SkepchickCON Psychic Challenge 2012


Do you know who is calling when the phone rings? Do visions come to you in your dreams? Do you hear voices in your head? Were you a beekeeper in a past life that knows where everyone’s keys are now? Were you a key-keeper who knows where all the bees are now? Did you totally know I was just going to ask that? Did I say that or was it the voices in your head? Do you think skepticism is pretty cool but maybe, just maybe you could potentially be… PSYCHIC?

Well, here is your change to prove it!

Or in geek-speak here is your chance to use statistics combined with imagination and the power of elimination to try and score yourself, not only a FREE pass to SkepchickCON at Convergence but some other super-cool prizes too.

It’s time for the official SkepchickCON Psychic challenge 2012!

All you have to do is guess what is in this BOX:

Use your psychic power. Tell me what is in the box.

And if you have ALREADY guessed that there is more than one box, you are proving how wise and/or psychic I totes knew you were!

Yep, there are a total of FOUR boxes. Each with a different item in the box.

Here are the rules:

Tell me your official guess in the comment section of this post.

Be specific.

Each commenter is allowed a total of TWO guesses per secret box post per week.

I will post one box a week for four weeks.

That means YOU can guess two times per post per week. Guess more than that and even if you are spot on your guess will not count.

The first person to guess the contents of a box in the comment section gets to pick from the prize list below.

Once a prize is picked, it will be marked off the list. So winners can’t pick the same prize twice.

If no one guesses exactly what is in a particular box I will show the item to Rebecca and then together we will decide which guess is closest to the actual contents and give a prize to that commenter.

Winners will be announced in the comment sections of each post and in any follow-up posts.

I will give one hint each week.

I have sent a photo of what is in each box to an official, classified Skepchick for verification purposes. Then, I sealed the boxes. They will not be opened again until the contest is over.

The boxes have been sealed.


Prize 1: I will personally pay for someone’s pass to get in to Convergence/SkepchickCon! You have to get there and find somewhere to stay but I will pay your admission to the event!

Prize 2: A drink created and named after the winner for the Skepchick party created specially for you by our resident Mad Art Lab cocktail specialist, Anne Sauer! Recipe will be provided! And we will toast to you at the Skepchick party at SkepchicCON with you if you can make it or in honor of you if you can’t.

Prize 3: A four pack of surprise Surly-Ramics given to you at SkepchickCON if you can attend, or mailed to you if you can not. You can tell me if you prefer nature or science themes.

Prize 4: A Skepchick shirt signed by all the Skepchicks who attend SkepchickCON 2012. If you can attend we will give it to you there, if not we will mail it to you after the event.




This week’s hint: There are no Surly-Ramics in any of the boxes.

Random fact: The boxes are 6”x6”x6”. Good luck and I hope to see you at SkepchickCON in July.


More info about SkepchickCON at Convergence can be found here.




Amy Roth

Amy Roth

Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a multimedia artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She makes Surly-Ramics She is the fearless leader of Mad Art Lab and cohost of Makers' Hustle Podcast Support her on Patreon. Follow her on twitter: @SurlyAmy or on Google+.

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  1. May 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm —

    First Guess: A vibrator

    Second Guess: A toy car with a bear sitting in it (a toy bear, not a real bear obviously…)

  2. May 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm —

    OK, here’s my first guess:

    A small, off-duty Czechoslovakian traffic warden. (I hope that’s specific enough :)

    My second guess:

    A single ticket for Convergence/SkepchickCon.

  3. May 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm —

    box number one contains the following: a cat; a small amount of a radioactive element; a geiger counter; and a vial of poisonous gas.

  4. May 4, 2012 at 12:33 pm —

    Guess 1: Squirrel.
    Guess 2: Tentacle mustache.

  5. May 4, 2012 at 12:42 pm —

    I’m going to predict that Box #1 contains a McPedro plushy.

  6. May 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm —

    A watch.

    A bar of soap.

  7. May 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm —

    Only Geoff Peterson knows what’s in the box

  8. May 4, 2012 at 12:57 pm —

    I don’t think I’m psychic. But I think Box 1 is a receipt for a lunch item.

