The 2% or 98% Puzzle

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This is strange…can you figure it out? There’s no trick or surprise.
Are you the 2% or 98% of the population?
Follow the instructions! NO PEEKING AHEAD!
Just follow these instructions, and answer the questions one at a time and as quickly as you can!
Again, as quickly as you can but don’t advance until you’ve done each of them.
Now, scroll down — but not too fast, you might miss something!
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Think of a number from 1 to 10.
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Multiply that number by 9.
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If the number is a 2-digit number, add the digits together.
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Now subtract 5.
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Determine which letter in the alphabet corresponds to the number you ended up with (example: 1=a, 2=B, 3=c…).
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Think of a country that starts with that letter.
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Remember the last letter of the name of that country.
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Think of the name of an animal that starts with that letter.
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Remember the last letter in the name of that animal.
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Think of the name of a fruit that starts with that letter.
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Are you thinking of a Kangaroo in Denmark eating an Orange?
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I told you this was FREAKY!! If not, you’re among the 2% of the population whose minds are different enough to think of something else. 98% of people will answer with kangaroos in Denmark when given this exercise.
H/t beloved fellow Doc’s Wife.
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Analysis

I’ve tried it with every number from 1 to 10, including 1 and 10, and, in each case, multiplying that number by 9 always results in a number that is either 9 or, if a two-digit number, then adding the two digits always results in the number 9.
This means that no matter what number between 1 and 10 you first picked, you’ll always end up with the alphabet D.
You are then asked to think of a country with a name that begins with D. There are only 7 countries that fit this criterion:

  1. Democratic Republic of the Congo (in Africa)
  2. Denmark (in Europe)
  3. Djibouti (in Africa)
  4. Dominica [Commonwealth of Dominica] (in the Caribbean Sea)
  5. Dominican Republic (in the Caribbean Sea)
  6. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (more commonly known as North Korea)
  7. Dubai (an emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE))

We can eliminate 1 and 6 because who knew Congo’s formal name is the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or that North Korea’s formal name is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea?
That leaves 2 (Denmark), 3 (Djibouti), 4 (Dominica), 5 (Dominican Republic), and 7 (Dubai).
Let’s be real: Have you ever heard of Dominica? Unless you live there?
That leaves Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, and Dubai. Unless you happen to be an inhabitant of Djibouti, Dominican Republic, or Dubai — all small countries — you’ll most probably think of Denmark when you’re asked to think of a country whose name begins with D.
Since the last alphabet of Denmark is K, you’re now asked to think of an animal whose name begins with K. There are only 3 animals that fit:

  1. koala bear
  2. kitten
  3. kangaroo

No. 2, kitten, doesn’t count, because it’s merely the young version of cat. That leaves only the koala bear and the kangaroo. Again, like Denmark, the kangaroo is more familiar to us, so that’s what we immediately think of.
Kangaroo ends with the alphabet O. You are then asked to think of a fruit whose name begins with O. There are 8 fruits that fit the criterion:

  1. Oyster plant
  2. Oyster nut
  3. Oregon grapes
  4. Orange
  5. Okra
  6. Olosapo
  7. Olallie berry
  8. Okari nut

I’ve never even heard of 1, 2, 6, 7, or 8, have you? As for 3 (Oregon grapes) and 5 (okra), they are so obscure that, unless you happen to grow them, you’d never think of either. Frankly, I don’t even know what okra looks or tastes like! That leaves only the Orange.
There you have it:
The overwhelming probability is that anyone who does this exercise will pick Denmark, Kangaroo, and Orange.
Case solved! LOL
~Eowyn

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0 responses to “The 2% or 98% Puzzle

  1. This was funny; but I actually went down the road less travelled… Democratic Republic of the Congo… And that has made all the difference! 🙂

     
  2. I’m afraid I went the Danemark, Kangaroo and Orange route! Thanks for the infos very interesting how the mind works!

     
  3. My path was Denmark / Koala / Apple.

     
  4. I’m one of the the oddballs: Denmark / Kiwi Bird / Date

     
  5. Denmark, kangaroo, orange was me…weird!

     
  6. i must be an odd duck, i had an impala eating an apple in dubai

     
  7. LOL!! The comments are pretty funny, too. Thanks for solving the mystery, Eowyn!

     
  8. Aw that is some freaky stuff! I need to set my tinfoil hat to “private” 🙂

     
  9. OYE!!!!!

     
  10. uh, my Newt from Estonia was eating a tangerine…..I was SOOO close to being normal,lol’s.

     
    • How on earth could you come up with Estonia? Every number between 1 and 10 — including 1 and 10 — when multiplied by nine, ends up with the number 9, whether it’s a single-unit 9 or a 2-unit number that when added together also equals 9. You are then asked to subtract 5 from 9, which is 4. You are then asked to match the number 4 with the 4th alphabet, which is D — not E !!!!

       
  11. You can also pick killer whale

     
  12. I got a tiger eating a raspberry in Eygpt….

     
  13. Actually, I ended up with a King Snake eating Eggfruit in Denmark, and I had to look up whether or not there were any fruits that began with e. I guess I’m in 2%

     
  14. When I first heard this (around 2003) I chose Denmark, King Cobra, Avocado

     
  15. Well I thought denmark, koala, Apple.

     
  16. Emily Somewhere

    Iguana eating an apple in Djibouti…

     
  17. I got a cat eating a tangerine in the Dominican republic

     

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