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Transport yourself back to third grade with this KU fortune teller
Want to distract yourself for about 6 minutes? Of course you do.
So click on this snazzy animated interactive feature from KU Endowment, and thank me later. It's a fortune teller — you know, one of those things you would make out of notebook paper in third grade.
But instead of numbers or letters or colors or whatever, this one asks you to pick your favorite of four old incarnations of the Jayhawk (the original 1912, for me), followed by two of your favorite places on the KU campus (I went with Potter Lake and the Campanile).
From that information it performs a personality test and guesses about some traits you have, comparing you to a KU figure who's done something impressive. I found out I am "innovative and hard-working," giving me something in common with KU grad Brian McClendon, who helped design Google Earth. I have no knowledge of the algorithm the device used to come to that conclusion, but my ego applauds.
You'll probably want to click around to try different combinations, as I did, so this should occupy several minutes of your time. You're welcome. And in case it's not a real fortune teller for you without the tactile experience of folding a sheet of paper and wiggling your fingers around, the page also offers a printable version.
I'll predict your fortune, though with no guarantee of accuracy, if you send me a nice Heard on the Hill tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.