavioMagnifi Male 13-17
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    May 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm
    so why is there chain mail on iab?
  102. Profile photo of ninjagrover
    ninjagrover Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 2:49 pm
    Yeah the brain recognises the general shape a word looks like, we don`t read each letter as we go along.

    If anyone has needed to get glasses and they say that they didn`t realise how bad their eyesight was it because their brain is doing so much extra work by matching the (now fuzzy) shapes to everything it has ever seen. As most of the time we are in the same environment, it can trick us into believing our eyesight is better than what it actually is. Interesting stuff
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    yagovaggo Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm
    @ fee fee. Not true.... I tried that already.. you an still make out the work important anyway you type it...

    Being able to read this is also the fact that when reading a sentence, we can project or guess the next word in a sentence.. and the letters you see pretty much narrow it down to the correct one!
  104. Profile photo of BlankTom
    BlankTom Male 30-39
    1674 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 3:06 pm
    @yagovaggo
    "Being able to read this is also the fact that when reading a sentence, we can project or guess the next word in a sentence"

    That`s actually strange because i was just looking into that today when studying Markov Chains. There has been a lot of work done on simulating the english language - predicting the next word in a sentence based purly on the current word. This is how a lot of spam emails generate those semingly non-sensicle sentences but the structure is good enough to get past spam filters.
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    margot138 Female 18-29
    322 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm
    the other 50%?
  106. Profile photo of MissMage
    MissMage Female 18-29
    695 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    Wow. This is among the oldest thing on the internets. And I`m pretty sure everyone can read this.
  107. Profile photo of addler
    addler Male 13-17
    777 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm
    you know this is only true if the words are in a logical order... random words with the first and last letters the same will be much more difficult to read than this suggests, especially because you can make multiple words out of the same letters
  108. Profile photo of akijade
    akijade Female 18-29
    1006 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm
    wow tihs is animzag! Who wluod hvae tguhhot it was ture!

    Oh yeah. Everyone knows this. Pretty much unless you have some sort of learning disability, you should be able to read this just fine.
  109. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm
    55% plus the other 50%... hmmm...

    There are three kinds of people in the world; those who can count, and those who can`t.
  110. Profile photo of BlankTom
    BlankTom Male 30-39
    1674 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm
    There`s 55% who can read it,
    50% who can`t
    and 5% who gave it their 110% but still couldn`t read it.
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    charliew07 Male 13-17
    143 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm
    there are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don`t
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    howlingwolf Male 18-29
    1351 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm
    @akijade
    That`s...not true. I wouldn`t go around accusing people of learning disabilities; additionally, there are some people with perfectly developed brains who can`t read this because they were brought up with a different learning style. NOT a disability.
  113. Profile photo of K3vin
    K3vin Male 18-29
    487 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm
    "there are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don`t"

    lol, that`s a good one... I`m going to have to steal it.
  114. Profile photo of Paul1582
    Paul1582 Male 13-17
    670 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm
    55% and 50%? I claim significant figure error.
  115. Profile photo of Stodogs
    Stodogs Female 13-17
    301 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm
    the other 50%? where did that extra 5 come from?
  116. Profile photo of DarkFerret
    DarkFerret Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:05 pm
    it also helps if you can read in the first place...
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    phreakphit Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:13 pm
    Ok, this one has been going around for awhile. Not only has Cambridge said no such study has been done, but the claim isn`t even true. They flipped easy letters in words, they didn`t make an effort to make it hard.

    Try reading the word siifneitcc can you figure it out without really thinking about it? Yeah it`s scientific.
  118. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm
    > charliew07
    > there are 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don`t

    Except of course without the `2` subscript being included, `10` could be in ANY number base at all except a base 1 numbering system. For example, counting to 10:

    Base 2: 0000 0001 0010 0011 0100 0101 0110 0111 1000 1001 1010
    Base 3: 000 001 002 010 011 012 020 021 022 100 101
    Base 4: 00 01 02 03 10 11 12 13 20 21 22
    Base 5: 00 01 02 03 04 10 11 12 13 14 20
    Base 6: 00 01 02 03 04 05 10 11 12 13 14
    Base 7: 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 10 11 12 13
    Base 8: 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 10 11 12
    Base 9: 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 10 11
    Base 10: 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
    etc

