Which One of These Things Is Not Like the Others?

By: Bambi Turner
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About This Quiz

Can you name the three guys from "Friends," the three Brady daughters or the main trio from Harry Potter? Know your fruits from your veggies? Can you pick out a city from a list of states, or a country from a list of continents? If you think you're the master of figuring out which member of a group doesn't belong, take our quiz to show your skills!

Believe it or not, there's a really good reason why it's so easy for people to tell when something is different. Often this process is instantaneous in our minds, and the one that doesn't belong in a group sticks out like a sore thumb without us even having to think about it. Why? Blame your brain.

The average person is constantly bombarded with information. There are the commercials and shows on television, the rings and beeps from your smartphone, conversations with friends and family and everyone else you meet throughout the day. There's everything going on at work or school, hobbies and sports. Of course, this information overload also comes from the world around us -- the things we see, hear, touch, taste, smell and think. 

If your brain had to evaluate all this input, you'd never get anything else done, so instead, your brain looks for a pattern -- a quick way to sort information and get it processed and stored quickly. Often that means looking for how things are alike or different so you can sort them and go on with your life. 

Think you can handle this level of mental processing by finding the Rolling Stone in a group of Beatles, or the fruit in a quartet of veggies? Take our quiz to find out!

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