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January 13, 2010
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This website is awesome.  You think of someone real or fictional, it asks yes or no questions, and then guesses the person’s identity.  So far, I’ve thought of Yngwie Malmsteen, Pi Patel from Life of Pi, Hunter S. Thompson, and Jeff Tweedy.  It got them all.

Thanks to Steven Novella for the link.

Update:  The fucking thing got Maimonedes.

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  1. January 13, 2010 10:38 am

    WTF?

    So far it got…

    Neil Peart
    Alvin (from the Chipmunks)
    Thurston Moore
    Destro (from GI Joe)

  2. JoJo permalink
    January 13, 2010 11:42 am

    damn! it got- and even identified him as- “Ted ‘theodore’ logan” from “Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure”! unbelievable!

    though i think the answers were also compatible with bill.

    do you thin it’ll get rufus?

  3. JoJo permalink
    January 13, 2010 11:45 am

    my mind is totally blown! i am being caused to jump up and down and yell ‘no f’in way’ by this thing! (and i’m not easily impressed; ooh look, a blue car!)

    i was thinking of ‘triumph the insult comic dog’, and it asked ‘is your character a dog’ as question number 10, and then it got it!

  4. JoJo permalink
    January 13, 2010 11:48 am

    question 14: is your character a bear? yes. is it “the masturbating bear”? [sigh] yes.

  5. JoJo permalink
    January 13, 2010 11:57 am

    i stumped it. it didn’t know longtime harvard philosopher and set theorist w.v.o. quine.

    take that, masturbating quine.

    • Barry permalink*
      January 13, 2010 12:01 pm

      I stumped it with poet Philip Levine, Little Fool (the main character from the novel Sock), and radio biz legend Lee Abrams.

  6. JoJo permalink
    January 13, 2010 12:01 pm

    i think it’s running out of steam.

    i was thinking of ‘wittgenstein’, and it guessed “comedian tommy cooper”. (with this picture http://s.bebo.com/app-image/9073325520/6454880385/PROFILE/i.quizzaz.com/img/q/u/08/05/02/Tommy_Cooper.jpg )

    • Barry permalink*
      January 13, 2010 12:05 pm

      God damn steam-powered internet.

  7. JoJo permalink
    January 13, 2010 12:04 pm

    well, it did eventually guess ‘wittgenstein’ correctly. after asking me if my character was a philosopher, and spoke german, it asked me if my character wore a hat.

    i’m not sure how that helped, but it helped.

  8. David permalink
    January 13, 2010 12:10 pm

    I stumped it with Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Raheem Morris.

    It occurs to me, when we stump it, we only make it more powerful. Let’s try and be careful, huh?

  9. JoJo permalink
    January 13, 2010 1:10 pm

    damn it.

    question 10: is you character linked with roses? yes. is it duff mckagen? yes.

    damn.

  10. Dan permalink
    January 13, 2010 2:41 pm

    When you say you stumped it, do you mean he didn’t get it on the first guess?

    I went with Don Mattingly. He guessed Ryne Sandberg. Then I kept going and he got it right.

  11. Dan permalink
    January 13, 2010 2:47 pm

    I stumped him for reals. Danny Tartabull.

  12. Dan permalink
    January 13, 2010 2:47 pm

    I may have given the guy some incorrect info though.

  13. JoJo permalink
    January 13, 2010 3:36 pm

    he also guessed ‘ryne sandberg’ on his way to not ever getting rich gedman.

    • Barry permalink*
      January 13, 2010 3:55 pm

      I love how there’s almost always that one question’s where you know he’s got you.

  14. JoJo permalink
    January 13, 2010 4:27 pm

    he got “the undertaker” (in fewer than 20 guesses) even though I answered ‘no’ when asked if my character was involved in sports, and the “expected answer” to that query was ‘yes’.

    does it think wrestling is real?

  15. January 13, 2010 5:04 pm

    Dang, it got Captain N, the Gamemaster. That’s a smart program there.

  16. JoJo permalink
    January 13, 2010 5:09 pm

    It got Dr. Cox from “scrubs”, but it didn’t get Escamillo, the Toreador from the opera “carmen”.

  17. JoJo permalink
    January 13, 2010 5:12 pm

    see if it can guess “god”.

    I tried it. it asked if my character was real. I said ‘no’. it asked if my character “died a violent death”. Although I thought of Nietzsche, i said ‘no’. It asked if my character had a son. i gave the jewish answer ‘no.’

    it guessed ‘poseidon’ at some point, and asked whether my character was from lord of the rings, and had sang a song in anime, but it did eventually guess right.

  18. Danno permalink
    January 13, 2010 10:23 pm

    It got Tonto, Tesla, Nermal, King Mod and Spider Jerusalem but didn’t get Jim Crow. Haha whoo for obscure ass 2ndary characters. Got Tonto too!

    • Barry permalink*
      January 13, 2010 10:46 pm

      It got Crow T. Robot

  19. January 14, 2010 9:29 am

    It missed some slightly obscure musicians…Thalia Zedek (of the band Come), John Rutsy (the first Rush drummer), but it did get Pete Best and Herodotus.

  20. JoJo permalink
    January 15, 2010 2:26 pm

    it got leon trotsky in like 12 guesses.

  21. January 17, 2010 11:38 pm

    I was able to stump it with Terry Adams (of NRBQ) and John Dean (of Watergate).

    Everything else I tried, like ten of them, it guessed correctly.

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