    Every numbering system base N contains `10`, representing 1xN^1 + 0xN^0, so the joke doesn`t really work.
  119. Profile photo of Deviros
    Deviros Male 18-29
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    May 10, 2010 at 8:47 pm
    I`ll bite Lionhart

    There are 10 types of people in the world,

    Those who understand Trinary, those who don`t, and those who think it`s binary =)
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 8:54 pm
    @Deviros - LOL. Well said, sir. You just made a new version of an old joke which might well make its way into history alongside the Original.
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    taelmx Female 18-29
    247 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm
    base 2 doesn`t really work like that actually it`s basically like saying...there are ö³δ types of people in this world, those who transliterate and contextualize, and those who don`t.
  122. Profile photo of vapor13
    vapor13 Male 30-39
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:19 pm
    old thing is old
  123. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    May 10, 2010 at 9:36 pm
    It`s easier to read if you read it fast.
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    plahblah Female 18-29
    151 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 10:56 pm
    I rarely say this but holy crap this is old. I got this in a chain email when I just started using the internet like 10 years ago. Back when the only emails I ever got were warnings that if I didn`t forward the email to 20 people some ghost would come and poo on my face.
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    coffeekoneko Female 18-29
    1008 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 11:00 pm
    I don`t get it. I can read it. Is it really that special? Also 105 percent?
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    SouthpawSlew Male 18-29
    96 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm
    @Cofee - Girl that doesnt get jokes doesnt get the joke.
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    May 10, 2010 at 11:30 pm
    I read it quickly and I got it all but `Strange`,had to go back on that.That`s pretty cool. I can read upside down too.
  128. Profile photo of Aurigae
    Aurigae Female 18-29
    31 posts
    May 10, 2010 at 11:41 pm
    Only 55 out of 100? Yeah right. Fake stats to make you feel special.
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    SaiyanRocker Male 18-29
    101 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 12:30 am
    Aurigae, you do realize they only studied a 100 people, and 55 got it right, right?

    Also, did you happen to realize that 55 and 50 don`t make 100, or were you too busy feeling pissy about the numbers you thought were false?
  130. Profile photo of yitani
    yitani Male 18-29
    48 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 12:38 am
    "Only 55 percent of you will be able to. The other 50 percent, sorry--"
    Pretty smart IAB, 55+50 = 105%??!!!!
  131. Profile photo of jadedtortois
    jadedtortois Female 18-29
    779 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 12:48 am
    LOL @ 105%

    I can read it very easily, but I can also read backwards/upside-down :S
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    qquuaacckk Male 18-29
    332 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 1:06 am
    I think the whole 105% thing was a joke hence the whole "sorry--you`re just not as smart as the rest of us" thing...
  133. Profile photo of Mikeado
    Mikeado Male 18-29
    2159 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 1:09 am
    I read it fluently in my head :-P

    I must be in the more smarterer 55%...
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    fancylady Female 30-39
    864 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 1:34 am
    Read it easily .
  135. Profile photo of r3tr0r0ck3r
    r3tr0r0ck3r Male 18-29
    187 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 1:59 am
    I`m pretty sure that the percentage would be higher than 50% due to all of the horrendous typos/misspellings that we see on the internet every day.
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    Tisjokar Male 18-29
    985 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 2:12 am
    I doubt the percentage is 50%, more like 90%
  137. Profile photo of Javien
    Javien Male 18-29
    270 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 3:29 am
    Wow, now this is old.
  138. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
    8306 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 3:40 am
    After 25 years of commercial printing, the first 5 of which were before DTP and therefore all manual paste-up, negatives and metal printing plates, I can read upside down, back to front and in negative with equal ease.

    Drives my Missus mad because quite often I`ll just pick a book or newspaper up and start reading it whichever way up it was when I picked it up.
  139. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
    2220 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 4:33 am
    I am so stupid, couldn`t work out manslaughter even with context. :) Heh-heh.
  140. Profile photo of Batmanners
    Batmanners Male 18-29
    4006 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 4:52 am
    "I`m pretty sure that the percentage would be higher than 50% due to all of the horrendous typos/misspellings that we see on the internet every day."

    Actually, most girls 13-17 don`t even see why this is relevant at all; they don`t see any typos whatsoever. They think it means only 50% of people can read, at all.

