HOW KEEN IS YOUR OBSERVATION?

227

You are driving a bus which contains fifty people. The bus makes one stop and ten people get-off, while three people get on. At the next stop seven people get-off the bus, and two people get on. There are two more stops at which four passengers get off each time, and three fares get on at one stop, and none at the other. At this point, the bus has to stop because of mechanical trouble. Some of the passengers are in a hurry and decides to walk. So, eight people get off the bus. When the mechanical trouble is taken care of, the bus goes to the stop and rest of the people gets off.

I know you may be thinking that I will ask questions over the paragraph above. Of course, I will. But what are these questions is what you don’t know. If I ask you the total stop the bus makes altogether, you might have an answer for that. Or if I ask you the total number of the passengers, you may as well provide the answer. But my questions will not touch those areas. I have two questions to ask you. The first question is, without re-reading the paragraph, how many passengers remained in the bus before it developed mechanical fault?

I know, to get the answer may not take your entire time. Don’t be elated because if you get an answer for the first question, you don’t know what the second question is. Well, despite the simpleness of the first question, I still get some people who read the paragraph but don’t observe or pay attention as Samuel Johnson once said “The true art of memory is the art of attention”. For such people to get the answer, somehow it will be difficult for them. It is not because they have poor memory but they fail to pay attention to what they read. After all, there is nothing like poor memory but untrained memory. Every memory needs to be trained through observation, simply because we can only remember what we observe.

I know you are eager, after you have answered the first question, to have the second question. Exercise patience. I will ask but am shedding more lights on those facts about memory. Are you ready for the second question?

If yes, wait let me give you answer for the first question. The answer is 33 passengers.
You can now give the paragraph another look to be very sure of the provided answer.

Welcome back for the second question. What is the bus driver’s name? Remember the rule: no re-read.

I’ve tried this on many people but alas only 30% of them all got the answer correctly. What I’m doing now is what the magicians called “misdirection”- To take you out of the correct path in the presence of your confidence. To know how keen your observation is and to take you along to where you have no business. Because without this, making you doubts your answer, you will arrive easily on a right answer.

You may be saying to yourself that I’m saying too much. Well, you are very correct, but it is very good to do that since I know you have no answer for the second question, have you? Don’t forget that you have read the paragraph twice.

The second question asks you the name of the bus driver. The name of the bus driver is your name! The paragraph starts with the word YOU.
Only people with vast observation and retentive memory can answer the second question in a blink of an eye. Of course, I must show you how mediocre your memory is. In fact, I know some people who don’t know whether the number on their wristwatch is written in Roman figure or Arabic number. I bet it, you don’t know yours, do you?

In fact, you may, as well, have no answer for the following question:
Which light is on the top of the traffic light?
No! Don’t get discouraged or feel embarrassed, I’m just testing your observation. You can even do this on your friend(s).

Well, if not every day at least once in a week you do come across traffic light but what you fail to do is you don’t pay attention to what you see.
Red is always on top of the traffic light. Green is always on the bottom. If there is a third color, it is usually yellow, for caution, and that one is always in the center.

Verdict: We have interest in only the things we are interested. Make up your mind that you will be interested in remembering names, faces, dates, figures, facts, anything. Not everything you see or hear should be in writing. I concur on what Harry Lorayne said ” However, using pencil and paper as substitute for memory is certainly not going to improve memory” Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to write things down but what if the paper gets lost or torn. Mind you, there are some things you only need to memorize.


About Abdulrasheed Lawal

He is an experienced Educationist, a Poet and an Inspirational Writer who has touched many lives immensely through his creative Poems,  Articles and Short Stories. He currently resides in Ibadan, Nigeria. You can reach him via Email at ‘r.tupac2020@yahoo.com


 

227 COMMENTS

  1. web site

    […]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a handful of unrelated data, nonetheless really worth taking a search, whoa did one understand about Mid East has got far more problerms as well […]

  2. I simply want to say I’m newbie to blogging and certainly liked your blog site. Likely I’m want to bookmark your site . You definitely have amazing articles and reviews. With thanks for revealing your web site.

  3. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who had been conducting a little homework on this.
    And he in fact ordered me dinner due to the fact that I discovered it for him…

    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this issue here on your web site.

  4. Having read this I believed it was rather informative.
    I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this content together.
    I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and leaving comments.
    But so what, it was still worth it!

  5. Since shifting right here I’ve been requested many instances to explain Lagos.

    Questions like: is it harmful? Enjoyable? Thrilling? Chaotic?
    Is the site visitors as dangerous as they are saying?
    After making an attempt my finest to paint an image of the industrial
    and cultural capital of the largest black nation on earth, I normally run out of phrases
    and conclude with one thing alongside the traces of, ‘You must see it your self.’ Both by
    circumstance, design or a mix of each, Lagos is an outlier.

