101 Bets You Will Always Win: The Science of the Seemingly by Richard Wiseman

By Richard Wiseman

What might you do if anyone guess you they can stability a coin at the fringe of a banknote, stroll via a postcard, or make you progress your limbs in the course of the energy of recommendation? might you're taking that bet?

From Richard Wiseman, the writer of the 350-million-view YouTube phenomenon, Quirkology, comes an exciting mixture of lateral pondering, magic methods and scintillating technology stunts that's absolute to entice curious minds everywhere.

Using purely your physique and daily family gadgets, one hundred and one Bets you'll always Win is either a pragmatic advisor and illuminating exploration of the attention-grabbing technology that underpins those likely most unlikely challenges.

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To win the bet, move one of the matches to create a tiny square in the centre! EQUILATERAL Arrange nine matches like this. Now challenge your friend to move three matches and make four equilateral triangles. Oh, and none of the matches can overlap one another. To win the bet, take the three matches that make up the top triangle, and move them to make a new triangle that touches the remaining two triangles, like this. A TOUCHING PUZZLE Place six matches on a table and challenge your friend to arrange them in such a way that each match is touching all of the other matches.

Challenge your friend to rearrange the glasses like this … but they can only touch one glass. To win the bet, simply pick up Glass 2 and pour the liquid from that glass into Glass 5 … … then put Glass 2 back into position and you have won the bet! THE BIG DROP Take a toilet roll tube and explain that the bet is to drop it so that it lands standing up on its end. Your friend will fail every time. To win the bet, simply drop the tube on its side – it will bounce and land on its end! The bet works because the toilet roll tube will almost always bounce when it’s dropped.

To win the bet, place about twenty drawing pins on a table – amazingly, you can push a balloon onto the drawing pins without it bursting. When there is only one drawing pin, the entire force on the balloon is focused on that one tip, and so the resulting pressure easily breaks through the rubber of the balloon. However, when you push the balloon onto lots of drawing pins, the same force is distributed across all of the tips and so there is not enough resulting pressure from any single pin to penetrate the rubber.

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