Skepticism

# Divining for a Date 2008, April challenge

This month’s test is easy. I set up a Myspace Page for Divining for a Date. All you have to do is guess how many friends I will have as of 11:59pm EDT on April 30.

I will accept all friend requests. I will not delete friends. I would like you to be my friend as well.

So go to myspace and ask me to be your friend. Then make a guess here. That’s it. Closest guess wins.

(for the record, I will be setting up the page to hide my friends so no one gets a freebie by “predicting” at 11:58pm after looking at the page)

### Elyse

Elyse MoFo Anders is the bad ass behind forming the Women Thinking, inc and the superhero who launched the Hug Me! I'm Vaccinated campaign as well as podcaster emeritus, writer, slacktivist extraordinaire, cancer survivor and sometimes runs marathons for charity. You probably think she's awesome so you follow her on twitter.

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1. Let’s see. So many numbers. 42. 69(hee hee). 314. But I think I’ll go with 425. Can I assume the privacy setting will be set to allow for the most requests?

2. yes, it will be. and I set it up so there’s no grappling with those crazy graphic letters that you have to retype. It just works like:

you – hey can I be your friend?
me – oh hell yeah!

3. Alan says:

273

4. 412. It’s my favourite number.

5. P.S. I can’t be your friend, because I refuse to use Myspace. Why can’t you do this on Facebook?

6. jenigray says:

Let’s see…. Yes, the number’s getting clear now…

754!

7. Chupacabras says:

I predict 84 friends.

8. joshuazucker says:

742, for sure. The number just came to me.

9. Briarking says:

I’ll say 300

10. rick says:

i predict it will be one of the fibonacci sequence.

my best guess: 233,
although i hope you make it to 377.
610 seems too high,144 too low.

11. My guess is 751 – since that’s the amount of Myspace friends I have at the moment, including PZ, Phil Plait and now your good self!

I like to surround myself with smart people – makes me feel slightly less dim…

12. So, what happened to last months mystery? Did you reveal the perp and I missed it?

13. I’m working on the big reveal. No one guessed it correctly so I have to figure out who guessed MOST correctly.

14. The number will most certainly be 666 because you are an evil God hating atheist!

15. Iâ€™m working on the big reveal. No one guessed it correctly so I have to figure out who guessed MOST correctly.

“He’s only MOSTLY correct.”

Cool, I’ll look for it. Can’t wait to find out.

16. Doesn’t the blog post say “April 30th”?

17. weeeezzll- Yes, this month’s challenge ends April 30. We are running one every month. So Sam is asking about the results from last month’s challenge.

18. So Sam is asking about the results from last monthâ€™s challenge.

Yeah. Sorry weeeezzll. Didn’t mean to cause any confusion. I should have asked Elyse my question offline. I’m notoriously out of the loop, not to mention lost and confused most of the time. I did a lot of drugs back in the 60s, and it has taken a toll.

19. And Sam wants to know if he is responsible given his history of blacking out and committing monkey-related crimes

20. Sheesh. Way to go friend whoring. ;)

21. Using the position of Mars, Uranus, and the asteroid 153289 Rebeccawatson, I have predicted that the number of friends will be 692.

22. Bechamel says:

I don’t think rick is being nearly mathematical enough. The number of friends will obviously be e to the (pi to the phi), or roughly 586.3413634.

23. stop using math! you’re psychics, remember?

24. i meant to say… your math is useless against the psychic powers of skepchick readers

25. Alan says:

I was told there wasn’t going to be any math!

//obligatory

26. Bozo Johnson says:

DEAR GOD everyone knows it’s 42 <—

27. Satans Parakeet says:

Hmm, I was going to say like 900, but considering it’s a couple days since you first posted this and we only have 29 comments/guesses I think I have to adjust downward quite a bit.

. . . especially since half the comments are from Sam and Elyse.

Okay, final guess is 113.

28. TheSkepticalMale says:

158 …

And I am envious that I didn’t get the handle ‘Satan’s Parakeet’ first.

29. Having consulted the spirits (and perhaps a book on cold reading), I predict that by the end of the month you will know many people, but have few true friends. Spirits also tell me that specifically you will have 5 true friends and 2 people who will be great for a couple of years before going whacko (and this doesn’t include the 4 people who will be fun to have around, but don’t ask them to house sit).

The spirits also indicate that they would be more than happy to provide you said list and even more if you suscribe to our special psychic reading subscription … and if you get your friends and acquaintances (just not the two whackos) to sign up, I can offer you a substantial discount.

Wow! You win one psychic challenge and within days you’re already charging \$150 an hour?!

you should also hold seminars on How to Win a Date with a Skepchick.

31. Hi Elyse,

It’s \$149.85 and my cut is pretty small. Most of it goes to the spirits – they unionized after getting stiffed by John Edwards and you don’t mess with ghosts that have been organized by Jimmy Hoffa. I don’t know where his body is, but his spirit “negotiates” with me every January and I have to buy new lamps.

Win a Date with a Skepchick? You mean inviting one up to see some Shroud of Turin etchings won’t work? That is the last time I listen to the ghost of Isaac Asimov.

Cheers

32. xenu says:

33. bcans says:

937…definately.

34. I really don’t like the idea of making you guys bankrupt, since you’re going to have to fly me in from Sweden for my date. But since it’s destiny, it doesn’t really matter what I do to prevent it. 203 is the correct answer.

35. Ok I’ll do it right. I shouldn’t reveal my secret but I will. I’ll take out my D&D dice bag and use my dice 12d20 and natural 20’s are another roll natural 1’s I lose a roll 9+1+2+12+5+15+11+18+6+15+3=97

it rule’s the world in d&d it can’t fail