By Richard Wiseman
What could you do if somebody wager you they can stability a coin at the fringe of a banknote, stroll via a postcard, or make you progress your limbs during the energy of advice? may you are taking that bet?
From Richard Wiseman, the writer of the 350-million-view YouTube phenomenon, Quirkology, comes an exhilarating mixture of lateral pondering, magic tips and scintillating technology stunts that's guaranteed to entice curious minds everywhere.
Using basically your physique and daily family items, a hundred and one Bets you'll always Win is either a pragmatic advisor and illuminating exploration of the attention-grabbing technological know-how that underpins those doubtless very unlikely challenges.
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Place two of the coins at the base of the new triangle … … and then the third coin at the top of the new triangle. ON THE BUSES Say to your friend, ‘Imagine that you are the driver of a bus. At the start of your journey your bus is empty. Then you pick up four passengers. At the next stop two of the passengers get off the bus and another one gets on. Finally, at the next stop two more passengers get on the bus. ’ When your friend gives up, remind them that you said that they were the driver of the bus, and so the answer is their name!
Press the card onto the glass as you turn it over. Use a glass with a relatively large mouth and small base. This bet is all to do with air pressure. Air pressure is pushing up on the card from below, and the weight of the water is pushing down on the card from above. The force from the air pressure counteracts the force from the water, and the card stays exactly where it is. EVERY PENNY COUNTS Fill a wine glass to the brim with water and ask your friend how many pennies you can drop into the glass before the liquid starts to run down the outside.
However, put some oil around the rim of the glass and your finger will move more smoothly, and the glass won’t ring. Conversely, putting some vinegar on your finger beforehand will help remove any dirt or oil, and make it much easier to produce the note. In the nineteenth century this strange ringing effect was used to create an unusual musical instrument called the glass harmonica. Musicians would rub tuned glass bowls to create different notes, and it was widely believed that the eerie sounds made people go mad.
101 Bets You Will Always Win: The Science of the Seemingly Impossible by Richard Wiseman