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Acocdrnig to an elgnsih unviesitry sutdy the oredr of letetrs in a wrod dosen’t mttaer, the olny thnig thta’s iopmrantt is that the frsit and lsat ltteer of eevry word is in the crcreot ptoision. The rset can be jmbueld and one is stlil able to raed the txet wiohtut dclftfuiiy.

Brain Is a Genius? Isnt it?Now read this text again, paying attention to each word and you’ll probably notice “some” typing errors ;)


128 Responses
  1. Amit Patel says:

    If you completely randomized the order of the letters, it probably wouldn’t be readable. They changed some of the positions, but not all — just enough that your brain can correct for the mistakes. For example, look at “unviesitry”. It’s not a completely random order, like “utienrisvy”. They kept the n in the right spot, the v near the beginning, the t near the end, etc. So what they’re saying is misleading. It should be no surprise that the brain can correct for a few mistakes. Otherwise you wouldn’t be able to read sentences with typos.

  2. Me says:

    You sound like my anoying friend who’s name will not be mentioned.

    And the biran does fgirue it out

  3. Reyn says:

    I tinhk its aewosme…i’ve been uesnig it on my firedns a lot. Tehy seem to tihnk i’m czray but tehy hvanet seen it yet so thx for the luahgs!

  4. Bun-Bun says:

    It’s because your brain is reading using the “lexical” and “semantycal” ways (i don’t know how to spell it correctly in English) instead of the phonological way. The lexical and semanthycal way consist of every word you ever heard and they’r meaning. The phonogical way is the way that you use when you learn new words (it’s matching the letters to the sounds)

  5. Archie411 says:

    Wow thats werid
    I read the whole thing then I saw the”Now read this text again, paying attention to each word and you’ll probably notice “some” typing errors ;)”
    Man that is weird

  6. Tihs is cool says:

    I dnot udestnand waht im mnet to be dniog heer lol!!!


  7. rory says:

    i ttly noticed the typing answers right away but could still read it fine

  8. Hai says:

    thats the 10th million time ive seen that on the internet!!!!!!!

  9. mina says:

    so asewmoe! nveer seen taht beofre! so wried…

  10. godzzila says:

    Damm man,whrilly cool:D

  11. gfddsd says:

    seen it bofer

  12. Rayne says:

    I knew there was spelling mistakes, but I still knew what the words said. too easy. ;)

  13. dweeb* says:

    I tinhk taht is rlaey kool!!! But is taht an iuslioln?

  14. Laura says:

    omg, this is SOO easy to me

  15. M 2 the H O says:

    yae i funod the mastikes saitrght aawy too, and slitl cluod raed it. kwel!!! P; srroy i maen ;P

  16. MH says:

    theres an add like that, it tells us about it, but its all written down wrong

  17. meow says:

    this is silly. of course, i usually neurotically correct other people’s spelling mistakes so… this just irritates me. even if it is readable

  18. Keers says:

    tihs is a vrey good iulsilon

  19. greendayfanatic! says:

    i saw it like 100000 times on otha sites…..its AWESOME!!

    i saw it lkie 100000 tmeis on ohta seits…..its AEOSMWE!!


  20. Merlijn says:

    fakey fakey!

  21. rae says:

    ugh. readable, but painful. I can’t believe anyone wouldn’t notice the errors the first time around.

  22. kiki says:

    hey tht x ray pic of a head look like homer simpson from the simpsons!!! lol

  23. qwerty says:

    ^ | | maybe thats why the brain is so small

  24. rat says:

    tihs is the way polepe raed cumopetr sapek
    i nitoecd in 3 soencds. ^_^

  25. Pandas says:

    hahaha. very funny

  26. Hazel says:

    Amit Patel – not sure if you noticed, but you spelt university wrong XD

  27. Maria says:

    I notice taht the words were mispell half way through me reading taht was weird

  28. melancholy says:


  29. pink says:

    wow wehn i frsit straetd raednig tihs i dnidt eevn notcie lol but tehn i firgued it out :-D

  30. its me says:

    i read that lik i was in the 10 grade it was 2 easy

  31. cool cat says:

    Wooooow, this is soooo cool! Although ther are a lot of mistakes, i couldent find trouble reading them at all.

  32. wazup looser says:

    1 time to figure it out

  33. I'm Nobody says:

    Is that Homer Simpsons’brain?

    Ithink it is ^_^

  34. Tori says:

    Amit Patel, I’m sure its really scrambled. Or is it a conspersity? *waves hands in air* Why else would a university say that if it isn’t true? Jeez… Ttahs on the wlal of my old taeehcr’s room. ITS TURE! RLEALY! IT TTOLALY TURE! RGIHT?

  35. grandaddy says:

    hloy suht taht is so aewosme and taht lkoos eaxtcly lkie hmoer spsimon’s haed bcaesue of the mutoh and nsoe

  36. Myrna says:

    Cool! I love this trick but I alredy read it in the newspaper.

