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The Magic 8 Ball… Dissected!

8 Ball Dissected

It’s just the way of the world. As time passes, even the most cherished bits of magic and speculation are replaced by the icy cold stare of science’s headlight. We once thought the Earth was the center of the universe. Scratch that. We once thought that Mars was covered in whacked out Edgar Rice Burroughsian life. Forget it. We once thought that all you need is love. Nope–you have to have caffeine, too.

And now, another one bites the dust. Hanttula has taken the oracle by which many people (including Congress, it seems) lived their lives, and put it under the knife.

Not for the faint of heart, I assure you. Found via Digg.

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  • While I would never desecrate the all-knowing oracle…

    Bored at work one day, I mapped the 20-sided polygon, noting each reply and how each is positioned to the next. Having done this, I then surveyed the replies and noted 50% are positive, 25% are negative, and 25% are neutral or inconclusive.

    I suspect that licensed variations have different ratios, especially the “Series of Unfortunate Events” version.