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
● 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?
6. Is this the month of May?
Without a doubt.
7. Will the Cubs ever win the world Series?
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?
11. Is global warming real?
Signs point to Yes
12. Will we ever achieve world peace?
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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