Originally Posted by catloverin_ks
The brain cannot process "OF".
Incredible or what ? Go back and look again!!
Anyone who counts all 6 "F's" on the first go is a genius.
Three is normal, four is quite rare.
I guess I better go look again
It's not really the case that someone who counts all 6 the first time is necessarily a genius. Actually, it is more likely to be the case that someone who counts all 6 is a poor reader of the English language.
The reason is that someone who reads fluently does not fully register "connecting" words such as and, the, of, etc. They're acknowledged to the extent necessary to make sense of the sentence, but other than that they're glossed over. It makes for much faster reading. An average first grader would count all 6 f's, but that doesn't make him smarter than an average adult. It simply means he is identifying each word and reading each letter as an individual, rather than as an organic whole that is intended to communicate a particular idea.
To illustrate the point, try this one on for size:
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.