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March 16th, 2008
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Do the test! (unless of course, you've already seen it on andrewducker's blog) I failed... *blush*

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From:ghoti
Date:March 16th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
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I'd been told about it, but I have to sy, it's much more subtle than I'd been led to believe and even knowing what was going to happen I had to look twice before I was sure where it was.
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From:rjw76
Date:March 16th, 2008 10:34 am (UTC)
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I "passed". Ralph didn't.
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From:lavendersparkle
Date:March 16th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)
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I both counted the passes and saw the bear. But, I have to confess I was probably helped by having heard of the Gorillas in our midst study so as soon as I saw the passing exercise I thought 'Hmm, this looks familiar, I wonder when the gorilla's going to turn up.'
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From:davefish
Date:March 16th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
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I failed to keep count, as I was distracted.
From:ex_robhu
Date:March 16th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)

Fail

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Gah. I knew what was going to happen but I still failed :S
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From:ptc24
Date:March 16th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
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...or my LJ.

I failed to see the bear, even though I'd read about something similar with a gorilla, and also got the count of passes wrong.
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From:pseudomonas
Date:March 16th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC)
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What he said.
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From:keith_underdown
Date:March 16th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
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I like the purpose behind this—as a cyclist!

I was expecting a gorilla too. I count the count right not by watching but by establishing their rhythem and counting the "beats"
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From:smhwpf
Date:March 16th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
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I failed! Got the count at least.

Well, hopefully after this ad there'll be a fall in the cyclist accident rate. Hopefully the bear rate too.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 16th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
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The black bear is very easy to confuse with members of the team who are all wearing black. I wonder if that's deliberate?

S.
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From:pm215
Date:March 16th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Probably. The _Gorillas in our Midst_ paper says that 83% of observers saw the gorilla if counting black team passes, but only 42% if counting white team passes. This video wouldn't be so effective at getting its message across if most people spotted the bear...
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From:samholloway
Date:March 16th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
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I counted 13 passes and saw a gorilla. This highlights the danger of prior knowledge. :-)
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From:the_lady_lily
Date:March 16th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
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I failed it, as I've never seen anything like this before - I noticed something odd going on, but didn't pick up on what it was.

That's really clever!
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From:mostlyacat
Date:March 16th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
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I was very pleased with myself for counting the passes correctly. I haven't killed a cyclist yet so I think I should try harder. ;-)
From:ext_72852
Date:March 16th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
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It doesn't work in my browser, although I have working flash. I've spent some time trying to rectify this and failed. I appear to be the only person in the world this applies to though, as I've now seen it in several places and no one else has complained )-:
From:ex_robhu
Date:March 17th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
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*falls off chair*

By working flash do you mean Gnash?
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From:aiwendel
Date:March 17th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)
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failed the second bit!
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From:simont
Date:March 17th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
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I too failed it.

In retrospect, the bear looks much more like someone wearing black than like an actual bear, and furthermore isn't moonwalking very well, so no wonder it's hard to pick out from the surroundings. Perhaps the slogan should have said "It's easy to miss things when they're deliberately camouflaged and have carefully distracted your attention beforehand" :-)

Also, the first time I saw it I closed the browser window just before the final "Watch out for cyclists", so I thought it was just a bit of surrealist humour and was vaguely amused. When I watched it with someone else and the cyclists line came up at the end, I was disappointed; I thought it had worked better as a practical joke than as preaching. (Not least because, as other posters have mentioned, it's not a very good analogy for cyclists, who wear reflective clothing and lights and wave their arms in a specific effort to be seen.)

Best one-liner about this was on Monochrome, I think: "I swerved to avoid a moonwalking bear the other day and hit a cyclist." :-) (edited quote to get it the right way round, which is funnier, ahem)

Edited at 2008-03-17 11:15 am (UTC)
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From:borusa
Date:March 17th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
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it's not a very good analogy for cyclists, who wear reflective clothing and lights and wave their arms in a specific effort to be seen

Hah. That's very funny.
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