Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Psychic Challenge, Part I

Calling all psychics/remote viewers/clairvoyants/etc:

Here is my challenge to you. I have an envelope on top of my T.V. set. Very simply - what's inside? For bonus points, what is written on the envelope?

1. The envelope is 4 1/8" X 9 1/2" or standard letter size.

2. The envelope is not sealed.

3. For my remote viewing friends - let me narrow your search. I'm in Lincoln, NE 68512. I live in a third floor apartment.

4. If you need to know what I look like for some reason, check here.

5. I will be e-mailing the answer to 3 people - Skeptico, The 2% Company, and my webmaster. The time stamp on my e-mail will show that I did not change my answer after the fact.

6. For those who believe my negativity will have an adverse effect on your ability to "see" the object, please be assured I think it highly possible someone will guess correctly.

7. I hereby give everyone w/ paranormal superpowers full access to my thoughts/mind/soul.

8. You can e-mail me at rockstarryan AT rock.com or leave a comment with the answer. Just make sure I have a way of getting back to you if you are right. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous will, just let me know.

9. If there is anything unfair about this challenge, please e-mail me. All reasonable requests for change due to unfairness will be taken care of.

*UPDATED 9/1/05
10. Some people have expressed concern that there is a "trick" item in the envelope. No, the answer is not "nothing" or an intangible noun like "honor" or "hope". The envelope contents would be a standard noun/nouns.

*UPDATED 9/2/05
11. This is by no means a replacement for the very serious JREF Million Dollar Challenge. This is not a joke, I just hope the Amazing One is not offended. On a cool note, he did e-mail me back! (I'll never wash my computer again...)

Why should you do this? Well for one, if you can pass my challenge, you have a pretty good shot at passing Randi's challenge for one million dollars. Fair enough?

*UPDATED 9/12/05
Here is the answer!

27 comments:

justanimpartialfan said...

Yama Yama Yaaammma...I see...Yama Yama Yaaammma...a simple...Yama Yama Yaaammma...yes, a simple white envelope...Yama Yama Yaaammma...it looks to be...Yama Yama Yaaammma...about 3 5/8" X 6 1/2" in size...Yama Yama Yaaammma...I see 3 letters...Yama Yama Yaaammma...E..S..is that a C, no wait an L?...Yama Yama Yaaammma...It is in fact an L...Yama Yama Yaaammma...ESL..?.Yama Yama Yaaammma...English as a Second Language.?..Yama Yama Yaaammma...oh wait, sweating a little here, blurred my vision, LES...Yama Yama Yaaammma...YES, I now have a vision LES...Yama Yama Yaaammma...Lincoln Electric Systems.?..Yama Yama Yaaammma...Okay, this envelope contains you electric bill...Yama Yama Yaaammma
PHEWWWWWWWW!!! Now pay me my 1 Millyun Dollairs!!

Anonymous said...

Just FYI, for making sure you can not "retrofit" your answer, after receiving replies, it would be better to just publish a checksum for the ASCII text making up the information one is supposed to remote view.

This could for instance be done with MD5. For software and information, see e.g.

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~mabzug1/cs/md5/md5.html

This makes it virtually impossible for you, or any other similar challenger, to cheat. And anybody taking the challenge wouldn't have to trust neither you nor any of the people you emailed. (An email date is pretty worthless, as it can of course be faked very easily.)

Not that I believe anyone will be able to see the number(s) (or even bother responding to the challenge), but I thought you might like to know how to improve your protocol. :-)

Rockstar Ryan said...

Anonymous:

Thank you for the suggestion. I want this to be as fair as possible. I will try to do that!

Jesse said...

there is a jack of clubs from a blue hoyale card deck. And on the envelop is written the following "Bacon is warm"

AND again, if I am wrong, then I was just joking and this is my real answer: I have been given this gift of psychiness but was told, in a psychic vision, from myself in the future that I must not actually use my amazing talents, or else the whole world would cease to exist. Meaning, I must have made the world cease to exist in the future when I used my amazing powers to tell myself not to use them. Which means, who needs money? Therefor JAMES randi will not get to see me, and even if I proved my trueness, everything would cease to be, including the money. SO, as you can see, my claims cannont be falsified, so I win right?

**I would already know if I won if I used my powers, but again there is that pesky existence ceasing to exist business.... soooooo.... yeah.

Rimantas said...

bruteforcing md5 for the name of object would be trivial. If you are going to do post md5 hash of an answer wrap that answer in longer paragraph or two :)

Stewart Paterson said...

In the envelope is a paper clip and written is the word "cherubim"

I'm not psychic, I'm Skeptic with a capital S. Just interested in the odds of a right guess

Rockstar Ryan said...

I never really thought of what the odds of a correct guess would be.

Probably not very good.

Garnac said...

Inside the envelope is a one dollar bill. Written on the envelope is a gibberish word in block letters.

Rockstar Ryan said...

I'll let everyone know the correct answer in just a few days. Keep the guesses/intuitions coming!

panochia said...

I pick, a silver certificate, and on the envelope " Wifey, keep your thieving hands off this".

Solstice said...

This is just off the top of my head... but it is a card (birthday/anniversary, etc) and what is written is either the mailing information, or simply your name.

Joules *Dances with Haddock* Taylor said...

What a fun idea!

Ummm..... let's go with a picture/photo of an elephant. And the words, 'Crocodile god'. As being the most unlikely guess.

skepticwatcher said...

Your statement "For those who believe my negativity will have an adverse effect on your ability to "see" the object, please be assured I think it highly possible someone will guess correctly" seems at odds with everything else on your blog re such a possibility.

Rockstar Ryan said...

On the contrary Skepticwatcher:

I think it entirely plausible someone might guess correctly. Do I believe it is due to their "powers"?

Not one fucking lick.

Glintir said...

My powers indicate that inside the envelope is a quarter. Printed on the outside.. "Call someone who cares." What did you do to that girl Rockstar?

Tim said...

The envelope says "Rockstar's Prediction for Psychic Challenge"

A paper inside says "No one will fuckin' guess what's on this piece of paper, because remote viewing is fucking bullshit!!"

Rockstar Ryan said...

You all are awesome!

Tom Allen said...

Tricksy hobbit! *gollum* Gots my Preciousss in your envelope, you do. *gollum gollum* Just like that thieving tricksy Bilbo and his nasssty nephew Frodo. And it was my birthday present, it was!

Bogey McDuff said...

Inside the envelope is a lock of Rodney Allen Rippy's hair and a couple of toenail clippings from Joey Heatherton.

What do I win?

andy said...

I say that inside the envelope it says "Coffee cup" and on the outside it says "You guessed wrong."

How did I do?

No, no, don't be impressed, not even I can fully explain my gift of psychic hindsight!

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Rockstar Ryan said...

Man, this one got spizzammed all to hell...

Bronze Dog said...

More spammizle cleaned out, permanently.