Ask The Magic 8-Ball

Ask The Magic 8-Ball

Do you remember the Magic 8-ball?  Maybe you have one, today.  If you want your own, they  are still available. Like the ouija board, this was a popular item  when I was a  kid, and just getting interested in all kinds of  things.  But that's the past. The Magic 8-Ball is for predicting the future. And now, there are online versions, as well.

Here's how it works--Ask a question, and the Magic 8 ball replies with one of 20 possible answers. It has to be a Yes-or-No question, not a why, who, how, when, where,  or what question often posed on  Google today.  Courtesy  of  Wikipedia, the 20 answers inside a Magic 8 Ball are:

It is certain
It is decidedly so
● Without a doubt
● Yes definitely
● You may rely on it
● As I see it, yes
● Most likely
● Outlook good
● Yes
● Signs point to yes
● Reply hazy try again
● Ask again later
● Better not tell you now
● Cannot predict now
● Concentrate and ask again
● Don't count on it
● My reply is no
● My sources say no
● Outlook not so good
● Very doubtful

Let's ask it some questions. I used one of several online versions, and  a variety of  12 sample questions. This is by no means a scientific method--these results cannot be duplicated. You could ask the very same questions and get different responses.  Even if you argue that nothing can ever truly be duplicated--thank you, quantum physics--these results are just for fun.  And no, I am not making these answers  up---

1. Do these jeans make me look fat?

Better not tell you now.

Good answer. Very clever, Magic 8 ball!  Let's try something  a little more philosophical.

2. Is life a dream?

Ask again later

3. Are cats really space aliens?

Don't count on it.

4. Should I cut my hair short?

My  sources say  No

5. Will the Blackhawks win the playoffs?

Outlook good.

6. Is this the month of May?

Without a doubt.

7. Will the Cubs ever win the world Series?

Yes definitely

8. Will it rain tonight?

Cannot predict now

9. Will we ever have flying cars?

Don't count on it

10. Is there anybody out there?

Outlook good

11. Is global warming real?

Signs point to Yes

12. Will we ever achieve world peace?

Yes

Again, let me repeat the  disclaimer--these answers are for fun only and not intended to be definite predictions. This is not to be used for serious purposes like investment decisions,  romantic interests  or  travel plans.  This is not  Doppler Radar,  Pew Research or  Google Analytics. Yet, in this uncertain world,  isn't it a human tendency to wonder about  the future, to question  what comes next?

What questions would you ask the Magic 8  Ball?  Try it online here.

 

Want more a more scientific forecast?  Read  about it, here.

 

 

 

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  • Great fun, thank you! (OK, it's not Serious, but I can be Serious about fun, too!) One new answer came up when I tried the online link to the 8-ball, and it could be answer 21 in a new edition -- This page cannot be displayed.

  • In reply to MargaretSerious:

    Thanks for reading! About the link--in the words of Get Smart, "Sorry about that." I fixed it so you can Ask again later

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Uh-oh, I will Ask again!

  • Like Irene Hughes on New Year's Day: Most of the answers are vague and nobody checks later if the predicted happened. That is, except for #7, in which case the question was too open ended; it could have been predicting the next 100 years or so. Similar is 12; may be after the nuclear holocaust. So both sides are fudging.

  • In reply to jack:

    Somehow, though, it is convinced that the Cubs will win the World Series in 2015.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, I was going to say something about alternate realities, but I just asked it "Will the Cubs win the World Series in 2015?" The answer-- As I see it, Yes

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    It seems strangely consistent on that.

  • In reply to jack:

    And then it said "yes" for the Maple Leafs. However, the "outlook not so good" for the Rochester Amerks (who were eliminated from the Calder Cup by the Chicago Wolves).

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    I found its logical trap. I asked "Will the Yankees win the World Series in 2015" and it said "Certainly."

    On the other hand, it would not call the 2014 Stanley Cup for the BlackHawks or Rangers, but said more likely for the Kings.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack I warn you--this thing's addictive.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Not any more, once I found the logical flaw.

    Whatever happened to the Ouija board?

    BTW. I once won a deck of Tarot Cards from the Tribune. It was some sort of "name your patronage" contest, and, in accordance with the news then, I said "President Jenna Bush appoints cousin Noelle Bush as head of the DEA." Don't know what to do with the cards, though.

  • In reply to jack:

    The Kings?! SIGH!

  • In reply to MargaretSerious:

    Based on the results last night, that seems correct. Maybe the automaton had some effect on all the bad ref calls the radio crew said were made.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack. It was in the spirit of fun that I undertook this experiment. The online version may be like Google completing the search entry. But why the definite answer for the month of May?

  • Sounds like the Magic-8 Ball should run for office.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    My sources say Yes

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Maybe, maybe not, as it says that both Rauner and Quinn will not win the 2014 Illinois governor race.

    But maybe that's what makes it a politician.

  • Is this blog fun to read?

    Yes!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Thank you for reading!

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