Mind Reading Experiment with Junk Mail

Carefully follow the instructions below and Junk Mail will attempt to read your mind and tell you your answer:

  • Think of a number between 2 and 9
  • Multiply the number by 9
  • Add the two digits together
  • Subtract 5 from the number you now have
  • Convert the number into a letter – 1 = a, 2 = b, 3 = c, etc…
  • Think of a European Country starting with that letter
  • Now think of the second letter of that country
  • Think of an animal that starts with that letter (This must be an animal – not a bird – so if you are thinking of an eagle think again!)
  • What colour is your animal?
  • Now concentrate carefully on your answers! 

Check below to see if Junk Mail has read your mind…. comment on this post and let us know if this is the correct answer







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162 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    10 out of 10

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yep, it was spot on!

  3. Rob E Tamblyn says:

    Your site is always interesting,quiz was great well done

    • Anonymous says:

      Too easy to understand: we know since school and being 6 years old that the sum of the digit of any multiple of 9 is 9. Then Denmark is the only european country starting with the letter D – Elephant is not the only animal but the first you think about…

    • Anonymous says:

      What about Dublin? and Unicorn?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Every number will end up at 9 so all answers will be the same after the first 5 steps, but well done you fooled me.



  5. richy says:

    How the @#&! did you know that, LOL?

  6. prashani says:

    Omg !!! That was spot on !!! wow 

    How ???

  7. Pieter says:


    • Anita says:

      O my goodness!!! This was quite incredible. How do you do this or does everyone in the end think of grey elephants in Denmark! Thanks for the entertainment, it was quite special. Thanks also for your great service.

  8. Ockert du Plessis says:

    Country correct but not animal. Was thinking of an Emoe. BUT how did you manage that?! Exellent way to pass the time.

    Thank you

    • David Small says:

      What about an Orange Orangatang from the Dominican Republic?

      Anyone that knows the 9 times table will easily be able to see how you got them to get a 4 leading to the letter D.

      Nice try!!

  9. Peter says:

    The calculation always produces the result “4”, so the letter is always “d”.

    There is only one European country starting with “D” = Denmark.

    The second letter will always be “e”.

    There are only two common animal names staring with “e” – elephant and eland so you have a 50% chance of getting it right.

    The actual chance of a correct “read” will be higher since most people would think “elephant”.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Spot on

  11. Anonymous says:

    Incorrect: A brown ape in Damascus. Was fun though. 🙂

  12. Anonymous says:

    Black snake in Estonia


  13. Tumi Malgas says:

    This is scarry. Denmark and the colour grey is correct.But I used D iso E and  my an animal was thus a donkey. SCARRY, SCARRY, SCARYY……….

  14. E.Abery says:

    Why isn’t English on the preferred language list. I accessed this and I now have to speak Serbo Croate or some such language as there is no opt-out.

    Still love your publication, though!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Close my one was a Blue elephant but in Denmark , well done !!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, that mind reading was WAY out……

  17. Anonymous says:

    No – a Tan /Brown Eland 

  18. Deon says:

    100% Correct


    How the hell did you get this one right????!!!???

  19. Annetta Keijer says:

    Yes, you did get my grey elephant in Denmark correct.

    • Linda Denham-Botha says:

      I love to get your e-mails….It just lifts my day !!!!!  Thank you and a very Merry Christmas to you all!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    freaky !!

  21. I thought of Democratic Republic of Congo – Grey Elephant still correct though.  🙂

  22. I thought of Democratic Republic of Congo but Grey Elephant still correct answer.  🙂

  23. Anonymous says:

    HAHAHA!  Brilliant!!!  I nearly choked on my coffee…

  24. Brent Lehman says:

    I was not thinking of a grey elephant in Denmark,I was thinking of an orange tiger in Estonia

  25. Coenie says:

    no it was the incorrect answer I was thinking of a brown eland

  26. Maurice Brett says:

    Nice one !!! Expected something like this as Denmark is the only European country beginning with D. Elephant would also seem a natural choice, but I chose Eland, just to be different.

    Keep ’em coming

  27. Jood van Niekerk says:


    My country was Dominican Republic , and animal Orangatan

  28. HennoK says:

    Deon, it seems that Junk Mail have perfected the art of reading minds…

  29. HennoK says:

    If you use the Google Translate function on this blog you can switch back to English by clicking on the “Show Original” link on the right top of the page 🙂

  30. HennoK says:

    Prashani, we’ve done mind read experiments for a while now…

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