As is my way, I’ve been wondering about strange and unusual topics. In this particular case, I’ve been wondering about the human element in putting stuff into a blender. Because there has been no scientific approach to studying this phenomenon, I figured I’d do my own experiment.
This experiment has been published as An Examination of the Effect of Prior Experience, Age, and Gender in Non-Food Blending Predictions. Though this title sounds pretty scientific, it just refers to an experiment I did with putting rubber balls in a blender to see what happens. If you want to skip past the science talk, you can download the same thing in human readable form as Which People Are Best at Predicting Whether Something Will Blend? And if you don’t understand how the statistics in either paper works, you might want to also have a look at the About Statistics document. I’d like to give special thanks to Tom Dickson for inspiring this work with his own studies.
I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know what you think, and if you find any methodological, typographical, grammatical, or otherwise ridiculous errors, email me at email@example.com. And feel free to nominate me for an important prize if you’d like.