Why do we say carrot?

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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Hendrick Laursen on September 22nd, 2014, 5:10 am 

Well, I checked with some 13 people and only two said "Carrot".
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby vivian maxine on September 22nd, 2014, 6:01 am 

I checked with two and neither said carrot. I was surprised at one answer: cabbage.
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Power2burn on October 8th, 2014, 3:39 pm 

The most likely answer for US residents is actually very simple. The carrot symbol on a US keyboard is SHIFT+6. A co-worker gave me this test today and I began to wonder why the expectation to say carrot would be related to the number six. This is the most logical explanation in adults in an internet age.
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Rilx on October 8th, 2014, 4:08 pm 

The carrot symbol on a US keyboard ... enlighten me ...
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby dlorde on October 8th, 2014, 7:07 pm 

Rilx » October 8th, 2014, 9:08 pm wrote:The carrot symbol on a US keyboard ... enlighten me ...

I think he means the caret symbol...
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Hendrick Laursen on October 10th, 2014, 11:28 am 

Hmm, the power symbol.
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Watson on October 10th, 2014, 11:56 am 

Could it be something as simple as, carrots are very nutritious and as such it is one of the first solid foods we are give as babies. This is associated with the word vegetables. Eat your vegetables because they are good for you. First it means Peas and carrots and later other vegetables. No doubt, if asked to name a vegetable, you may instinctively say carrot all these years later.
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby goingtothedogs on November 29th, 2014, 2:06 pm 

Try this - but do it in order and don't jump ahead....

Think of a number between 1 and 10

Multiply by 9

You probably have a 2 digit answer. Add the two digits totether

From your answer, subtract 5

Your answer corresponds to a letter. A = 1, B = 2 etc. What is the letter corrresponding to your answer?

Think of a country whose name begins with this letter

What is the next letter in the alphabet after your letter?

Think of the name of an animal beginning with this letter?

What is the colour of your animal?
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby goingtothedogs on November 29th, 2014, 2:06 pm 

Have you got a big grey elephant from Denmark?
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby goingtothedogs on November 29th, 2014, 2:07 pm 

Just a bit of fun all that :-)
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Braininvat on November 29th, 2014, 10:37 pm 

Ha! Clever - I see that multiples of 9 is the key. The rest is all obfuscation.
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby BioWizard on November 30th, 2014, 1:12 am 

Braininvat » 29 Nov 2014 10:37 pm wrote:Ha! Clever - I see that multiples of 9 is the key. The rest is all obfuscation.


Yeah any series of equations that will always give you "4" should work :)
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby goingtothedogs on November 30th, 2014, 4:02 am 

Yep. It's a fix of course

I did once get someone who spotted the fix in the second line and came with a brown emu from the Dominican Republic

But nine times out of ten it makes a good party piece and works
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Braininvat on November 30th, 2014, 9:00 pm 

goingtothedogs » November 30th, 2014, 2:02 am wrote:Yep. It's a fix of course

I did once get someone who spotted the fix in the second line and came with a brown emu from the Dominican Republic

But nine times out of ten it makes a good party piece and works


I used to think it was rather magical (not fully understanding base 10 and number theory) that any multiple of 9 would have its digits add up to 9. Even going into triple digits, e.g. 9 x 111 = 999 so 9+9+9 = 27 and then 2+7 = 9. Always reduces to 9. I was as amazed as a Dominican emu who has just encountered a Danish elephant.
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby goingtothedogs on December 1st, 2014, 3:47 pm 

LoL :-)
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Peter<3 on April 14th, 2015, 4:55 pm 

I am a grade 11 Cambridge student located in South Africa. I read this forum and decided to conduct a small experiment on my fellow students. The results were taken after a Control test (Just asking them to name a vegetable). Then a Math test (Questions involving math asked before vegetable question), and then a Question test (Candidates were asked short questions before vegetable question).
For each category of questioning a different set of participants were chosen. Each test was also done without having the subject hear anything of the previous responses.
I understand that these results may not be of a 100% scientifically correct experiment, but I couldnt help but notice the fact that no one has tried an actual experiment on this subject.
All Participants are of age 13-18, unless otherwise stated
(Number of Participants Per Test differ)

Control Test (12 Participants): 2-Carrot; 5-Potato;
4-Broccoli; 1-Cucumber

Math Test (21 Participants): 9-Carrot; 3-Potato;
1-Broccoli; 3-Tomato; 3-Cabbage; 1-Pumpkin;
1-Radish (Adult)
Note: 1-Cabbage response was from a particpant aged between 60-70.