  9. May 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm —

    Guess 1. Skeptic word magnets!
    Guess 2. A red panda

  10. May 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm —

    Guess 1: The heads of all of Brad Pitt’s on screen wives
    Guess 2: Air

  11. May 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm —

    First guess: sarcastic magic 8 ball
    Second guess: an apple

  12. May 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm —

    So far no one has proven to be psychic. Good guesses though!

  13. May 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm —

    First Guess: A baby sloth. Since I know you aren’t likely to put a live one in there, this would be a picture of a baby sloth.

    Guess 2: A toy dinosaur

  14. May 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm —

    Guess 1: Dog treat.
    Guess 2: Paint brush :)

  15. May 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm —

    1. A hairbrush.

    2. A sock.

  16. May 4, 2012 at 2:14 pm —

    Keep guessing, I mean being psychic! We still do not have a winner.

  17. May 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm —

    1) Rubber duck
    2) An eraser

  18. May 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm —

    Random hint: There is only one item in each box.

  19. May 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm —

    I’m sensing something “crawly” so I want to say an “insect” of some sort but my spirit guide is screaming “Happy Monkey Tree Ornament” so…they are my two guesses.
    1. insect
    2. Happy Monkey tree ornament

  20. May 4, 2012 at 3:24 pm —

    7.3801 x 10^22 atoms of nitrogen.

  21. May 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm —

    The shirt to be designed at Skepchickcon, which was created using precognition.

  22. May 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm —

    1. Deck of Cards
    2. Groucho Mask

  23. May 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm —

    Wait ~ doesn’t EVERYONE hear voices in their head?
    Guess 1: cheerios ™ in a ziploc ™ baggie
    Guess 2: air

  24. May 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm —

    Guess 1: A dead cat
    Guess 1: A living cat

    Guess 2: A fake cat

    • May 4, 2012 at 4:12 pm —

      Ha! I have been waiting for a good Schrodinger comment. Very well done, but sadly incorrect.

      • May 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm —

        Then you missed the one up thread – near the top. Terryp, I think?

  25. May 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm —

    Guess #1 – A jar of pickles
    Guess #2 – Lingerie

  26. May 4, 2012 at 4:43 pm —

    Severed heads.

  27. May 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm —

    One box has a motherfucking pterodactyl in it.

  28. May 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm —

    Guess what it has in its boxezez? Not a fair riddle. We see what it’s doing:

    String or nothing!!!!

    Seriously folks:

    1. a sock
    2. keys

    Because they all have to go somewhere.

    PS. Can someone let me back into my house. It’s raining and even if I can access wi-fi from my porch I’m still bored and hungry.

    • May 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm —

      Seriously? Don’t do what I did when I was locked out in the rain last December, which is throw a brick through a window and then throw a neighbor’s kid in after it.

      • May 4, 2012 at 8:59 pm —

        I would disbelieve you as the events you describe seem improbably unwise, but…

        Oh, and in my house now. Without any bleeding children in the vicinity.

  29. May 4, 2012 at 6:02 pm —

    Guess 1: A Slow Loris

    Guess 2: Jesus. (He’s always lost, right?)

  30. May 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm —

    Guess 1: A snow globe

    Guess 2: A package of crackerjacks

  31. May 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm —

    A blue police box.

    It’s bigger on the inside, right?

  32. May 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm —

    If no one guesses correctly, I will leave a final clue here tomorrow.

  33. May 4, 2012 at 6:54 pm —

    1. A can of pop
    2. Dice

  34. May 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm —

    You guys probably aren’t guessing correctly because all of your skepticism is ruining the flow of psychic energy.

  35. May 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm —

    The spirits are telling me that one of the boxes is filled with an odorless colorless gas comprised of 78% Nitrogen 20% oxygen and some trace gases.

  36. May 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm —

    Your superb geekiness alone will not win you this round. You must accurately describe the item in the box.

  37. May 4, 2012 at 7:47 pm —

    Buddy Christ?

    God, because God is everywhere?(random fake-theist guess)

    An eyepatch.

