Charlie Charlie: The truth behind the demon

There is a trend ongoing about the “Charlie Charlie game” and everyone wonders if it’s real or fake. Could it be that there’s an actual ghost? The legend says once Charlie answers yes and the players fail to say goodbye before the game ends, Charlie hunts them down.
Who is Charlie, anyway?

Per various corners of the Spanish-speaking Internet: a child who committed suicide, the victim of a fatal car accident, or a pagan Mexican deity who now convenes with the Christian devil. The Mexican deity bit, at least, is demonstrably untrue. However, BBC Mundo correspondent Maria Elena Navez said there was no demon called “Charlie” in Mexico. She said describing the game as a traditional Mexican way to call dead people was just way to hype the game and make it sound mysterious.

Here’s how the Charlie Charlie Challenge works: players balance one horizontally aligned pencil on top of a vertically aligned pencil (essentially, in the shape of a cross). Both writing utensils sit atop a piece of paper divided into four quadrants. Two of the quadrants are labeled “yes” and two are labeled “no.” Players then invite a spirit, Charlie, to play with them. If the spirit is feeling playful, the top most pencil will allegedly spin until it points to “yes.” Then the players can ask Charlie other yes or no questions and wait for the pencil to move again.

So what causes the pencils to spin of their own accord? Only one of the most powerful forces on Earth: “gravity”. In order to balance one object on top of another, the topmost object’s center of gravity (a point where an object’s mass is said to be concentrated) must be positioned precisely over the supporting object.

In the case of the Charlie Charlie Challenge, players balance two long objects with rounded edges on top of one another. Naturally, these hard-to-balance objects have a tendency to roll around.
“Trying to balance one pencil upon another result in a very unstable system,” said Christopher French, head of the anomalistic psychology research unit at the University of London in the United Kingdom. “Even the slightest [draft] or someone’s breath will cause the top pencil to move.”

And the precariously placed pencils will move around regardless of whether you summon a demon after balancing them, This proves that there’s no demonic force necessary for the pencil-moving effect.

Article by: Agudu Samson Seson; co-contributors: Aaliyah Onyx and ,Osifo Aisosa Thelma.


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