Question Test (11 Participants): 6-Carrot; 2-Potato;
1-Celery; 1-Broccoli.

Note: 2 Carrot responses in this test were from participants between 35-55
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Watson on April 16th, 2015, 10:33 am 

Well science doesn't lie. The question remains, why? Welcome.
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Braininvat on April 16th, 2015, 1:04 pm 

Interesting that potato was considered a vegetable. Around here, it's not usually given that status, i.e. it's a starchy rhizome, so more in the bread/pasta category. Maybe that way of thinking is the result of those USDA food charts we were exposed to in school.

A carrot is often used as a symbol of a vegetable, in graphics about nutrition, presumably because it is easy to draw and has a distinctive appearance/color.
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Percarus on April 17th, 2015, 4:20 am 

One can simply say, 'think of rabbit', then name a vegetable? Carrot would be the most common result imo.
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Braininvat on April 17th, 2015, 9:47 am 

Maybe. That linkage might be driven by the Bugs Bunny cartoons....if one only knows rabbits as actual Lagomorphs that hang out in one's garden, then lettuce or other greens might leap more readily to mind. They tend to nibble aboveground, more than dig up roots, in my experience. However, if you have lived in Oz for a long time, I must defer to you on any rabbity insights.

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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Percarus on April 20th, 2015, 7:03 am 

goingtothedogs,

I did your test and came up with a white Ibis from Finland.

Braininvat... Yeah, I suppose Bugs Bunny was the natural correlation. It is the amazing the power of the media has over one's mind. I just often wonder how generation Z will foster in mental development with the advent of new media as commonplace. I personally think they will be naïve and foolhardy but very knowledgeable in some ways.
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby elmarrubio on November 19th, 2016, 10:26 am 

If anyone is interested in this topic I do have a logical explanation as to why we may say 'Carrot' more commonly than any other vegetable. There is definite relevance to the 'math','maths',(whatever your preference maybe - discussions on a new thread please).
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Danny Boy on November 29th, 2016, 2:57 am 

I've done this same thing, but differently. Keep in mind that I'm in the US so the numbers may be slightly different in the UK or elsewhere.

I ask, "What is 23 - 5?", followed in quick succession by "What is 6 + 4" and "What is 8 x 3?". Then, I follow those up with "Quick! Think of a vegetable.". I've probably done this a dozen times and always gotten the reply "carrot". Here's why (or at least the main reason why). In the United States the two most common karat weights of gold are 10 and 18. And, of course, everybody knows that 24 karat gold is essentially pure gold.

Following the logic of several previous posters, the odds of my victims saying "carrot" may be pretty high anyway. I guess I could put together an actual experiment to test this but my belief is that a carrot was planted just beneath their consciousness and they were forced to pluck it out when faced with 18, 10, and 24 successively.
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby elmarrubio on November 30th, 2016, 6:41 am 

Yep! that's the conclusion I came up with too many years ago. The most logical answer to date
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby Heavy_Water on May 2nd, 2017, 7:24 pm 

I'm surprised nobody has correctly answered the Carrot question yet!

It's a very old and well known one in psychology. Which is my field, btw.

The reason for the propensity of people who answer with carrot after doing the addition problems had to do with a psychological phenomenon we call Priming.

The answer is............all those additions sums add up to six.

Which is a factor in 24.

As in......



24 carat gold. Or 24 carat diamond.
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Re: Why do we say carrot?

Postby entheos406 on June 5th, 2017, 5:49 pm 

I had somebody do this to me when I was a kid and have replicated the result of "Carrot" with plenty of success over the years using 5's.

I ask the person to repeat after me a series of numbers containing five, and then I will ask them a question and they have to answer with the thing that comes to mind first.

"Say five"
five
"fifty five:
fifty five
"five hundred fifty five"
five hundred fifty five"
"Five thousand five hundred fifty five"
Five thousand five hundred fifty five
"Fifty five thousand five hundred fifty five"
fifty five thousand five hundred fifty five
"Five hundred fifty five thousand five hundred fifty five"
Five hundred fifty five thousand five hundred fifty five
"Five million, five hundred fifty five thousand five hundred fifty five"
Five million, five hundred fifty five thousand five hundred fifty five

"What's the first vegetable that comes to mind?"

A: (typically) carrot

I wish I knew I only had to ask 3 math problems.
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