Only 1.2 Percent of People Got a Perfect Score on This Photographic Memory Test—See If You Can

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Do you have a photographic memory, a thing that may or may not exist?

UK-based vision company Lenstore has a new online game called Photographic Memory. For just seven seconds, players are shown a variety of photos—10 images total—and have to answer multiple choice questions about them. For instance: you’ll see a busy photo filled with potted plants. What kind of pot are the plants in? They’ll ask you specific and detailed questions about colors, how many people are in the photo, what kind of food is in the bowl on the table, and what type of flag is hanging up, and what wasn’t in the photo. Some of the photos have a lot of content, while others are more minimal.

In June 2019, Lenstore surveyed 2000 UK adults who played the game. They discovered that six out of 10 was the most common score, with only 1.2 percent of participants getting all 10 questions correct. Seventy-one percent of the participants that received a perfect score were female, and 92 percent of those who scored 10 out of 10 do regular brain exercises.

Young people scored the best, with 66 percent of the perfect scores landing in the 18- to 34-year-old demographic, and 83 percent of perfect scores coming from people who have an artistic hobby and/or play video games at least once a week.

Those who want to work on their photographic memory skills can take the test multiple times; each time it includes a mix of familiar and new images. Once you know what to look for, the game becomes less frustrating. And then you can apply those skills to the real world.

In a press release, memory expert and author Kevin Horsley gave a tip for remembering: “Connect to what you already know,” he said. “If you wanted to remember that the Zulu word for dog is inja, then you could think of an injured dog. If you connect the new information to what you already know, then you will strengthen your memory network.”

Still Struggling to Solve a Rubik’s Cube? There’s an App for That

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Solving a Rubik's Cube is an easy way to impress your friends, but you don't need to be a math genius to crack the algorithm. With help from this app spotted by Lifehacker, you don't even need to memorize any tricks.

The Magic Cube Solver is a free app for iOS that calculates the fastest route to solving a Rubik's Cube based on its current pattern. To use it, start by inputting your cube's information by tapping the squares in the app's model and selecting the right colors. Hit "solve" and the tool will display step-by-step visual instructions you can follow to complete the puzzle. The stages are all laid out together and each one comes with a picture of what the cube looks like before and after you make your move, making it easy to follow along. No matter what configuration you're starting with, Magic Cube Solver will show you how to solve it in no more than 22 steps.

The app acts as more than a cheat to a particularly hard pattern. If you're interested in boosting your Rubik's Cube skills, you can select the "solve and learn" option after entering your information. This not only shows you the steps to take to solve it, but why it suggests those steps in the first place. Rather than applying a one-size-fits-all trick to every cube configuration, which isn't always efficient, Magic Cube Solver will teach how to recognize different patterns and show you which tricks work best for each one. The ultimate goal is to equip you with the skills you need to solve any Rubik's Cube without the app's help.

Magic Cube Solve is available to download from the App Store for free. The free version only shows you how to solve the classic three-by-three square cube. Solutions for two-by-two, four-by-four, and void cubes cost extra. To learn more about the Rubik's Cube and its origins, check out our list.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Washington State Department of Transportation Tweets Images of Possible Sasquatch Sighting

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Washington has long been a hotspot for sasquatch sightings, and the latest possible glimpse of Bigfoot comes straight from the state's government. As K5 News reports, webcams run by the Washington State Department of Transportation captured a figure that bears a strong resemblance to the hairy cryptid.

Most footage shot by the traffic cam above State Route 20 on Sherman Pass is standard fare, but recently, it spotted something unusual. The WSDOT Twitter account shared stills from the stream on January 22 with the caption: "Have you noticed something strange on our Sherman Pass/SR 20 webcam before? If you look closely by the tree on the left there looks to be something ... might be Sasquatch ... We will leave that up to you!"

The images show a dark figure skulking by the trees above the highway. Skeptics not convinced of Bigfoot's presence in Washington State received another piece of evidence the next day. On January 23, the official WSDOT Twitter account for Snoqualmie Pass tweeted video of a possible sasquatch striding across the wildlife crossing on I-90. It's not clear whether the images show something inhuman, a person pulling a hoax, or someone just bundled up for the cold.

Bigfoot sightings are so common in Washington that the legendary creature is written into the state's law. In 1969, Skamania County, Washington, passed official legislation stating that killing Bigfoot was punishable by up to five years in prison.

[h/t K5 News]

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