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Gene Guess
Status: Hoax (supposedly a magic trick, but it doesn't work)
I received this polite request this morning:

Dear web master ,
Please review this website that is able to determine a persons sex just by four visual questions.
Name : Gene Guess .com
Link : http://www.geneguess.com
Thank you ,
Pras Til


So here goes: it worked for me, correctly guessing my gender. I suppose it was an interesting ten-second time waster. I don't know why it worked. Obviously it has a 50/50 chance of getting the answer right (unless you're a hermaphrodite, which might trip it up a bit). My theory is that the color choice question must be an important clue, since guys probably tend to pick darker colors than women.

Update: Based on everyone's comments, the gender guesses it makes appear to be totally random. The trick is apparently that it will be right half the time, thus half the people will think it works. And yet it did fool me into wasting time with it.
Categories: Psychology, Websites
Posted by The Curator on Thu Nov 10, 2005
Comments (37)
the whole "clicking near the man/ woman" thing seems more like a test for sexuality than gender
Posted by joeodd  on  Sat Nov 12, 2005  at  09:59 PM
"the whole "clicking near the man/ woman" thing seems more like a test for sexuality than gender"

True. Although what it says about their sexuality in that they determine it through ducks, I don't want to think about. . .
Posted by Accipiter  on  Sat Nov 12, 2005  at  11:28 PM
the ducks are now missing !
Posted by rai  in  lon  on  Mon Nov 14, 2005  at  12:10 PM
Here's my Q's on the site, no color Q's etc.

Which line below is thicker ?
If A is thicker , click here
If B is thicker , click here

Relax and look at the optical illusion below :
Do the objects appear to turn slowly ?
Click one:
Yes
No

Look at the optical illusion below:

Which wheel appears to move a bit more?
Click one:
None appear move a bit
A appears to move a bit more
B appears to move a bit more

Below is another optical illusion.
Does the wheel appear to turn slowly ?
Click one:
Yes
No
Posted by Eric  on  Tue Nov 15, 2005  at  03:13 PM
The third picture is now two circular optical illusions where it asks which moves a bit more, neither, A or B. Just glancing at the url when you hover over the links tells you what it is going to guess. You will see a link with 'xy' and a link with 'xx'. Obviously, clicking the link with 'xy' will be male and 'xx' will be female.

At the end, if you click that the site has guessed incorrect and then click to try again, the next time through it will always pick the other gender. You can tell because of the extra '/surexy/' or '/surexx/' in the urls.
Posted by Tom  on  Wed Nov 16, 2005  at  01:44 PM
it is coded now so it is difficult to decode it.
th eillusions are facinating though ...
Posted by rai  in  lon  on  Thu Nov 17, 2005  at  04:07 PM
I have discover true... in second question there are 2 hyperlinks on every answer. so, I guess is totally random.

check by yourself
Posted by Corpus Martinez  in  Mexico  on  Thu Dec 01, 2005  at  01:29 PM
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