  37. qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm says:


  38. David says:

    omg taht is awoseme!

  39. Anonymous says:

    haha lol thats how my righting looks like at school :P

  40. Shauzia says:

    Somebody sent the same thing to me in an email. Lame, really.

  41. Anonymous says:

    It works alright!

  42. Anonymous says:

    The x-ray looks like homer simpson lol

  43. Anonymous says:

    What the heck? I already saw the spelling errors, quit saying i missed something, when i didn’t I notice that stuff all the time. I’m a “professional” speller and i have alots of friends on AIM who do that.. It’s kind of anonynig soemtmies. I htae it.

  44. Anonymous says:

    how big are homers teeth?

  45. Anonymous says:

    Its funny but biaised….
    Wehn the lttrees are clmpoety rzenanoidd our biran is silrutgnegg and no ssnee can be dteudced, hsloetny :)

  46. Anonymous says:

    bull shit. just becasue you type in siht does not mean it’s some kind of illision or “weird phonemoneaoeaseon.. ” OH WOW, LOOK MOMY I CAN READ WHEN THE LETTERS ARE MIXED UP AS LONG AS THE LENGHT AND FIRST AND LAST LETTER ARE CORRECT.. NO SIHT SUHUROCLK

  47. Anonymous says:

    you know the skelton in the picture next to the mixed words(which i could read fine,i am 12) I think that the skelton looks like Homer Simpson – i dont wach that show but from the movie previews it looks like him < lol

  48. Anonymous says:

    haha aww i feel dumb some of them it took me time to figure out what they meant but it was obvious to me that they were mispelled

  49. Kira says:

    I could read it through the first time and only stumbled once. I could tell that everything was spelled weird but i could still read it. Does that mean there’s something wrong with me or something??????

    • fossda says:

      no, that is the illusion. although the letters in the middle are all jumbled up, you can still see the words.

  50. Anonymous says:

    My 7 year old could even figure this out! It’s amazing!

  51. Anonymous says:

    i tried writing jumbled words like this with a pen and paper and its way less convincing/readable than when the words are typed up.

  52. Anonymous says:




  53. Bennett says:

    I am evil homer! I am evil homer!

  54. Anonymous says:

    No university made this test, it’s just a fake, if you move the letters more than two possitions in the word, even if the first and the last ones are in there places, you wont be able to read that word. if you dont trust me … try to read this: You may palrobby be albe to raed smoe wdros but trehe are smoe taht you cnat urantsdend

  55. Anonymous says:

    It looks like someone was drunk when they wrote this…

  56. Anonymous says:

    I tnihk tihs is so esay. I aslo lvoe tnighs lkie tihs!

  57. Aurora101 says:

    holy crap! I knew there was a lot of errors in it but no matter how many times I read it I fully understand it! Trippy…

  58. Anonymous says:

    the picture looks like homer from simpsons!this is michelle

  59. Anonymous says:

    It’s because your brain reads the word as a whole and not indivudually, that is when you know how to read, kids who just learned can’t read that (obious)

  60. xSophia says:

    He looks like Homer Simpson:P

  61. the technogirl says:

    i feel as if its a rnaodm iulolisn
    taht I raed ptrety eialsy. ayonne can raed tihs.

  62. the technogirl says:

    what does homer have to do with it?

  63. Anonymous says:

    My Dad boghurt tihs hmoe ocne. I ralely lkied it aolt. I hvae sowhed it to mnay of my fernids. I lvoe it!!!

  64. Anonymous says:

    To number 58 I can under stand every word in the sentence my Dads a teacher of little kids and he said they can read that better then they do when the letters aren’t mixed up.
    Its proven by a University believe they are definitely right.

  65. Anonymous says:

    wait a sec. I CAN NOT SPELL LIKE ANYTHING!!! when my teachers look at my paper they are like “u cant spell obvious?” whitch i spelled ovious. stupid huh? well i’m not! i am in an excelerated group!!! i can read just fine!!! its the spelling that gets to me!! ok thanks any way for letting me vent. i gtg now, bye!!!!

  66. Barniy Preosn says:

    Cool! I love it…

    It’s jsut amnziag how our brnais wrok. For me it’s one of the msot incbirdele prat of our body…

    Last Cmomnet!!!

  67. prieto21 says:

    patel is right… If you come to my uestriivny I will be really happy.

  68. Anonymous says:

    you guys are phonominal.This is the best illusion yet.

  69. Anonymous says:

    in TREEHOUSE OF HORROR 2 episode his brain was bigger :/



  70. Anonymous says:

    tihs is so cool i touhgt it was graet but i hvae seen tehese bfeore

  71. Harold! says:

    what about the word “WEIRD”?

    what if you scramble it…sometimes it becomes “WIRED”….

    is there another word that has the same case like this?

