Only great (or twisted) minds can read this

@Debs_place (10551)
United States
July 29, 2008 8:19pm CST
Only great (or twisted) minds can read this This is weird, but interesting! fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! I just got this in my email. I had no problem with it. My son was dyslexic and dysgraphic. When he wrote cursive, it was usually a mirror image. So did you struggle with this or did the misspellings not bother you that much. Lets see if the numbers were right...that only 55 out of 100 can read this. I am #1. Anyone else care to contribute?
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Well I had no problem with it. [i]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 that I could actually understand what I was reading. The phenomenal power of the human mind, according to a research at Cambridge University, it doesn't matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and last letter be in the right place. The rest can be a total mess and you can still read it without a problem. This is because the human mind does not read very letter, but the word as a whole. Amazing huh? Yeah and I always thought spelling was important! [/i] I'm not dyslexic, but maybe just strange...LOL
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Well you are #6 and so far everyone can read it. I am beginning to think they made this up.
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@Wolfechu (1193)
• United States
30 Jul 08
http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/people/dennis.norris/personal/ The '55 out of 100' is nonsense, as the actual studies show. Practically everyone can get the gist of the above, if they're of average intelligence.
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I agree, you are # 4. I personally like this one...attributed to Mark Twain: In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c"-- Sertainly this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favor of the "k". This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have 1 less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" wil be replaced with the "f". This will make words like "fotograf" 20% shorter. In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expected to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always been a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e"'s in the language is disgraceful, and they should go away. By the 4th yar peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v". During ze fifz yar, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters. After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer. ZE DREM VIL FINALI KUM TRU
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@Ravenladyj (22992)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Practically everyone can get the gist of the above Yea but wouldnt "getting the gist" and actually being able to read it fully word for word be different....I mean I "get the gist" of politics but dont get it fully without hitch ya know.....
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@Wolfechu (1193)
• United States
30 Jul 08
That was kinda the point here, though, according to the study. The transposition of letters didn't matter, because your brain subconsciously sorts them into the correct order and you end up understanding them, even though you notice they're in the wrong order, as long as the first and last letters (mostly) don't move. It's not like getting politics, where you have to consciously learn the basics; it's more like being able to catch a ball when someone throws it to you. Technically, that should require you to do a couple of pages of math involving vectors and trigonometry and relative velocities, but your brain goes ahead and works out the trajectories and hand-eye co-ordination needed before you're even aware the ball's on it's way, and you catch it. Or you flail miserably and miss it, like me. But the math still gets done ;)
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Hi Deb, well i read every word without a problem..I guess that goes to prove spelling is not that important..Lol either that are im weird ,haha..I got this through an e-mail once too and i had no problem with it then either...
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Well then I guess so far we are 100% weird. I wonder if people on Mylot should stop complaining about misspellings?
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I wish they would stop complaining..I mean i know they can read these discussions and replys even if they make a mistake..Its a real petty complaint as far as i can see..Oh well you know what they say,some people would complain regardless..My daddy use to say people would complain if they were hung with a new rope..Haha don't even ask because i did not understand that saying either..haha
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• United States
30 Jul 08
r u kdng? txt msg hdr 2 red!
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I agree so can I count you as #2?
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• United States
30 Jul 08
affirmatory CB friend.
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@Hatley (159381)
• Garden Grove, California
30 Jul 08
debs place that was ez tu rede, dont you think, Ihad no problem at all so I must be one of the 55 people who can read it. It is amazing to say the least. And I also thought that spelling was really essential to reading. no struggling for me at all. Maybe its because I make so many typos myself and usually but not always catch them.This was really fun to do and I read it quickly too.
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jul 08
That could very well be, we often don't notice our misspellings. I wonder if this would hold true if it were written in cursive?
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• United States
30 Jul 08
I've seen that a couple times now, and so far I've been able to read each time I've seen it..lol! Although the first go around left me scratching my head in wondering what in the world my friend had sent by e-mail. Since she's usually sending me rather odd things in the mail occasionally and sometimes it's just a jumble of letters that at first glance that could be.
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jul 08
So if this were your first time seeing it, should you be counted as a can or can not read? It sounds like a can not read.
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• United States
30 Jul 08
Well when I first received it, she had sent it without a subject heading and she had left out the words that were not jumbled, was just all the mixed up words. It only took a few minutes for me to realize that there was actually a statement in all that mess. So I think I would consider myself as an "I can".
