# The 2% or 98% Puzzle

This is strange…can you figure it out? There’s no trick or surprise.
Are you the 2% or 98% of the population?
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 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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MD HOBBIT
9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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

Zorro
9 years ago

My path was Denmark / Koala / Apple.

lowtechgrannie lowtechgrannie
9 years ago

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

9 years ago

Denmark, kangaroo, orange was me…weird!

-gene-
9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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

Will
9 years ago

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

Linda
9 years ago

OYE!!!!!

dan
9 years ago

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

Hroki
5 years ago

You can also pick killer whale

Tim
5 years ago

I got a tiger eating a raspberry in Eygpt….

Jackson
5 years ago

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%

Ruth Goldstein
4 years ago

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

shannon
4 years ago

Well I thought denmark, koala, Apple.

Emily Somewhere
4 years ago

Iguana eating an apple in Djibouti…

sierra
3 years ago

OH MY GOSH ME TOO YOUR THE ONLY PERSON I SAW

seymour
3 years ago

I got a cat eating a tangerine in the Dominican republic