By Richard Wiseman

What could you do if anyone guess you they can stability a coin at the fringe of a banknote, stroll via a postcard, or make you progress your limbs during the energy of advice? might you are taking that bet?

From Richard Wiseman, the author of the 350-million-view YouTube phenomenon, Quirkology, comes an exhilarating mixture of lateral considering, magic tips and scintillating technology stunts that is guaranteed to attract curious minds everywhere.

Using in simple terms your physique and daily loved ones items, one hundred and one Bets you'll always Win is either a realistic advisor and illuminating exploration of the attention-grabbing technological know-how that underpins those likely very unlikely challenges.

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WELCOME This book is about how to perform the impossible. For years I travelled the globe in search of the world’s greatest bets and challenges. Leaving no stone unturned, I have tracked down 101 bets that appear totally impossible, yet are easy to win once you know the secret. But there is more to these bets than impressing and entertaining your friends. They are also a gateway into serious science and fascinating facts, enabling you to impress others with your new-found knowledge of life, the universe and everything.

In 1978, Space Invaders became so popular in Japan that there was a nationwide shortage of the 100-yen coins needed to play the game. THE BANG BANG BOTTLE Place a banknote on a table and then balance a bottle on top of it like this. Bet your friend that you can remove the banknote without touching or knocking over the bottle. To win the bet, simply make one of your hands into a fist and hold the end of the banknote with your other hand. When you knock your fist on the table the bottle will jump, just a little, into the air.

A FANTASTIC FLOTATION Fill a glass with water and challenge your friend to float a paper clip on top of the water. Every time they place a paper clip in the glass it will sink to the bottom. To win the bet, bend one paper clip into an ‘L’ shape, and then balance another paper clip on the arm of the ‘L’. Finally, carefully place the entire arrangement on the top of the water. Amazingly, the paper clip will float. The bet works because the molecules on the top of the water are held strongly together by surface tension, forming a thin film.

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