Enter the maze

A mind reading experiment

Did you know your computer can read your thoughts? Here are the first few sentences of the famous book the Wizard of OZ. Let's try an experiement in mind reading.

Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife.

Their house was small, for the lumber to build it had to be carried by wagon many miles.

There were four walls, a floor and a roof, which made one room; and this room contained a rusty-looking cooking stove, a cupboard for the dishes, a table, three or four chairs, and the beds.



Pick any word in the first line of the Wizard of OZ. Count the number of letters in the word you have chosen, and call this number of letters x. Then move forward x words and count the number of letters in the next word you stop on. Do the same again, count the letters in the word (x), and move forward x more words. For example, if you chose "in", it has 2 letters, so count on 2 words to "midst". It has 5 letters, so count on 5 words to "prairies" and so on. Keep on doing this until you first enter the third sentence of the book, the sentence starting 'There were...' And note the word where your count stops. Think very, very hard about that word. Keep concentrating... Then read on.

The Maze

The maze

A corridor also opens out into a courtyard

The maze

The door after that goes into a studio where a quiz show is going on.