Cna Yuo Raed Tihs?

By Daniel Scocco

Today while opening my email I came across a very interesting message from a friend. It was basically a message where the letters of each word were all scrambled. The first and the last letters were kept intact, but between them they were all mixed. Surprisingly enough I could read it perfectly. Below you will find the message. Can you read it?

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghi t pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it.

They say that only 55 people out of 100 can read that way. I would believe this number to be higher (considering that I never found someone who could not read it). What do you think?

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69 Responses to “Cna Yuo Raed Tihs?”

  • AJ

    The first couple 2 letter words can’t be read – the F/L letters don’t remain the same.

  • Maeve

    As with most simplistic memes of this kind, the “Cna Yuo Raed Tihs?” meme doesn’t bear scrutiny:
    http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/people/matt.davis/cmabridge/

  • JB

    It would be interesting to see how many of those people that were the subject of this study knew more than one language…people whose primary language isn’t english tend to memorize how words are written…many have problems writing recieve – receive

  • Katie

    I think that it’s quite amazing that the human mind rearranges the letters in a comprehensible way. Being that I am only 11 and found no issue reading it through and through to is really something interesting. Nor did my eight year old sister have any problem. It would be funny to see what would happen if it was all in cap locks. Much harder I assume. I’m showing this to my friends and see how many have an issue. It would be a great experiment in class. Thanks. 😉
    ~Katie

  • kk

    Can you read this? Only 55 people out of 100 can

    I couldn’t believe that I could actually understand what I was reading. The phenomenal power of the human mind, according to a research at Cambridge University It doesn’t matter in what order the letters in a word are, the only important thing is that the first and the last letter be in the right place. The reset can be a total mess and you can still read it without a problem. This is because the human mind does not read every letter by itself, but the word as a whole. Amazing, yuh? Yeah and I always thought spelling was important! If you can read this forward it….

    Good one not an issue to read this if you are always active …..

  • Mike

    I could not even read what you wrote in your article yourself.
    …Just kidding! 😉

  • abdo

    Azmanig rscheearch. It gveis ereyvnoe a geart lsosen. I maen “dno’t eevr look at the sucrafe of atniynhg but yuo hvae to look dlpeey isidne it and to uesdnatnrd it ont jsut as waht it lkoos lkie btu waht deos it eaxtcly maen .

  • Rob

    The only reason most people don’t have any trouble is they’re all short words. Everyone will have a great deal of difficulty trying to read larger scrambled words. Ureadategrunds and duehginsitsid shorlacs wluod hvae ductiilffy reinadg untenuereqfd psylobiallyc txet.

  • Anonymous Scienticst

    I think that only 55 out of 100 people can read it because the other 45 who can not, are usually put off by the title of the email, because they can’t read it. Think about it, if you couldn’t read the title of something, would you be likely to open it and read it? Doubtful. That’s why no one can find anyone who can’t read it, because the people who can’t, generally won’t want to. The other 55 people will open it and read it because they can understand the title and they are therefore curious as to what the rest of the letter says.

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