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 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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. I’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.

  5. So Sam is asking about the results from last month’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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    Don’t rely on silly things like evidence from myspace links to determine friendships, please, please, pleases, ask the spirits – $49.95 per 20 minute session.

  9. links to determine friendships, please, please, pleases, ask the spirits – $49.95 per 20 minute session.

    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.

  10. 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.


  11. 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.

  12. 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

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