Ripples from the future; realtime climate change; food prices; throwing rocks; seduced by stories and why does she always guess right? Links I liked

the Guardian.  But there’s a much more sinister explanation from the whackier frontiers of theoretical physics: ‘ripples from the future are travelling back in time to stop the Switzerland-based particle accelerator working.’ Now that’s what I call a conspiracy theory.Gabura still Not sure if we’re allowed to use the word ‘funky interactive video’ when the video in question (by the talented Oxfam filmmaker Sandhya Suri) is a realtime account of a cyclone smashing into a community in Bangladesh, but take a look anyway Excellent and alarming update on rising food and oil prices from Alex Evans Throwing rocks at a war criminal in Guatemala (and keeping his hat for the town museum) If you can get past the annoying voice, this brainteaser is very disturbing. Can someone explain to me why she always guesses right? [h/t Sarah Wootton] Suffering from ‘narrative’ overload? Uberblogger Tyler Cowen explains why he’s suspicious of the power of stories ]]>

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4 Responses to “Ripples from the future; realtime climate change; food prices; throwing rocks; seduced by stories and why does she always guess right? Links I liked”
  1. The gift-guesser is always right because the answers are limited to a small subset of numbers. Note:
    10 – 1 = 9
    11 – 2 = 9
    12 – 3 = 9
    All numbers 10-19 convert into 9
    all number 20-29 convert into 18
    all numbers 30-39 convert into 27
    and so on. You’ll find that the corresponding number is always the same for this group of numbers, hence, the guess will always be right.

  2. Richard King

    Brilliant Matt! Just to clarify: the nine possible outcomes (9,18,27,36,45…81) always have the same gift listed under them; so if 9 is a mouse-mat, so too will be 18 and 27. The clever bit is each time you play, the item (and the guess) changes (9/18/27 = mouse-mat one time, 9/18/27 = neck tie another time). And these are hidden amongst 90 other (dud) gifts.