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    Re: Can you count?

    OK, I'll bite - <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>6</font color=yellow></span hi>

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    Re: Can you count?

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>By first count... a sad, sad, sad 3 <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>. Second pass, 4. Third pass, the most careful of my passes, 6.</font color=yellow></span hi>
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    Re: Can you count?

    Exactly my experience, Chris.
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    Re: Can you count?

    You are one of the few, Alan, but I'm not sure what the category is. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Can you count?

    Not really a puzzle but interesting just the same. This was shown to me by one of my students. As you quickly scan the sentence, simply count the number of Fs.

    FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE-

    SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTIF-

    IC STUDY COMBINED WITH

    THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS.

    What's your first answer?
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    Re: Can you count?

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>The experience, I think, is due to the "F" in of having a "V" sound not an "F" sound, which makes us ignore it, if I remember my psychology.</font color=yellow></span hi>

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    Re: Can you count?

    Is there anything you don't remember, or have you forgotten it? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Can you count?

    I have forgotten a lot. Some things I have never learned (or maybe have really forgotten it). Some things I recall learning, but not much else. Some I can recall learning and can either "regenerate it" or know where to look it up. I do recall alot about certain things.

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    Re: Can you count?

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>I've heard that it had to do with being trained to ignore unimportant words (of, the, a...). I've seen the same "puzzle" with counting "e"s and I know I ignored every last "the" in the sentence! I could, of course, be quite mistaken.</font color=yellow></span hi> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Can you count?

    But of course, you are not mistaken, Becky.
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    Re: Can you count?

    I think the category might be pseudocheating <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>. I "quickly scanned" the sentence from last word to first word, a method I had to use proof reading in the "old" days. This supposedly prevents the brain from "jumping ahead" and preempting the wording (and therefore presumably skipping over its written equivalent). I guess I preempted the gotcha.

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