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BigPapaSmurf
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Posted - 07/30/2009 :  07:10:49  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ok everyone, I'll be taking suggestions for questions in next years Psychic contest, the requirements are that the answers must be easily verifiable on New Years 2011 and must be significantly harder than a yes/no question. I'm trying not to have too many questions revolving around money, though this is tricky, I removed the stock picks because there are too many factors involved like selling/splitting/bankrupcy etc., I will be adding the price of rice to the list as it is a good and worldly question.

"...things I have neither seen nor experienced nor heard tell of from anybody else; things, what is more, that do not in fact exist and could not ever exist at all. So my readers must not believe a word I say." -Lucian on his book True History

"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini

Dave W.
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Posted - 08/16/2009 :  15:51:17   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How about the number of times my car will break down?

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astropin
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Posted - 08/17/2009 :  11:13:46   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send astropin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dave W.

How about the number of times my car will break down?


define "break down"

I would rather face a cold reality than delude myself with comforting fantasies.

You are free to believe what you want to believe and I am free to ridicule you for it.

Atheism:
The result of an unbiased and rational search for the truth.

Infinitus est numerus stultorum
Edited by - astropin on 08/17/2009 11:14:10
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H. Humbert
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Posted - 08/17/2009 :  11:51:54   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send H. Humbert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like celebrity deaths, so I was thinking something like celebrity divorces/break-ups might be a good one. Who could of seen the drama that Jon and Kate would become? But that's not necessarily truly random and greater social awareness might lead to more accurate predictions even sans psychic powers. Then again, the same could be said for predicting highest grossing movie, where a person who more closely follows the Hollywood buzz would have an easier time predicting winnings. It's hard to think of things which are totally random. Stocks were a good idea, but I can see why they would be a paint to score.

What about picking a specific place, say Death Valley or Mount Rainier, and have everyone guess the total yearly rainfall? Past averages would be helpful, but I think there is enough variation to make this a fun option.


"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true." --Demosthenes

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool." --Richard P. Feynman

"Face facts with dignity." --found inside a fortune cookie
Edited by - H. Humbert on 08/17/2009 11:52:05
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Dude
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Posted - 08/17/2009 :  12:06:26   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Question for 2010 contest:

What is in Dude's pocket?


Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
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"god :: the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument." - G. Carlin

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The handmaiden of desperation; the opiate of despair; the illegible signpost on the road to perdition. ~~ da filth
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BigPapaSmurf
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Posted - 08/17/2009 :  12:06:55   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Average rainfall, good one H.

"...things I have neither seen nor experienced nor heard tell of from anybody else; things, what is more, that do not in fact exist and could not ever exist at all. So my readers must not believe a word I say." -Lucian on his book True History

"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini
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Dude
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Posted - 08/17/2009 :  12:09:17   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Dude a Private Message  Reply with Quote
BPS can pick a random day in 2010 and I'll PM him the exact contents of my pockets that evening.

edited to add:
It could be a monthly feature of the game! On the 1st of every month people could submit their prediction, BPS picks a random day during that month, etc...


Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong.
-- Thomas Jefferson

"god :: the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument." - G. Carlin

Hope, n.
The handmaiden of desperation; the opiate of despair; the illegible signpost on the road to perdition. ~~ da filth
Edited by - Dude on 08/17/2009 12:12:11
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astropin
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Posted - 08/17/2009 :  13:50:00   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send astropin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dude

BPS can pick a random day in 2010 and I'll PM him the exact contents of my pockets that evening.

edited to add:
It could be a monthly feature of the game! On the 1st of every month people could submit their prediction, BPS picks a random day during that month, etc...




lol....I like it.

I would rather face a cold reality than delude myself with comforting fantasies.

You are free to believe what you want to believe and I am free to ridicule you for it.

Atheism:
The result of an unbiased and rational search for the truth.

Infinitus est numerus stultorum
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Dave W.
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Posted - 08/22/2009 :  21:29:54   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by astropin

Originally posted by Dave W.

How about the number of times my car will break down?
define "break down"
Causing a delay in my trip of more than five minutes (I'll be honest, I swear), not including flat tires. My car is a 1998 Saturn which, next month sometime, will roll past 200K miles, and which, last week, refused to start for more than 10 minutes because of a malfunctioning air-intake motor and a blown fuse.

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