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• Philippines
30 Jul 08
Yup, I got that email couple of years ago as well. And yes, it is amazing all right that we've been taught the importance of spelling in schools and yet we can still read through a whole paragraph with all the words misspelled. Well, if researchers at Cambridge University says twisting and scrambling the letters won't matter as long as the first and last letters are in the right place then they might be right. I have no difficulty reading this as well. I really enjoy playing Super Text Twist :)
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I know, it really is amazing how easy it was to read. I wonder if this was administered to children, at what level would this be easy to read?
• Philippines
30 Jul 08
Hmmm.. Nice idea.. I shall try this to my nieces aged 4 and 9. They can read. :)
@shelly43 (1197)
• Australia
30 Jul 08
hi hun, i have had this sent to me as well and i read it with no problems lol so as you said are our minds great or twisted lol everyone i sent it to could read it..its amazing how the brain works... hugsssssssss
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Shelly, are you saying we are all twisted? Well the I agree. And here I thought I was weird because of my son...I guess I was weird before that.
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30 Jul 08
Hi Debs_place, A week ago I read this simliar thing and this person got it in his e-mail and yes I can read that quite easily so I'm #2. its great fun. Thanks. Tamara
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Actually you are #10. No one seems to be having a problem with it.
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• Canada
30 Jul 08
I've seen this a hundred times, and I've never had rouble reading i. It's prety interestig how the human mind works, and I think it totally explains why we don't always notice our own typos.
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I said the same thing above. I also wonder if this would hold true if it were written in long hand?
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• United States
30 Jul 08
I've never had a problem reading words that were misspelled. It's just incredibly irksome to me, because I feel the urge to fix all of the spelling errors. Though I thought that more people could read this kind of thing; more like maybe 80% of the population, not just around 50%. Interesting post!
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@soycub3d (107)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Its funny how many people cant read this. I can almost read this more fluently then correct grammar. -Sawyer
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jul 08
It is scary if you don't notice I difference. makes me wonder what you are reading all the rest of the time.
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jul 08
According to snopes almost everyone can read this http://www.snopes.com/language/apocryph/cambridge.asp
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@GardenGerty (91014)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Jul 08
That is what I had originally understood, but I thought that perhaps I was wrong. I think the more experienced you are at reading the easier it is to though.
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I had no problem at all reading the message. I guess that explains why I love my backspace and spell check so much and still on mylot my typo's get on here. hahaha
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I am surprised my backspace key does not fall off.
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@Uroborus (910)
• Canada
30 Jul 08
The Poepl at Moylt may dleet tihs tinhkng I jsut psotded nnoesns, but I culondt rseist. Yes, I udnrestood precflety waht you worte. I amlsot raed it as fsat as raedning semohtnig taht lkoeod nroraml. I awlasy tohguht taht bieng tiwtesd was a rear gfit, but whit 55 out of 100 poepl bieng albe to do tihs, tiwtesd poepl are mroe cmomon tahn I tghuot. Oh, by the way. Wirting lkie tihs was mcuh mroe dfifcilut tahn raednig it, and esaeir to mssiepll, in a mnnaer of sepkanig.
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
30 Jul 08
I cluod uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. It was not difficult at all. Most of the time as long as the first and last letters are in the correct place the mind sees the word as it should be and not how it is actually spelled.
@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Thats amzing, I had no trouble reading that, I just read it like I was reading it like normal. I have seen something like this before, it is something.
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
31 Jul 08
Yes, it sort of makes you see just how complicated the brain is.
@neilchua (888)
• Philippines
30 Jul 08
count me in. i'm one of the 55 people. hahaha. wippee i have a strange mind. i think i have read this king of message in my email before. have a good day debs:)-NEILâ„¢
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@metschica25 (5409)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Hola I had this in an email a few back , and could read it . It is cool how our brain works , and I wonder who out there cant read it . Everyone I showed could read it . I should try it on my brother take care happy mylotting
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@insulin (2483)
• Philippines
30 Jul 08
wle tsi esy to raed..ehehehe i dtn wnk..tahts eht yaw tsi is...:-0
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@soooobored (1187)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Hehehe, we laenred aubot tihs in cgoitnoin, my pfrosseor tlod us asolmt eynoreve cluod raed it!
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