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The Presenter
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From Myspace bulletin:

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Find whats wrong here...

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Did you know that 80% of Stanford students could not find the error above? Repost this with the title "Find the Error", and when you click Post Bulletin, the answer will show**Real Obvious

First of all, shoot the answer if you're so damn clever.

But second, is it true that 80% of Stanford students couldn't do this? Was this quiz even given to Standford students?

-Ralphy

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Purple Iguana
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Is it a zero instead of an O? If that's not it, then I don't know what it could be.

And dunno about Stanford.

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glass papaya
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quote:
Originally posted by Purple Iguana:
Is it a zero instead of an O? If that's not it, then I don't know what it could be.


I suppose. Is is it a 0 instead of an O?

Yep.

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guruwan2b
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Find what's wrong here.... The apostrophe in "what's" is missing. You are diverted to the alphabet to cover up for the error in the first sentence....

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Purple Iguana
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Interesting... I totally missed the missing apostrophe. But to be fair, that's because I get so many emails that look like they were written by a 5 year old that I tend to gloss over minor typos.

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I can spot an apostrophe error at fifty paces, but I was misled by the thread title, "Find the Alphabet Error."
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GenYus
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I wouldn't have spotted the "whats" error, but I can spot a misplaced zero at 2O paces.

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The M is upside down and in the W's place, and vice versa.

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glass papaya
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quote:
Originally posted by GenYus:
I wouldn't have spotted the "whats" error, but I can spot a misplaced zero at 2O paces.

[lol]
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BeachLife
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It's a 0 instead of an O. But I'm not sure what the real point is. The two are expressed the same, we've just developed fonts and other conventions to make them different. If 100% of the people missed it I'm not sue why it matters.

Beach...unless they are trying to type O into a numeric-only field...Life!

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The error is in the requested "Find the Error" title. It suggests a singular error when there are multiple errors.

The first error is posting that thing in the first place.

The second is the missing apostrophe.

The third is the zero in place of the "O".

The fourth is that this "test" was given to Stanford students. They've copied that from another "spot the obvious, miss the subtle" test that circulates.

Since I'm not familiar with MySpace, I'm unsure about the fifth one. Namely, that unless MySpace has some kind of grammar/spell check (and judging by some of the drivel I've seen I doubt it does) then it won't show the answer.

Any other errors that I've missed?

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Richard W
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Apart from the zero and the missing apostrophe (which I also missed, partly because of the thread title), they've also missed out the clause "but a class of four-year-olds all spotted it immediately" after the part about Stanford students.
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Dog Friendly
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A musician friend of mine likes to say "There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who understand arithmetic and those who don't".

Dog Friendly

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snopes
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The obvious error is that the Roman alphabet is horizontal, not vertical.

- snopes

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Tootsie Plunkette
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I'm intrigued by the "80% of Stanford Students" thing. Did someone really test all the students at Stanford on this? Or even a representative sample? Or... any of them at all?

I think this is one of the 73.2% of statistics that are made up on the spot.

ETA: 100% of people using my computer at this time completely missed that this had already been pointed out by several other posters.

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Easy. They forgot the Å, Ä and Ö at the end. Stupid non-Swedish Stanfordians...

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Signora Del Drago
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Tootsie, YOMANK! 100% of the people using my computer at this time think that since this was posted on MySpace, the answer, if given, would not have included the missing apostrophe. N'yuk, n'yuk, n'yuk.

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GenYus
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quote:
Originally posted by Dog Friendly:
A musician friend of mine likes to say "There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who understand arithmetic and those who don't".

Dog Friendly

I like: There are 10 kinds of people in the world. Those who understand binary and those who don't.

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Signora Del Drago
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Binary is as easy as 01, 10, 11.

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The Presenter
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quote:
Originally posted by Buzzkiller:
I can spot an apostrophe error at fifty paces, but I was misled by the thread title, "Find the Alphabet Error."

Good point. The bulletin is just titled "find the error." I wasn't sure what to title the thread and I didn't know the riddle answer when I made it.

And I also agree with the person that pointed out how emails have so many errors that you tend to gloss over things like that. I'm not too impressed with this puzzle.

-Ralphy

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http://www.layoutjunk.com/i1i1i1i1i.php

I just found this !! It is the zero thing

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DaGuyWitBluGlasses
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quote:
Find whats wrong here...
It has three periods instead of an ellipsis "…"

And note the word "here," (not below) since the periods are closer to here than any other mistake…

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There is no error. Well, the apostrophe is, and the ellipses, but none in the list.

Without a statement to the effect that the list is supposed to be the alphabet, it is simply a collection of 25 letters and one number. Without knowing what it's "supposed" to be, we can't know how it's "in error" for that target layout.

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Why do you suppose those Stanford students couldn't spot the error? Do you think it might be because people are handing them piles of pointless busywork when they have neither the time nor the ambition to play unnecesary kiddie games?

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quote:
Originally posted by Amigone201:
Why do you suppose those Stanford students couldn't spot the error? Do you think it might be because people are handing them piles of pointless busywork when they have neither the time nor the ambition to play unnecesary kiddie games?

...My experience and interactions with Ivy League students suggests they have an overwhelming preference for unnecessary kiddie games. Overrated punks!

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Ah, well first of all, Stanford is not in the Ivy League. But still, everyone loves mindless games, especially college students. It's called avoidance behavior.

Second of all, this is pretty much the dumbest thing ever. Once I hear myspace, I automatically assume "internet punctuation." I'm pretty sure anyone would notice this on, say, a paper they were about to hand in.

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quote:
Originally posted by Dog Friendly:
A musician friend of mine likes to say "There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who understand arithmetic and those who don't".

Dog Friendly

There are actually 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't.

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Rats, you caught one of my mindless habits: Referring to all prestigious schools as Ivy League. Another error in the thread! Look out!

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quote:
Originally posted by Damian:
quote:
Originally posted by Dog Friendly:
A musician friend of mine likes to say "There are three kinds of people in the world: Those who understand arithmetic and those who don't".

Dog Friendly

There are actually 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don't.
Methinks you missed the post of GenYus. [lol] You probably also missed "Binary is as easy as 01, 10, 11."
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Originally posted by I'mNotDedalus:
Rats, you caught one of my mindless habits: Referring to all prestigious schools as Ivy League. Another error in the thread! Look out!

Who is this "Rats" to whom you spake? [Confused]

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...You know, "Rats!" as in "Damn it!" or "Skittles in the Sink!" or "I'm pregnant!"

(Not a reference to anyone, but the post was a reply to El Camino's superior scan)

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You're pregnant? Man, you're going to be rich. Rich, I tell you! Who do you want to play you in the movie of your life? IMO, Hugh Jackman would be good.

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I believe the role is already cast to the one and only Arnold.
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Damian
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quote:
Originally posted by El Camino:
I believe the role is already cast to the one and only Arnold.

The little kid from "Diff'rent Strokes"?????

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quote:
Originally posted by Damian:
quote:
Originally posted by El Camino:
I believe the role is already cast to the one and only Arnold.

The little kid from "Diff'rent Strokes"?????
No the one and only Arnold.

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