brisbane2

Feb 2, 2010

Can someone please explain to me why so many people here think that STALE:STEAL as 89475:89754 ?!?

And not only that, but why they are unhappy (as indicated in pink in "The Two of Us") with 89547, which is the correct answer? 

I'm pretty sure I'll never message one of those people.

Shawnster101

Feb 2, 2010

S(8) T(9) A(4) L(7) E(5) 

 

Arcane_Boy

Feb 3, 2010

I think it has something to do with lisdexia

OomBurriTo

Feb 3, 2010

Yeah, I do see a lot of that same wrong answer. It's not terribly important, but it does take some concentration and, you know, intellect. But hey, whatever, right?

Tim_Thraeryn

Oct 11, 2010

It's terribly important to me.  All a confused person has to do is write it down on paper and double-check to get it correct.  It's a mandatory question for me.  I desperately want anyone I date, or even screw, to be able to write something like this down on paper and come up with the correct answer.

1Sweetkiss

Oct 11, 2010

Guess they want to see if you can think straight and are organized..Most people aren't

B2I4N

Oct 11, 2010

I don't think you can expect OKCupid to house the best and brightest individuals, but at the same time I've seen quite a few "intelligent" people miss the analogy for no explicable reason. I like the people that answer that the earth is bigger than the sun more. 

CjsXLove

Oct 11, 2010

I made it one of my mandatory questions also.

LickTheMaypole

Oct 11, 2010

you people are retarded

What9Thousand

Oct 11, 2010

It's not mandatory for me, but it is 'very important'. Unwillingness and inability to use simple logic are both gigantic turnoffs for me.

LickTheMaypole

Oct 11, 2010

i have dyscalculia.  you are discriminating against dyscalculics.

1Sweetkiss

Oct 11, 2010

And you^ are not retarded with a sheisty photo like that? Still...I wouldn't mind licking your maypole..Haha

LickTheMaypole

Oct 11, 2010

sheisty? are you calling a spaniard a jew?

What9Thousand

Oct 11, 2010

i have dyscalculia.  you are discriminating against dyscalculics.

Absolutely. I am not attracted to dyscalculics. I wouldn't expect anyone to date someone to whom he or she is not attracted.

Kate6

Oct 26, 2010

89754 would be the correct answer if you do the question in reverse.  i.e. "STEAL is to STALE as 89475 is to..."  In that case it's S=8, T = 9, E = 4, A = 7, L = 5, STALE = 89754.  Is it possible the people who are coming up with that answer aren't so much having trouble with the numeric aspect, as with the language parsing part of the question?

dgbdc

Oct 26, 2010

89754 would be the correct answer if you do the question in reverse.  i.e. "STEAL is to STALE as 89475 is to..."  In that case it's S=8, T = 9, E = 4, A = 7, L = 5, STALE = 89754.  Is it possible the people who are coming up with that answer aren't so much having trouble with the numeric aspect, as with the language parsing part of the question?

Then they have issues with extremely basic critical reading skills for which I could only forgive them if they were dyslexic.

1-2 is not the same as 2-1. Not every operator or relation is symmetric, and that's something that people learn pretty early in elementary school... or so I thought.

liquidflux

Feb 1, 2012

Haha! This very question has come up quite a number of times in my head while looking at potential matches. Three times just today! I felt almost as if I was wrong, but no, alas, I am not alone in wondering how all these people can't figure out a simple problem.

sfguyyy

Feb 1, 2012

You think that's bad, how about the ones that think the earth is bigger than the sun?

 

aragon03

May 24, 2012

lol some people do it like this

Stale is to steal as 89475 is to?

they take the E from STALE, and move it left two.  Making it STEAL,  so then with the numbers they take the last number and move it left to resulting in 89547. I do it like this
s-8t-9a-5l-4e-7so then right out steal and you get 89754
Kate6

May 24, 2012

Aragon03 -- I think you mean S(8)-T(9)-A(4)-L(7)-E(5), making STEAL be 89547.  You're mistakenly assigning the numbers to the word on the opposite side of the comparison.

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