    Madagascar. The entire country.

    A Polaroid of Scott Sigler.

    A CD of George Hrab and/or Roy Zimmerman songs.

    A sticker having to do with vaccines.

    A pet rock.

    A Chick Tract.

    A mojo bag.

    • May 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm —

      Just an FYI: As stated in the rules, you are only allowed TWO guesses per box post.

      • May 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm —

        Yes, well… only two of those were guesses, and the rest were Xmas gift requests. :)

  38. May 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm —

    I think it’s a Lego character keychain. Do I have to specify which character?

    My second guess is a shot glass.

  39. May 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm —

    1. a dog toy

    2. a photograph

  40. May 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm —

    1. A small woodland creature

    2. A cheese grater

  41. May 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm —

    first guess: A picture frame.

    Second guess: A cute teddy bear.

    I feel like I just bought myself a lottery ticket. :(

  42. May 4, 2012 at 10:17 pm —

    Are you keeping the boxes under flourescent lighting or something? I’ll have to guess then. One of them is a lottery ticket and another is a bent spoon. If not, that’s what they should be. I won’t tell anyone if you switch it, I promse.

  43. May 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm —

    A troll doll

    A furby

  44. May 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm —

    1: A raygun t-shirt?

    2: The Elizabeth Cady Stanton “deal with it” button?

    C’mon psychic powers, activate!

  45. May 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm —

    My aura must be blocking your chi.

  46. May 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm —

    Guess 1: a stapler
    Guess 2: a handy homeopathic remedy to improve cognition

    However my psychic method does include shaking the crap out of the box so I may be at a disadvantage in this one.

  47. May 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm —



  48. May 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm —

    At this point, I really want to start making seriously absurd guesses. I’m pretty much disqualified forever, but “eggy in a basket” and “the north end of a south-bound mule” are burning a hole in my brain!!!

  49. May 4, 2012 at 11:45 pm —

    Hi Skepchick

    Long time reader, first time poster. Learned about you from SGU. Hi, Rebecca!

    I posted the nitrogen/oxygen joke before I noticed someone else made it already :(
    Sorry, Waters.

  50. May 5, 2012 at 1:13 am —

    “What’s in the box? Nothing! Absolutely nothing!”


    A Hug Me, I’m vaccinated! stuffed bear.

  51. May 5, 2012 at 3:15 am —

    Guess one: A lime green pacifier
    Guess two: A polka dot bow tie

    Yeah, my psychic senses are really odd in the visual colour spectrum.

  52. May 5, 2012 at 3:17 am —

    Nobody is going to guess any of these. A couple of the “closest guesses” are bound to be hilarious.

  53. May 5, 2012 at 4:57 am —

    First Guess – Nunzilla.

    I’ll make a second guess when I have another stroke of genius, or at least get to stroke a genius.

  54. May 5, 2012 at 7:00 am —

    A toy dinosaur, a T-Rex type, in rather improbable bright neon colors.

  55. May 5, 2012 at 9:05 am —

    Rats, my psychic powers just kicked back in, but I’ve already made my two guesses. But I KNOW WHAT IT IS! Don’t worry I won’t tell anyone, but I will nod and smile knowingly at the reveal.

  56. May 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm —

    Final clue: Could be considered Italian but created in America.

    • May 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm —


    • May 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm —

      fascism? I really want to guess but I’m drawing a blank.

    • May 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm —

      By “created” do you mean invented in America or do you mean produced or manufactured in America? One more little favor please……will you please cheat and tell me what is in the box and then I’ll guess? Isn’t that how “real” psychics do it?

  57. May 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm —

    A copy of The DaVinci Code?

    Or a meatball sub?

  58. May 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm —

    My husband would like to suggest “the newborn baby of two Italian immigrants.”

  59. May 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm —

    Come on guys. It’s not a meatball sub or a pizza because leaving a meatball sub or a pizza in a box for a month would be gross.

    • May 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm —

      okay, I have my second try. kraft macaroni and cheese. at least I tried.

  60. May 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm —

    A salami?

