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SkepchickCON Psychic Challenge Round Two!

Last week we started the official SkepchickCON 2012 Psychic Challenge.

This week it continues with BOX #2!

Use your powers. Tell me what is in the box.

In case you missed it, last week’s super-moon-powered winner, cybercedd had some extra psychic advice for us.

cybercedd on winning last weeks challenge:

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.


Wow. There will be major celebrity relationship news. Just wow.

That is the kind of psychic advice people pay the BIG bucks for and we got it for free! This is the contest that just keeps on giving, ammirite!

And speaking of giving, we have given away our first prize. Cybercedd has chosen prize number 2. So that prize is no longer available but there are still THREE more prizes to pick from including a FREE pass to SkepchickCON at Convergence!


As for Cybercedd’s prize, he asked the drink be named after his real name and so Anne used her mixology magic, which is very similar to psychic powers and created, The Downey Sour Cocktail!

What kind of black magic is this? Why it's The Downey Sour Cocktail created for Chris Downey by Anne Sauer!


Anne has a full post on this drink complete with recipe and photos here on Mad Art Lab. Congrats again, Chris! And many thanks to Anne. I can’t wait to try the drink!


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.

When I said each box had only one item, I sorta lied. Or sorta forgot. Or maybe I passed out while typing and had a lovely nap on my keyboard about traveling to foreign lands with friends and eating candies called, “The Job.”

Eherm. Sorry. I am awake now.

This Weeks hint: This box has two of itself but can still be considered one thing.

I may give additional hints in the comments if your psychic talents  prove to be weak. Use the Force, Luke. Use the force.

More info about SkepchickCON at Convergence can be found here.


Now get to guessing!





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 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm —

    I’m going with dice.

  2. May 11, 2012 at 12:04 pm —

    Guess 1: Fake mustache (in two parts)
    Guess 2: Socks

  3. May 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm —

    glasses (the kind you put on your face)

    I’m saving my second try I guess

  4. May 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm —

    I asked the spirits, and all I’m getting is kittens, which doesn’t fit the clue. Is it possible that someone on the internet is thinking about kittens? If so, could they please stop so that the spirits can tell me what’s in the box?

    • May 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm —

      That would be my cat Ives. He uses mind control often, sorry. But he also invented the Internet, so you should probably not question him.

  5. May 11, 2012 at 12:20 pm —

    Well, I am in fact, the best psychic in the world. I even had my brain dissected by Albert Einstein (I used my time machine).

    Having said that, I don’t understand the rules. Not one word. :D

    Anyway. I’m going with a paper cat. You can’t go wrong with cats.

  6. May 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm —

    Guess 1: A desktop computer
    Guess 2: The male & female Skepchick nude calendars that used to be published

  7. May 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm —

    A pair of pants

    It’s also Schroedinger’s Cat. Or it’s not.

  8. May 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm —

    Guess one: a pair of pants
    Guess two: a beachball (just cause)

    I’m a physical medium, so this challenge is really biased. I have to be touching the box to know. All I can do now is imagine myself touching the box. So if I’m wrong it’s your fault.

  9. May 11, 2012 at 12:35 pm —

    I’m going with FUZZY dice. That’s a different answer from dice, yes?

  10. May 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm —

    Guess 1: a Smurf figurine
    Guess 2: a set of skeptic word magnets

  11. May 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm —


  12. May 11, 2012 at 1:00 pm —


  13. May 11, 2012 at 1:02 pm —

    #1. Googly eyes
    #2. Tap shoes

  14. May 11, 2012 at 1:16 pm —

    Second guess: salt & pepper shakers.

  15. May 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm —

    Atoms with a nonzero energy value and randomly fluctuating vacuum energy.

  16. May 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm —

    Guess#1: The Bolivian navy on maneuvers in the South Pacific.

    Guess#2: a pair of Sony earbuds.

  17. May 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm —

    It’s a TAM pen.

    Or a golf ball.

  18. May 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm —

    No correct answer yet! Keep trying!

    • May 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm —

      I beg to differ about my answer. I’m pretty sure there are atoms and vacuum energy in that box.

  19. May 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm —

    1. a pair of gloves. 2. a pair of slippers.

  20. May 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm —

    #1 a Mounds Candy Bar (you know the one with 2 pieces)
    #2 A Reeses Candy Bar (you know the one with 2 pieces)

    Methinks I might be a little enamored with candy. At least it keeps my mind off of Cats!

  21. May 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm —

    1. Instant noodles
    2. A book by a skeptic author

  22. May 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm —

    A gene splicer.

  23. May 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm —

    1. Scissors
    2. Twix (aka Raider, if you’re European and at least about 30 years old) chocolate bar

  24. May 11, 2012 at 2:32 pm —

    1. a matched pair of fossil trilobites (and neutrinos)
    2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2 (and neutrinos)

  25. May 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm —

    1. Bookends
    2. Testicles

  26. May 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm —

    I have no idea. A ratchet?

  27. May 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm —

    You people need to focus your psychic energy. Perhaps some meditation or dancing will help you find your rhythmic center.

  28. May 11, 2012 at 6:10 pm —


  29. May 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm —

    1) Ceramic tiles

  30. May 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm —


    2nd guess will wait on the possibility of further clues forthcoming… ;)

  31. May 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm —

    Finally registered just to join in…

    My first guess – a pair of tiny cymbals!

    • May 11, 2012 at 9:57 pm —

      You are wise. Hone you psychic energy and the answer will come to you.

      • May 12, 2012 at 6:07 am —

        Okay – stretching my chakras to their limit, and wearing a monocle for my third eye… Tiny Bongos?

  32. May 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm —

    1. Cocktail shaker/strainer

  33. May 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm —

    1. Vibrating nipple clamps.

    2. Rum and Coke.

  34. May 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm —

    Vive la skeptic – psychic revolution!

  35. May 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm —


  36. May 11, 2012 at 11:26 pm —

    Schrodinger’s cat.

  37. May 12, 2012 at 12:18 am —

    Guess One: Small bongos
    Guess Two: Pair of Drumsticks

  38. May 12, 2012 at 12:50 am —


    2.Violin and bow

  39. May 12, 2012 at 3:39 am —


  40. May 12, 2012 at 10:07 am —

    Second guess: Maracas?

  41. May 12, 2012 at 12:32 pm —

    First guess: Castanets?
    Second guess: salad tongs?

  42. May 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm —

    Here is the innards of box #2:


    Congrats Teletheus!!! Please pick your prize!

    • May 12, 2012 at 3:31 pm —

      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!

      It was a tough call, but I’d like to go with Prize 3. (I slightly prefer science themes.)

      Thanks a million!

      • May 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm —

        I need your shipping address and full name and the length of cord you would like for your Surlies. The lengths are 18″, 20″, 22″, 24″ or 26″. I sent you an email you can reply to, if you don’t get it lemme know! :)

  43. May 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm —

    I say it’s Schrödinger’s cat.

    That seems to match the description, in some sort of way.

  44. May 14, 2012 at 8:26 am —

    Curses! Foiled again!

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