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Old February 23rd, 2011, 09:53 AM
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80% of University of California students failed to find the error below.

Find the error, its impossible!

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Can you find the error? It will drive you crazy!
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 10:37 AM
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The error is in the title, "Find the error, its impossible!"
There should be an apostrophe in "its", because it is a contraction of "it is".
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Correct ,Donna .I think you should get a prize
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Yep, I agree with Donna, there is no error except in the title. "Its" is correct if the word is as a posessive, i.e. "He was under its control" or to use both versions in the same sentence, "It's only one of its parts."

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Ok, then why all the numbers? It is made to have you look at that and find no error?? Not liking that one...
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:15 PM
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the error is in the title, "find the error, its impossible!"
there should be an apostrophe in "its", because it is a contraction of "it is".
Do i win a ship on a stick? :d

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Old February 23rd, 2011, 05:24 PM
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To me the "error" is not explaining the point of the numbers, apart from the sequence of them there seems no point to it.
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I agree John, very misleading IMHO...
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Old February 23rd, 2011, 07:00 PM
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Maybe the error is in the error of looking for it?
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Old February 24th, 2011, 05:59 AM
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It is meant to be misledaing. The majority of people would assume the error was in the numbers and never look at the title.

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Old February 24th, 2011, 12:51 PM
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Magicians call this "misdirection" and it is a very important part of every magic trick. Causing the audience (or readers) to look away from what is actually important allows the trick to work. Of course those scantily dressed assistants are a big part of it.

Maybe I should have put in a girl in a bikini instead of the numbers ?

Actually, in addition to the its/it's error, there are two other errors also.

The sentence itself is a grammatically incorrect comma splice. Remember your English teacher telling you about that?

And finally, if 80% of the students failed to get it, that means 20% did, so it is merely hard, but not IMPOSSIBLE!
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Hey Mike! We gotta' smart bunch of gals around these parts!

If you haven't, now read my latest post on the Cathedral thread.

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