  61. May 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm —

    1) buffalo wings
    2) a phone

  62. May 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm —

    1. A box of ready-to-microwave pizzas
    2. A electric leg razor

  63. May 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm —

    my second guess:

  64. May 5, 2012 at 11:30 pm —

    1. zucchini
    2. tomato

  65. May 6, 2012 at 12:01 am —

    1. Snookie action figure.
    2. Was gonna be tomato, but I shall go with—Wonder Woman bracelet.

  66. May 6, 2012 at 12:01 am —

    1) (Bobble head doll of) Justice Alito.
    2) A bag of pepperoni slices.

  67. May 6, 2012 at 12:04 am —

    OK I don’t think this will count because I already guessed before the hint, but I really think it’s a can of Chef Boyardee.

  68. May 6, 2012 at 12:06 am —

    I love this!

    Guess 1: The Flying Spaghetti Monster (a model of Him, of course)

    Guess 2: Ceramic tiles

    • May 6, 2012 at 12:15 am —

      WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!

      Congrats cybercedd! You are our first psychic challenge winner!

      The contents of box #1 was and is indeed a Flying Spaghetti Monster hand crafted by Beth Presswood from the Godless Bitches Podcast!

      See photo here:

      cybercedd, please pick your prize from the list!

      • May 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm —

        Wow! This is so exciting! As a lunar psychic, though, I was really bound to get it right on account of the SuperMoon. I should also let everyone know that there will be major celebrity relationship news before the next full moon and that the economy will probably do something, too.

        All of the prizes are incredibly awesome, and I’ve given it a lot of thought. In the end I was incredibly torn between Prizes 2 and 3, but since I will probably order some more Surly-Ramics in the near future, I’d like to choose Prize 2, please!

        Thanks so much! :)

        • May 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm —

          Excellent! Would you like the drink named after your avatar name or your actual name or a nickname?

          • May 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm

            Actual name is good. It’s Chris Downey.

          • May 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm

            One Downey comin’ up! Will hopefully have it ready for the next post on Friday!

  69. May 6, 2012 at 12:16 am —

    I will post box #2 on Friday! Thanks for playing everyone. This is fun. :)

  70. May 6, 2012 at 12:22 am —

    If we didn’t get an exact hit, I was really leaning towards “meatball sub.”


    • May 8, 2012 at 12:01 am —

      I had the meatballs! And I’m wearing my Spaghettification t-shirt (complete with FSM, my most religious t-shirt.) I can’t believe how close I was. On the other hand, there already is a Buzzed Aldrin, so a Buzzed Parsec would be a little redundant.

      Congratulations, Cybercedd! Add a dash of methanol and you could call it a Downey Woodpecker.

  71. May 6, 2012 at 10:57 am —

    Rats, I’m too late. I guess I need to check out this part of the skepchick blog online instead of reading it on the can on my Kindle. Here’s what the voices in my head told me to guess. I hope my dire predictions below don’t befall Cybercedd.

    Guess 1: A green furry baby sloth pelucha (aka stuffy, plushy, stuffed toy).

    Guess 2: In case guess 1 is too specific and wrong, and on the assumption that no one else will guess correctly…. an object less than 6″x6″x6″ big.

    It occurs to me that this contest is either going to show that despite the fabulous incentives, there are no people with real psychic powers in this forum, or if someone manages to guess one of the objects, she will conclude that she has psychic powers and will join one of the forums on, make terrible life decisions based on her faith in her psychic powers and die young of drug addiction, or at the hands of a poorly chosen mate. Since this consequence is too horrible to wish on anyone, the task should be to guess the specific contents of all four boxes. If one is really psychic, that should be a cake walk (what the hell is a cake walk anyway?) BTW, doesn’t Randi object to you stealing his million dollar challenge idea? This contest sounds a bit like a rip off of that concept. ;)

  72. May 7, 2012 at 12:30 am —

    Guess 1: Dried baby sloth poop

    Guess 2: Wet baby sloth poop

  73. May 9, 2012 at 10:17 am —

    1 – a poetry book in czech
    2- homeopathic vodka

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