Awesome Brain Teaser!

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I was browsing through Facebook just now when I saw this awesome post by @emancipatedhuman. I re-shared it here.

Oh my gosh.

It's so good.

I had to share it with you also. It only really works if you see it in your feed on a mobile device, but oh man, does it work!

Here's what I saw:

Okay, so it's not the best grammar. Get over that for a second. Spend some time and figure out what you think the answer is.

























Be sure to look really closely. You might have missed something.

























Do you think you have it? If so, quickly scroll down to the comments and leave your answer. (Scroll slower if you want the answer revealed to you).

























If you said none, you're actually wrong. That was my first guess, and I was wrong.

Why, you say? Well, on my mobile phone, there's more than meets the eye. If you click the image, you see this:

If you click the image again, you see this:

Tricky! The answer is 8!

But here's what I love about this puzzle. It exposes the confirmation bias in us all. We all think we're "above average," and we all want to latch on to an answer once we think we have it which resolves our cognitive dissonance. We're happy with ourselves and maybe even feeling a bit smug and superior to everyone else who "got it wrong."

Even though I think 8 is the correct answer (I originally, confidently, and incorrectly thought it was none), a good argument can be made for "it depends."

How much water pressure is there?

Too much and the right answer will be 1.

How much liquid is there?

Not enough and the answer will be none.

Does "filled" mean "full" or does it mean "in the process of being filled"?

If the later, the answer is again, 1.

It's such a great puzzle for exposing how quickly we think we're right but can still be wrong. It shows us how we make assumptions when maybe we shouldn't. Keep this one in mind the next time you are so sure you're right and someone else is wrong.

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@lukestokes - Lol - the engineer in me said 'depends on water flow rate and the size of orifices and pipe diameters!! However, you are right - I had completely missed the 8th cup.
Thanks- was an interesting brain teaser and your take on the biases is interesting.
Upvoted.
Regards,

@vm2904

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haha, we must have been brainwashed in school because I was thinking the same thing ><.

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Lol - yes. typical school education does not encourage us to keep eyes open and think outside the box

Okay, maybe I have a mental block, but I don't see how it is 8 over 6. The reason is that 6 would have to fill before the water got high enough in 2 to drop into 7 and then 8. What am I missing?

Edited to add: never mind, found it! Dang!

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I did the same thing!

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Can we say "great minds"? lol

Dang, I thought I was clever for arriving at 6. I knew I was jumping to conclusions too quickly...

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Haha so did I.. the first time I was scrolled back up I "realized" it was 6 and was so confident scrolling back down to find out the answer lol, thanks for sharing @lukestokes

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It's such a good puzzle!

I love these kinds of puzzles... and I went through the whole... "none" to "1" to "potentially unanswerable." Very cool-- thanks for sharing!

I’m pretty sure this is an edited version of the original I saw... I’ve seen a version where the block to 3 didn’t exist, so the answer was definitely 3. Even then I still missed the answer initially because I wasn’t noticing all the blockages and holes. This is a fun variation on it though.

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Someone just shared that version with me on Facebook! Quite interesting.

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Cool, I didn’t go back to check that I wasn’t imagining it! This one I even noticed how the 8 is a different font size. It is a good twist on it, playing with the conventions of the screen and demanding another layer of attention to detail!

I started with 4 and thought 'wait, this is too easy...' and then I was sure it was 6, and thought I was done. Good puzzle!

@lukestokes
This is awesome, this puzzle really got me thinking. My first answer was cup 4, but having a closer look at the blocked pipe made me go for cup 6 and there was no outlet, went further to choose cup7 not knowing the cup itself is having an outlet ...but in all sincerity, I never saw cup 8.

From your analysis, I think I was feeling so sure about my answers just as you said

we all think we're "above average," and we all want to latch on to an answer once we think we have it which resolves our cognitive dissonance. We're happy with ourselves and maybe even feeling a bit smug and superior to everyone else who "got it wrong."

I think you are right and I will really love to add this that we should all look at things closely before giving answer confidently, which I am also guilty of.

This puzzle really got me thinking about humans and how we see things from different perspective and how we arrived at our results...this is really helpful.

Thanks for sharing this.
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@bekky

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Thanks for sharing! Glad you enjoyed it.

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Welcome

Tricky! The answer is 8! Haha :)) I guess the answer it's 7, because the pipe from 1 to 3 it's blocked, same as the way from 3 to 4 and for 2 to 6. BUT THEN I REALISED! You were not joking with that 8. Good job!

Haha! I saw this post on my feed earlier and had a good chuckle when I saw the discussions. It's always great to just have a laugh about it after everything is said and done. I do fall for these things from time to time as well, but I always make it a point to look at the big picture. In this case, it was a literal interpretation of it haha!

