By Richard Wiseman
What could you do if anyone wager you they can stability a coin at the fringe of a banknote, stroll via a postcard, or make you progress your limbs throughout the energy of advice? might you're taking that bet?
From Richard Wiseman, the author of the 350-million-view YouTube phenomenon, Quirkology, comes an exciting mixture of lateral considering, magic methods and scintillating technological know-how stunts that is certain to entice curious minds everywhere.
Using in simple terms your physique and daily loved ones items, one zero one Bets you'll always Win is either a pragmatic consultant and illuminating exploration of the attention-grabbing technological know-how that underpins those possible most 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!
If you use a plastic bottle, though, and make some holes in the side of the bottle, it will be easy to blow the lid inside it. PITCH PERFECT Balance two matches on the rim of a glass. Challenge your friend to make the matches fall into the glass, but without touching the objects, blowing on them, or knocking on the table. To win the bet, place a second wine glass next to the first one, wet your finger, and rub the rim of the second wine glass until it resonates. The sound will make the matches fall into the wine glass!
They might guess five or six. You will win the bet because the answer is an amazing twelve coins! IN CREDIT Pour some water into a glass and then balance a credit card on the edge of the glass like this. Next, challenge your friend to balance some coins on the overhanging end of the credit card. They will fail because the credit card will fall off the glass. To win the bet, completely fill the glass with water and then place the credit card on top of the glass. The credit card will stick to the surface of the water and you will find that you can place several coins on the overhanging end of the credit card.