  72. Me, Myself, and iPod says:

    I leov thinsg lkie thsee. thye raelyl aer fnu to do if yuo watn, I sdujset thta yuo tyr it in teh coemmtn palce dwon theer. heav fnu!

    PS THERE= THREE… harold!

    • Annishia says:

      ya u only mix the letters between the end and beggining.. not the end letter too! that kinda ruines the whole concept

  73. Ren says:

    wow tihs is rlaely aazmnig!
    I saw tihs in the eccnyplodeia of iammurtiy and tgohut it was ralely cool :3

  74. heather says:

    yeah i alway find it really cool,

  75. Ari says:

    I can read this in 1 go , yes 1 go!!!!! :)

  76. unknown says:

    hey, that’s an x-ray photo of Holmer Simpson!
    What does it have to do with anything?!!!

  77. Anonymous says:

    to the person who commented about a study like this not ever being done:
    Studys as silly as this are done all the time, that doesn’t mean you hear about it every single time in the news. And if i recall correctly i remember hearing something about this on the my local news aswell as a late night talk show, sometime in the early 90′s.
    Also i could read the sentence you typed out just fine, its just how the brain works, live with it.

  78. Aonyunoms (Anonymous) says:

    actually when you read something, your just looking at the word like a picture.. which means if you see ( ex ) Paint, a picture forms in our head.. that’s why we can have problems with big letters, reading everything with BIG LETTERS CAN BE IRRITATING AS EVERYTHING LOOKS STRAIGHT OUT. do you understand what i mean ? go search then, on ggoloe!

  79. zakk says:

    SOME people are retarded, you cant do it with a 3 letter word. dumbasses.

  80. Ari says:

    The picture is Homer Simpson people!

  81. gav says:

    @ “Me, Myself, and iPod”: The first and last letter are ought to stay the same. You fail … terribly

  82. Mike says:

    I can go beast on Homer Simpson. =)

  83. coolez says:

    oooh small BRAIN LOL XD

  84. says says:

    Hlelo tehre poelpe of Ertah. Can yuo raed tihs? If yuo cna yuo aer a wriedo. That message is for all the people with brains as big as homer’s. Who can’t be bothered finding spelling errrrrors, and are too lazy to rearrange the letters. Therefore they read it as it is.

  85. says says:

    yeah I said it.

    Just kidding!

  86. Renee says:

    This was cool and very interesting, I wonder if everyone can read it like this. I thought this was very awesome.

  87. Shanaweh says:

    For people (like me) to whom English is not their first language, it’s not as easy. But I once see the same thing in French and, yes, it was easily understandable. But it takes a little much longer to read than a «normal» text.

  88. teh Dacia says:

    thats cool… impossible to write but still!

  89. Mike Langevin says:

    I had no trouble reading it before I read the caption so I guess it is true.

  90. Bill says:

    Maybe I’m wired differently than most, but I found this mess nearly impossible to read from the start. Oh, sure I could surmise what some of this should be. Like I suppose that “elgnsih unviesitry sutdy” is supposed to be “English University study”, though I’m not 100 % certain about that. But many words in this remain a complete mystery to me, even after considerable analysis. For instance I have no idea what “iopmrantt” is supposed to be. And as for what the unpronounceable “crcreot ptoision” might be, I shrug my shoulders with dismay. And what is rset, some kind of mathematical set using the letter “r” to represent it? That too is unknown to me. When I read, I read each word individually, and pronounce them in my mind, so such stuff that actually can’t be properly pronounced baffles me. Without these words actually spelled correctly I’ve got no idea what they are supposed to be. So maybe the order of letters might not matter to some people, but it matters to me. I’m serious, here.

  91. jorjeea says:

    Acocdrnig to an elgnsih unviesitry sutdy the oredr of letetrs in a wrod dosen’t mttaer, the olny thnig thta’s iopmrantt is that the frsit and lsat ltteer of eevry word is in the crcreot ptoision. The rset can be jmbueld and one is stlil able to raed the txet wiohtut dclftfuiiy.

    According to an english university study the order or letters in a word doesn’t matter, the only thing that’s important is that the first and last letter of every word is in the correct position. The rest can be jumbledand one is still able to read the text without difficulty.

    :3 sry i know im not meant to, just thought id point it out that thats what it says

  92. Lil' Smily says:

    thatz awesome i got to read it crcreot form AWESOME

  93. happydoodle says:

    haha nice pic

  94. Crow says:

    It’s for this same reason that many adults have great difficulty pronouncing long words that they haven’t seen before (without taking time to examine the word for at least a few seconds).
    For example, my last name: Kristofferson.
    More often than not, telemarketers (and teachers) absolutely butcher this name when trying to pronounce it. They look at the word as a whole, and since their brain isn’t familiar with the word, an incorrect jumble of syllables comes out their mouth.

