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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.

Ready?

Set.

Go!

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?

:)

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