The blockage going to 3 was just so subtle, and the closed off passage from 2 to 6 could be easily missed because one would expect every hole is open. The leak in 7 would immediately make someone think that it's never going to get filled. If the image isn't enlarged, one could easily just miss 8.

Without cheating, ( I did not look at the answer), I say cup 4. Water will never reach any other cup, except number 1.

I am sure there is a catch that I haven’t spotted, (otherwise the question would be too easy), so I will now scroll to the answer.

Without cheating, ( I did not look at the answer), I say cup 4. Water will never reach any other cup, except number 1.

I am sure there is a catch that I haven’t spotted, (otherwise the question would be too easy), so I will now scroll to the answer.

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At first I thought 4 also. Then I thought surely none. Then later people used a number I didn't think was in the picture at all. And then, I was enlightened. :)

Haha. That's funny Luke. I'm part of the 99%. lol. But I still feel like a genius compared to whoever wrote "Which cup get filled firstly?". This post really hit my funny bone for some reason. Nice share!

I hope someone doesn't post the Monty Hall problem... otherwise all hell would break loose! Have to admit I didn't scroll down far enough to see 8, but your point about confirmation bias is taken :)

Learn some new from your post. Love to read it.

I really hate puzzles like this.
To me, they are stupidly easy,.. except for the gotcha.

oops, you didn't see that one empty pixel so blah blah blah.
or you didn't consider this stupid possibility...

When, I did consider those things, but I have to work with people that have imperfect drawings, and do not want to take the time to consider, or even talk about all possibilities.

So, in the end, I am damned if I do, and damned if I don't.
And put down for being too smart

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"Too smart" and yet you didn't see or consider important details? Life is, in many ways, just a series of gotchas we have to navigate through.

Have you considered maybe you just think you're too smart?

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No, I think I am not smart enough.

My life is a string of having to limit all factors (that I have thought of) to my best guess at what other people can take in and respond to.

I think I am rather dumb for not being able to explain such concepts such as why base 12 math is far better for science, or why magnetism proves the aether. And these are simple concepts, but I used them so that you would get a taste.

So, basically, what questions such as the one you displayed. All they do is say, you are not good enough at communicating. And since I have always been misunderstood, that hits below the belt.

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Like it

there was no cup 8 in the first one : (

Love it

I enjoyed reading your post. There is a lot of good stuff.

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At first I thought 4. Then I thought none. I was so sure I was right when I came up with none. I was surprised to find out I was wrong.

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The problem was that I answered without seeing the entire picture... LOL. Otherwise I would have said 8 yes. Of course... assumes a certain pressure, that is irrelevant here... otherwise we have to consider other things like spiling... and gravity.

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I can keep my answer... and be right. Just need to say... depends... but assuming XYZ... the answer is this.

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That's the challenge with our perception of reality. It never quite has the entire picture, even if we think it does.

Yeah! It's so good.

I think post has been very good. If there are some education issues, then we need to see them well and understand the boards and make a good command, your post is very good.

I hate puzzles like this.. hehe .. I thought it was 4. but oh well.

Looks like 4 to me....

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At first, I thought that also. Then I looked really closely. Then I was sure I had the right answer. And I was wrong. :)

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Okay. I get it :)

could be 5 because when overflowing the water drops first in the bucket 5 😁🙌 I think win win hahaha. greetings entertain me with this post.👏👍

@lukestokes
This is awesome, this puzzle really got me thinking. My first answer was cup 4, but having a closer look at the blocked pipe made me go for cup 6 and there was no outlet, went further to choose cup7 not knowing the cup itself is having an outlet ...but in all sincerity, I never saw cup 8.

From your analysis, I think I was feeling so sure about my answers just as you said

we all think we're "above average," and we all want to latch on to an answer once we think we have it which resolves our cognitive dissonance. We're happy with ourselves and maybe even feeling a bit smug and superior to everyone else who "got it wrong."

I think you are right and I will really love to add this that we should all look at things closely before giving answer confidently, which I am also guilty of.

This puzzle really got me thinking about humans and how we see things from different perspective and how we arrived at our results...this is really helpful.

Thanks for sharing this.
Followed, upped and resteemed
@bekky

I concluded six also until I scrolled down and saw the answer was eight! Dumbfounded I went back and saw the other block and couldn't believe I missed it! Nice one Luke and lots o' fun!

LOL i didn't even see 8 in the corner! haha nice share

Haha I agree with you on this one....however the question can be very tricky and we move with speed thinking that we know the answe...good one indeed-thanks and I hope the site is working great for you now...not all that well for me hence why I couldnt comment for a while now...I cited you on my latest post about the issue -feel free to see it and happy weekend.