How to tell if you're dreaming

What do these 5 high budget movies have in common:
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Fight Club
  • Vanilla Sky
  • Inception
They are based on a character with a misconception about reality -- lucid dreaming, schizophrenia, etc., which are pretty much the same category of brain damage.


To determine if you are awake, do any of the following things that are impossible in a dream:
  • Grab a piece of paper and multiply your phone number by 27 (smart people use 206 or 7402).
  • Submerge your face in water and wait for the sensation you are running out of air.
  • Walk on your hands and experience high blood pressure in your face.
  • Make your feet warm if they're cold or cold if they are warm.
  • Turn the alarm clock off after it starts ringing.
Wrong answers are: spin a top, feel a chess piece and play with a loaded die.

To determine if your friend is real -- do any of these things that imaginary friends can't do:
  • Have the friend scratch your middle back (yoga people skip this).
  • Stand on your friend's back and see something that was previously too high up for you.
  • Be creative! There are multiple X-rated tasks that are impossible to complete with only one person. 
Bonus test: If you are reading this blog post for the first time, ✓ you're awake


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