By Richard Wiseman
What could you do if an individual guess you they can stability a coin at the fringe of a banknote, stroll via a postcard, or make you progress your limbs during the energy of advice? could you're taking that bet?
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To win the bet, first move the horse’s back leg through ninety degrees … … and then just turn the paper around! Whilst performing this bit, entertain your friends by telling them that horses can lock their legs and sleep standing up, which is handy, because it means that they can escape more quickly if they are attacked. SQUARE-DANCING Arrange four matches like this and challenge your friend to create a square by moving just one match. To win the bet, move one of the matches to create a tiny square in the centre!
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