SkepchickCON Psychic Challenge Round Three!

It’s time again to play the SkepchickCON Psychic Challenge. This week we have mystery box number THREE!

Use energy or quantum forces or laser vision to tell what is in the box. Or, you know just guess.

Last week’s winner, Teletheus had some additional psychic advice for us.

It was simple, really; I just needed to sleep on it. And by “sleep on it,” I of course mean “allow the answer to come to me in a vision as I dreamt last night.” In the spirit of cybercedd’s generosity last weekend, I should also warn you—yes, you, the person reading this right now, not anyone else who might have read it before or after—that my dream also revealed you will face a great challenge in the near future, but you’ll become a stronger person as a result of it. Be prepared for anything!

Absolutely brilliant. That is why psychics make that cold-hard cash.

Teletheus picked prize number 3 but we still have TWO prizes left! And I should mention that if you can not make it to SkepchickCON but know someone who wants to go, you can pick prize number 1 and put it in someone else’s name. Just let me know the name by sending it to me in a vision or preferably, an email and I will set that up for you.

Remaining prizes:



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.


Once again, here are the rules of play:

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 above.

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.

This week’s hint: You guys really rock, I mean it. I am positive some of you already know what is in the box, well at least one of you does. You are so good at this game you don’t even need a hint.

One last note, I am currently at the Women in Secularism conference so I will pop in and check the comments and leave clues if needed when I can but my access to the internet may be spotty.

Now, may the force be with you and TELL ME WHAT IS IN THE BOX!






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 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm —

    It’s… wait a minute… it’s… (hummmm ummmm ummmmm nummmm) There’s…. (hummmmmmmmm) I’m seeing… air… that’s right I know for a fact that there is air inside said box…

  2. May 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm —

    The hint is that we rock? It’s either e meteorite or a Black Sabbath record…

    • May 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm —

      You do rock but your answers are incorrect.

  3. May 18, 2012 at 12:51 pm —

    The answer is not air. There is something else with the air. Focus your psychic energy.

  4. May 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm —

    Guess one: Its a piece of quartz thats supposed to aid our mysterious psychic abilities!

  5. May 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm —

    I see… Inside the box.. I too see air, but… The box seems smaller as if it’s not the same box – it’s another, smaller box inside the box.

  6. May 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm —

    Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtan!

    The Deep Ones command me to say…the box if filled with marbles. Or a clock.
    Ia! Ia!

  7. May 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm —

    It’s a book. The book for the Skepchick Book Club. Not this month’s book, next month’s, which Mary hasn’t picked yet. So this is an exercise in both remote viewing and precognition. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman… (Slight cheat: we talked about this book as a possibility at our last SitP.)

    • May 18, 2012 at 1:33 pm —

      Coincidentally, I just mailed Mary a book and it was IN A BOX! But not box #3.

      • May 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm —

        So you were confusing my psychic powers ON PURPOSE? (Sounds of maniacal laughter in the distance…)

  8. May 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm —

    It’s a lump of coal.

  9. May 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm —

    Guess #1: A balloon.

    Guess #2: A piece of pumice.

  10. May 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm —

    Okay, guess #2: It’s a monkey’s paw!

  11. May 18, 2012 at 2:55 pm —

    Guess two, as commanded by the Deep ones: a necklace or a crystal ball

  12. May 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm —

    Maybe it’s a little rocking horse, or a picture of Dwayne Johnson.

  13. May 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm —

    Guess 2: It’s a Deepak Chopra book.

  14. May 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm —

    A rock!

  15. May 18, 2012 at 9:18 pm —

    It wasn’t a rock…it was a rock lobstaaaar.

    Tickets, please.

  16. May 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm —

    Guess #1: A roll of toilet paper.
    Guess #2: Some dice.

  17. May 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm —

    The answer you seek has been mentioned in boxes past.

  18. May 19, 2012 at 12:44 am —

    1st guess: scissors because rock beats scissors… and someone actually guessed scissors before.

    2nd guess: “pair of tiny cymbals!” because why not?