    With a inhabitants, anyplace between 17 million and 23 million, it’s probably the most
    populous cities on the earth. Regardless of being the smallest state out
    of the 36 by space, as of 2015 it accounts for 60% of economic and industrial exercise within the nation. It generates billions of internally generated income
    every year and is a world hub of commerce and tradition. If Lagos
    had been a rustic, it could have the fifth largest economic system on the continent.
    However it’s not simply concerning the numbers.

    Industrial clout apart, Lagos has established itself
    as a metropolis the place issues are doable.

    Individuals from everywhere in the nation transfer to Lagos looking
    for an opportunity of a greater life. In a 2016 assertion,
    Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos state stated 86 immigrants transfer to town each
    minute with no plan to go away, that’s 123, 840 individuals a day.
    It’s estimated the inhabitants of Lagos is about to double in 15 years.
    The governor acknowledged that offering for an growing quantity of individuals could be a giant problem town has to face and Lagosians wait with baited breath.

    In a rustic the place politicians are extra typically derided for his or her empty guarantees and lip service, numerous Lagosians
    give the administration (notably the final
    three) a whole lot of credit score for reworking it into the powerhouse it’s.
    The bold mega metropolis challenge is upping the ante to promote Lagos as a worldwide metropolis.
    Street works, a proposed fourth mainland bridge, the introduction of BRT
    buses and a proposed gentle rail to spice up transportation companies, an emphasis on tradition and leisure, and Eko Atlantic – maybe the government’s most bold plan (a
    brand new coastal metropolis adjoining to Victoria Island).
    This is a good information for traders and the budding center class,
    however what in regards to the poor?

    Regardless of the city’s achievements and wealth, there are
    nonetheless main gaps by way of financial prosperity.
    20% of Lagosians are susceptible to poverty in keeping with
    The Oxford Poverty and Human Improvement initiative (OPHI).
    In line with The World Financial institution, two out of three Lagosians stay in slums, hundreds of thousands
    of Lagosians can’t entry clear water and sanitation is poor in consequence.

    As well as to those, current administrations have been accused of ‘waging struggle on the city poor’ by implementing insurance policies that basically criminalise poverty.
    From demolitions of Makoko in 2012 to Otodo Gbame extra lately, scores of Lagosians have been left homeless, with nowhere to go.
    What was their crime? Not fitting into the imaginative
    and prescient of a world Lagos? A whole bunch of hundreds of Lagosians make their
    residing by hawking on the streets and street-facet buying and selling.
    By banning this exercise with out implementing a
    viable various, what’s to turn out to be of those Lagosians?
    Malls, trains and coastal cities are nice, however at what expense?

    The phrases of Herbert Humphrey, the 38th Vice President of the United States spring
    to thoughts: “…The ethical check of authorities is how that authorities treats these who’re within the daybreak of life, the kids; these who’re within the twilight of life, the elderly; and people who’re within the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” With that in thoughts, how does Lagos honest?

    What can we say about Lagos, the town of desires, the place something is feasible?
    Because it strikes into the subsequent 50 years
    let’s hope it stays a metropolis that’s open for all.

  6. I would like to thnkx for the efforts you have put in writing this website.
    I am hoping the same high-grade blog post from you in the upcoming
    as well. Actually your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own website now.

    Really the blogging is spreading its wings fast.
    Your write up is a good example of it.

  7. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you
    wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit,
    but other than that, this is wonderful blog. A great read.
    I will certainly be back.

  8. Good day! Fantastic statement! I love the way you defined HOW KEEN IS YOUR OBSERVATION?.
    Super! Motivate definitely one of my best web-sites! It can be a
    huge captivate to learn blog posts on type outstanding artice writer .

    Developing big ability as a copywriter is great however it is not anyone
    can be described as a extremely playwright. So what for you to do in the case because this to write substantially however they are
    unhealthy marketing .
    One don’t realise whether Actually take on this dilemma without it website bit.ly.
    The group on your homepage enables outstanding user reviews of various case authoring providers to help
    aid folks remain away from fraud and obtain the best firms

  9. Whats up! Perfect statement! I enjoy the method that you
    characterized HOW KEEN IS YOUR OBSERVATION?.
    This blog is superb! It doesn’t happy through which I’ve
    thought it was. Everything submissions are interesting and well crafted .

    I’m a lttle bit jealous since i can’t write virtually you actually.
    Formulating sports activity causes my family yowl also pressured because I require publish substantially
    from today’s entertaining physique .
    In such instances I normally visit this website http://www.youtube.com where by In a position purchase sizable
    reports and opt for tried and true creatingsite

  10. Young Money

    […]although internet sites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we really feel they are truly worth a go through, so have a look[…]

Comments are closed.