*Think of a number from 1 to 10*

This can be random, but lots of people think of three for some reason. It doesn't matter what you pick because of the steps that come next.

*Multiply that number by 9*

Nine is special.

*If the number is a 2-digit number, add the digits together*

When you multiply by nine, the digits of the result always add up to

**nine**(or a multiple of nine). Yo, check it:

1 x 9 = 09 0 + 9 = 9This simple rule helped me learn my multiplication tables. Any time I had to multiply by nine, I had a way to check the result. Is the sum of the digits a multiple of nine?

2 x 9 = 18 1 + 8 = 9

3 x 9 = 27 2 + 7 = 9

4 x 9 = 36 3 + 6 = 9

5 x 9 = 45 4 + 5 = 9

6 x 9 = 54 5 + 4 = 9

7 x 9 = 63 6 + 3 = 9

8 x 9 = 72 7 + 2 = 9

9 x 9 = 81 8 + 1 = 9

9 x 10 = 90 9 + 0 = 9

*Now subtract 5*

9 - 5 =

**4**

*Determine which letter in the alphabet corresponds to the number you ended up with (example: 1=a, 2=b, 3=c, etc.)*

Always get

**D**.

*Think of a country that starts with that letter.*

Here's a list of countries that I got in a few seconds with the Big Bad Internet. Four of them begin with the letter D:

- Denmark
- Djibouti
- Dominica
- Dominican Republic

**Denmark**myself.

*Remember the last letter of the name of that country.*

Nearly always

**K**.

*Think of the name of an animal that starts with that letter.*

I picked

**Koala**. Yahoo! sheds some light on this again. Dig the list:

- Kakapo
- Kangaroos
- Kermode Bear
- Kestrels
- Killdeer
- Killer Whales (Orcas)
- Killifish
- King Penguins
- Kingfishers
- Kiwis
- Koalas
- Koi
- Komodo Dragons
- Krill

**Kangaroo**is the most common of those.

*Remember the last letter in the name of that animal.*

**A**,

**O**, or

**E**.

*Think of the name of a fruit that starts with that letter.*

I got

**apple**. If you picked the Kangaroo, you're stuck with

**orange**because that's the only fruit that begins with

*O*(unless you want to think that the inedible "osage orange" is different).

*Are you thinking of a Kangaroo in Denmark eating an Orange?*

I got:

**Denmark**,

**Koala**,

**Apple**. Your only chance of getting anything other than "Denmark, Kangaroo, Orange" is to (1) pick one of the three (obscure) countries available other than Denmark, or (2) pick a K animal other than the Kangaroo. If you failed to do either of those, you're stuck with the Orange, and there's no way to follow the steps and get any different choices. Remember also that the instructions tell you to go "as quickly as you can" (twice!). If you do that, there's hardly any chance of picking something obscure.

*I told you this was FREAKY!! If not, you're among the 2% of the population whose minds are different enough to think of something else.. 98% of people will answer with kangaroos in Denmark when given this exercise. Keep this message going This one is actually worth sending on to others. Forward it to people you know so they can find out if they are usual or unusual.*

When it says "keep this message going" or "forward this to people you know", it's a chain letter. This might be a good time to talk about geometric progression. Basically as the copies of a chain letter propagate through the network, they take up a

*huge*amount of space. That's why AOL hates these things.