    • May 19, 2012 at 7:59 am —

      Yes, that was me, and I don’t like being made use of.
      In case it turns out to be true, I claim half the prize!


  19. May 19, 2012 at 2:24 am —

    Drumsticks ?

  20. May 19, 2012 at 7:47 am —

    a magnet or magnetite?

  21. May 19, 2012 at 10:11 am —

    Going to guess nunzilla because I want it to be nunzilla or a tentacle moustache because that will make me almost as happy

  22. May 19, 2012 at 11:13 am —

    1.Skepchick Magnets

    2.Tentacle Moustache

  23. May 19, 2012 at 11:15 am —

    It’s either a guitar pick or a tiny rocking chair. Or possibly both, but tiny rocking chair guitar picks are relatively rare, so I my official guesses are either of the separate items.

  24. May 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm —

    Guess 1: Sarcastic Magic 8 ball

  25. May 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm —

    My psychic powers are telling me that it’s a “Hug Me, I’m Vaccinated” Stuffed Bear

    …or maybe a cocktail shaker.

  26. May 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm —

    Guess 2: a pet rock

  27. May 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm —

    macaroni and cheese obvs.

    or a meatball sub.

  28. May 19, 2012 at 9:09 pm —

    Hydrogen. (one positive charge, used for rocket fuel). :)

  29. May 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm —

    I had trouble getting a really clear picture in my head of what is inside the box but I am almost certain it is a fully functioning miniature particle accelerator made entirely out of Legos or possibly meat; i’m not sure.

  30. May 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm —

    The past is a record of the present. Focus on what remains.

  31. May 20, 2012 at 1:52 am —

    1)a fossil

  32. May 20, 2012 at 2:04 am —

    a cd?

  33. May 20, 2012 at 2:10 am —

    A hologram of Rebecca playing air guitar ? (i.e. joke)
    A clock ?
    When does a week start/stop ?

  34. May 20, 2012 at 2:14 am —

    Ok, second Guess: A fossil

  35. May 20, 2012 at 4:24 am —

    1. fossil trilobites
    2. surlyramic trilobites

    • May 20, 2012 at 8:31 am —


      Inside box number three is indeed a fossilized trilobite! I will post the photo when I get back to Los Angeles tomorrow! I would have accepted simply fossil if someone hadn’t been more specific so good job everyone who came so close and congrats to denature!

      Denature pick your prize!

      We will have one final box next week and I think I will sweeten the pot with an extra added gift for the winner so keep a look out for that post!

      • May 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm —

        I feel guilty, but I shall accept a prize anyway. Since I already purchased entrance to Convergence, I will take the t-shirt and display it in my office.

        • May 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm —

          Ok, great. You can pick it up from us at the event then! Good times!

  36. May 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm —

    Hey! I was the one who said fossil trilobite last time! This is the first time I’ve been on my computer since I got home from the Women in Secularism contest, so I guess I’m just a little too late. (Amy, you were missed this morning!)

    I guess I’m so psychic that I forsaw the future week’s box last week. I won’t get a prize, but I’ll claim bragging rights at least. Maybe I should try to guess what you will put in the boxes next year. Groucho glasses, a dust bunny, a Darwin Fish car emblem, and a beer. That’s totally it, right?

    • May 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm —

      (Sheesh, conference not contest. Dang the lack of an edit button. Time to go fix sleep deprivation.)

      • May 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm —

        Awwwww, I’m sorry you missed the hints and I’m sorry I had to leave this morning but I had to get back to California before my husband had to go to work tonight so I could take over puppy patrol.

        Women in Secularism really was a FANTASTIC event. I feel so inspired and ready to kick ass! (After a good nights sleep.) :) xoxoxo

  37. May 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm —

    Jeez, I bought my niece a fossil trilobite and a trilobite Surly at TAM last summer. What are the odds? Yet more psychic precognition! (And a lesson in cherry picking and confirmation bias and the file drawer effect… All the other stuff I bought in the last year that wasn’t in any of the boxes.)

  38. May 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm —

    Here is a link to the photo of the contents of box #3:

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