    Girls 13-17, learn to write and type please.
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    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
    2893 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 5:19 am
    F**k you.
    I ain`t forwarding sh*t.
  142. Profile photo of xXKaryXx
    xXKaryXx Female 13-17
    635 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 8:29 am
    lol it says the same thing on the back of a certain vitamin water

    :D
  143. Profile photo of Tratheyas
    Tratheyas Male 13-17
    322 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 8:33 am
    "Not smart enough" to read hand cramps.

    I can read it, but it`s something I`d rather not have to (and still do on a daily basis).
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
    3236 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 10:58 am
    Also notice that they have all correct letters.
    Spelling may not be important as a whole, but getting all the correct letters are.
  145. Profile photo of ultimakewl
    ultimakewl Male 18-29
    833 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 11:02 am
    so 55% of people can read it but the other 50% cant?
    well apparently 105% of Fancylads on IAB cant do math.
  146. Profile photo of OmgZelda
    OmgZelda Female 18-29
    1593 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm
    so 55% of people can read it but the other 50% cant?
    well apparently 105% of Fancylads on IAB cant do math.

    ---

    I was going to say something like this. lol
  147. Profile photo of clam85
    clam85 Male 13-17
    53 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    i read the first sentence, then i was like Huh? theres something wrong with the words
  148. Profile photo of regalia13
    regalia13 Female 18-29
    212 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm
    Meh. Seen it before... Old study. Not that difficult.
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    DRxSATANx Male 18-29
    321 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 6:32 pm
    oh damn i thought everyone could read this
  150. Profile photo of RyanHake
    RyanHake Male 18-29
    2690 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 6:33 pm
    I read it out loud within like 12 seconds ha. But yea...old.
  151. Profile photo of gothmo
    gothmo Female 18-29
    1324 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm
    50+55=105% good job >>
  152. Profile photo of Pingas
    Pingas Male 13-17
    312 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm
    Easily.
  153. Profile photo of theforrest
    theforrest Male 18-29
    118 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 8:42 pm
    I read this when I was in like 7th grade or something. Everyone can read this.
  154. Profile photo of Majorchug
    Majorchug Male 18-29
    27 posts
    May 11, 2010 at 10:22 pm
    Is it strange that while I was reading it i was putting a retarded accent on it? lol
  155. Profile photo of Swaywithme
    Swaywithme Female 18-29
    3696 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    @Majorchug mine had a definite lisp going on x-X;


  156. Profile photo of TIMESWORDSMN
    TIMESWORDSMN Male 13-17
    304 posts
    May 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm
    I can read it, But since i`m prone to look at every letter in a sentence because I`m a Grammar Nazi and hate typos.
    So I have to defocus to read it.
  157. Profile photo of Link364
    Link364 Male 18-29
    440 posts
    May 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm
    I`ve seen a shirt like that
  158. Profile photo of diablito
    diablito Male 18-29
    37 posts
    May 15, 2010 at 4:17 am
    uh
  159. Profile photo of jesseg
    jesseg Male 13-17
    98 posts
    May 15, 2010 at 11:35 am
    I COULD READ IT! I`M SMART!!
  160. Profile photo of TheGodofFail
    TheGodofFail Male 13-17
    126 posts
    May 16, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    haha could read it, but it messed with my mind a little. My eyes feel funny haha
  161. Profile photo of ruthless1990
    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
    3001 posts
    May 18, 2010 at 11:35 am
    "Only 55 percent of you will be able to. The other 50 percent"

    i dont feel too bad i cant read it, i can still do math.
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    4theLuvofTLs Female 18-29
    47 posts
    May 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm
    turn it upside down and put it backwards and then see who could still read it....
  163. Profile photo of OmgZelda
    OmgZelda Female 18-29
    1593 posts
    June 8, 2010 at 11:09 pm
    so 55% of people can read it but the other 50% cant?
    well apparently 105% of Fancylads on IAB cant do math.

    ---

    I was going to say something like this. lol
  164. Profile photo of OmgZelda
    OmgZelda Female 18-29
    1593 posts
    July 11, 2010 at 9:40 am
    so 55% of people can read it but the other 50% cant?
    well apparently 105% of Fancylads on IAB cant do math.

    ---

    I was going to say something like this. lol
  165. Profile photo of draquoir
    draquoir Male 18-29
    1051 posts
    March 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm
    Didn`t IAB post a video debunking this? >.>

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