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Pick a Random Number Technique

This simple technique can be used anytime you have any kind of book available. All you need to do is:

a. Decide whether even or odd numbers are positive or yes.

b. If even numbers (end in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8,) are yes, then odd numbers (end in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) are no.

c. If the even numbers are no, then the odd numbers are yes.

The process is to:

a. State your question that can be answered with either a yes or no.

b. Open any book to a random page.

d. Starting at the top, count that number of paragraphs on that page to obtain your even or odd number. Count partial paragraphs as a paragraph no matter how short they are.

Variations of this technique:

Instead of counting the number of paragraphs, count the number of sentences on the page, in the largest paragraph, in a random paragraph or in the first paragraph.

Instead of counting paragraphs or sentences, count the number of words in the first sentence, any random sentence, the first paragraph or any random paragraph.

Instead of counting paragraphs, sentences or words, you can count letters. You can pick a word by closing your eyes and pointing someplace on the page. Count the number of letters in the word under your finger, above your fingernail or the next full word following your finger. Note: You need to decide which way of determining the word to count before you start.

Other techniques using a similar approach:

With any book open a page and count the selected number paragraphs from the top of the page. The top paragraph counts even if it is a partial paragraph. If you run out of paragraphs before you reach your selected number, continue on the next page. Then count the same number of words in that paragraph to find your key word. The number of letters in the key word is your answer.

You can create dozens of variations on this system like picking up a hand of seeds and counting the number of seeds. This works for berries, nuts, popped or un-popped popcorn kernels, cards, or any random number of small objects.

Use a scale of any size and weigh random objects. Their weight is either even or odd.

Use an eyedropper and any liquid. Instead of squirting the liquid, count the number of drops coming from the dropper to obtain your answer.

Use your imagination and you'll find a way to obtain a random number and then determine whether it's even or odd.

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