  95. The Thinker says:

    Tihs is petry amoeswe! It’s jsut anmog the mnay finotcus of the biarn taht pploee dno’t ualsluy cdeinosr. Ahugotlh, wehn lnog egnuoh wdros or rivaleelty muonmcon wdors are benig raed tihs is not qtiue as ture, elseiclapy if the nbeumr of yellslabs is mioeidfd or the lretets are rrraagneed to look lkie tehy tancoin rael, neatruled wrdos, bsuaece the bnira’s iiscntt is to darw the msot idiatmeme lgcaiol cousinolcn fmor waht it’s piicneervg. I tnhik the fcat taht in tihs csae you wree’t “stlil able to raed the txet wiohtut dclftfuiiy” pdoeirvs aplme porof for the vdtiialy of my sentteamt.

    Yes, all of the words in this comment do contain the exact number of the precise letters they should contain and the first and last letter of every word (and every apostrophe) is in the correct position.

    • I believe this to be true with respect to extent of someone’s vocabulary. I like to think that I have a respectable vocabulary and honestly had no trouble reading this, save for one word. “tancoin” in the piece: “look lkie tehy tancoin rael, neatruled wrdos”. I had a real hard time figuring this one out and then I realized it was supposed to be “contain,” only because it fit the sentence, but did not stick to the first and last letter format. I do find it more difficult when the words, while jumbled, create two different words that make no sense together or in the sentence, such as “boghurt” from an earlier post. Instinctively I read the two words “bog” and “hurt” instead of reading a jumbled brought. However, I did realize that “yellslabs” in your comment, did not fit the first and last letter format and could be read as “yell” and “slabs” or “yells” and “labs”, yet I did not have any trouble identifying it as syllables. Just some food for thought Mr. Thinker.

    • The Thinker says:

      Egad! You’re right, those two words were mistakes on my part. I meant to follow the first and last letter format throughout. I thus rendered my own pronouncement forfeit…

      Ah, indeed, vocabulary is, perhaps, the greatest factor. It appears I have been humbled this day; I’ll have to think thrice before making so bold a proclamation in the future.

  96. absoulute bs says:

    Tihs alitcre is clpmteoe bsilulht.

    This article is complete bullshit

  97. PirateNinja says:

    You know, I’m able to read the whole paragraph, but when I take a single word out of contex, it doens’t make sense anymore. Take “iopmrantt” for example, in the paragraph it obviously meant “important”, but by itself, it becomes a jumble of letters.

  98. Esordereno says:

    This is a nice illusion.. But It only works right when you have all letters accounted for and if what you are saying makes sense. When you talk nonsense it becomes much more difficult to understand because people pay more attention to nonsense than they do sense so they will notice the misspellings far more often. For Expmale, fenrch benas lkie seupr dorgans wehn flim cemsounrs duevor alppe cencrote wcihh is prerrfeed itnelensy truhogh epruoe.

    (For Example, french beans like super dragons when film consumers devour apple concrete which is preferred intensely through europe.)

  99. stratous says:

    wehre do you fnid tmie to do tihs? ist czary tlak !!!

  100. David Blair says:

    Very Interesting!! Really Cool!!!

  101. Suor de Sapo says:

    Skáneváss fâziasse káski

    (what’s the language intelligible above? Hint: It’s not magyar)

    • rabbit says:

      It’s Hungarian, Suor de Sapo. Thank you, Google Translate: Detect Language. And thank you Right Click, for bringing us Copy and Paste.

  102. translater says:

    Acocdrnig to an elgnsih unviesitry sutdy the oredr of letetrs in a wrod dosen’t mttaer, the olny thnig thta’s iopmrantt is that the frsit and lsat ltteer of eevry word is in the crcreot ptoision. The rset can be jmbueld and one is stlil able to raed the txet wiohtut dclftfuiiy. what this says is: according to the English university study the order of letters in a word doesn`t matter the only thing that`s inportant is that the first and last letter of every word is in the correct position. The rest can be resembled and one is still able to read the text without difficulty. Did i get this right?

  103. eee efff geee says:

    yep……Homer language

  104. Cha says:

    I think i just read this fastly

  105. 2NE1 says:

    So what made you have to put homer’s brain…. better yet what does HOMER have to do with this?

  106. 2NE1 says:

    just saying

  107. alex says:

    I didn’t realize the letters where misplaced until noticed the spelling of ‘letetrs’. So cool. What’s more interesting English is a second language to me and I didn’t know the word ‘jumbled’ but yet managed to read it. Mind blowing. That’s why I’ll study psychology the next year!

  108. viki says:

    I knew this trick has some technical name , can any body name this trick…

  109. itsa me mario says:

    this is typoglycemia
    I smart? 8o

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