Apparently my time in the gym is strengthening more than just my biceps, abs and glutes. I have a strong mind too...if the latest "test" making its way from one Facebook wall to another is to be believed, that is. And if you're not on Facebook or haven't seen it and want to test the strength of your mind, see if you can read this:
Let me guess: You thought the first few words were garbage until you got the rhythm of the letter/number combos and then you could read it as easily as if it were written in traditional English. Me too.
Brains are pretty amazing things, aren't they. They're trained by years of reading to scan the text and pick out markers that make the words easy to identify, even if those words don't have the right letters or have them in the right order. We don't read letter by letter; we read word by word so the ol' noggin is looking for certain letter combinations, sounds or patterns that are familiar. And once it finds them, it ignores the fact that there's a 7 where a t should be and "sees" the correct word.
It's actually even more magical than that. Our brains don't rely solely on what is shown in the eyes in in order to see but constructs a complex prediction of what it should see by drawing on previous experiences. Even if some of the letters were missing, our brains could fill in the blanks and "see" the entire word. You needn't look any further than today's text messaging for proof of this in action. The next generation doesn't know words have vowels.
So next time you see a typo in the text of my post, just think of it as my way of helping you make your brain a little stronger. I'm just doing my part to rid the world of weak minds since slel1npg rl43ly ds3no'7 mtt43r a73fr 4ll (spelling really doesn't matter after all).