Can You Recognize Hollywood’s Most Famous Movie Cars Just From Their Outlines?

The DeLorean time machine from 1985's Back to the Future.
The DeLorean time machine from 1985's Back to the Future.
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From Batman’s Batmobile to Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Machine, some of the cars in classic Hollywood productions seem like characters themselves. In others—1968’s The Love Bug, for example, or the entire Transformers franchise—they actually are.

In short, you’d probably recognize one of Hollywood’s most famous cars if it happened to be parked right in front of you, regardless of whether or not it exhibited any sentient qualities. However, what if you were only looking at a faint outline?

UK-based vehicle leasing broker Select Car Leasing created a quiz to find out just that, based on a test that car designers and manufacturers use to discern how aerodynamic certain vehicles are. In it, they place the car in a wind tunnel and blow white smoke toward it, making it obvious which design elements are affecting the path of the smoke (and how).

So Select Car Leasing developed a virtual wind tunnel for Hollywood’s venerated vehicles, tracked the hypothetical path of white “smoke” over them, and then removed the vehicles—leaving you to guess which car was there from the silhouette of the smoke waves.

Since it’s a multiple-choice quiz with three options for each question, your chances of guessing correctly are pretty good, even if you don’t remember every curve of every car in Hollywood (or even the make and model).

Along with the aforementioned movie automobiles, you’ll see possible answers from series like Back to the Future, The Fast and the Furious, Jurassic Park, and more.

See how you fare on Select Car Leasing’s quiz below, and test your knowledge of other Hollywood car trivia here.

Less Than One Percent of the Population are ‘Super Recognizers’—Take This Test to Find Out If You’re One of Them

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As common as it is for someone to claim that they never forget a face, people actually do forget faces pretty often—that is, except for “super recognizers.”

U.K.'s University of Greenwich senior psychology lecturer Dr. Josh Davis told Yahoo that super recognizers can still recall a face years after seeing it for mere seconds, and he estimates that they make up "less than 1 percent of the population."

To find out if you might be one of them, you can try your hand (or eyes, rather) at Davis’s online test here, which only takes about five minutes to finish. In it, you’ll be given eight seconds to study a photo of a face, and then you’ll have to pick that face from a group of eight. Don’t get too confident after the first few trials, though—there are 14 in total, and they’re not all the same level of difficulty.

Taking the test won’t exactly confirm that you’re a member of the elite, but if you score higher than a 10, chances are good that your facial recognition skills are better than the average person.

Since there hasn’t been a ton of research on the relatively new subject of super recognizers, scientists aren’t yet sure what causes such stellar facial recognition in some people. Dartmouth College cognitive neuroscience professor Dr. Brad Duchaine told Yahoo that it could have something to do with “genetic good luck.” He also explained that the uncanny knack might not be specific to recognizing faces; it could extend to cars and other objects.

And acing Davis’s test won’t just grant you the license to truthfully utter “I never forget a face” at bars or Groucho Marx theme parties—it could even jumpstart your career in crime-fighting: Davis told Yahoo that the London police department uses super recognizers to help identify possible suspects from grainy CCTV footage.

[h/t Yahoo]

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