The Power of Ten

Okay, I have a little brain conditioning exercise in the form a fast-paced word association drill.

Below is a list of questions that you can easily solve. I want you to read down the list as quickly as possible, saying out loud the first answer that pops into you mind. The key to the success of this exercise is speed.




What is 5 plus 5?

What is 7 plus 3?

What is 12 minus 2?

What is 8 plus 2?

What is 50 minus 40?

What is 4 plus 6?

What is 6 plus 4?

What is 20 minus 10?

What is 10 minus 0?

What are aluminum cans made of?

That’s it. That’s all there is to it.

Now, let’s review our answers.

By a show of hands, how many of you were conditioned by the responses into saying aluminum cans are made of ten?

Ha ha! Gotcha…

How many of you said aluminum cans are made of tin thinking you wouldn’t be tricked into saying ten?

Ha ha! Got you, too…

So then, how many of you were able to overcome the mild brainwashing to provide the correct answer that aluminum cans are actually made of aluminum?



About Kurt Brindley

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42 Responses to The Power of Ten

  1. Didn’t fool me, but then I’ve had two cups of coffee.

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  2. charlypriest says:

    10 and made of aluminum . Damn I am smart I knew it! I promise I didn´t read the end before commenting and after sleeping my traditional Spanish “siesta”……what a twisted mind you have

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  3. Josh Wrenn says:

    Got me, I said tin. More coffee!!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. headwatersolver says:

    There are four lights.


  5. heidispitzig says:

    I’m only half way through my first cup. You got me. I said tin. More coffee!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. karen rawson says:

    Tin! And there was much forehead smacking!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Priyanki says:

    Thanks for giving me that good laugh…hahaha…
    That’s why they say, ” Never judge a book by it’s cover”. I thought it’s something contest like coming from you.
    But then as I read…
    I thought I got it, it’s Tin until…haha
    & as laughing is good for brain may be would be able to think better next time..:)

    Liked by 1 person

  8. bullroarin says:

    hahaha…I said aluminum, but I spelled it wrong!! :)

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Mandy Moran says:

    Aluminium for me! :)

    Liked by 1 person

  10. davezart says:

    You don’t fool me so easy

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I was ready: Aluminum.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Mike says:

    Rats! I fell into your eeeevil trap…

    Liked by 1 person

  13. janjoy52 says:

    Yep. You got me. Cute.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. jamborobyn says:

    That was a lot of fun – I got to the last question, blinked as though someone had just thrown cold water on my face, then said ‘aluminium’ immediately followed by, oh I think I’ve missed the point! So even though I got the answer, it still addled my brain, hehe.

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