2nd Nov 2018 06:30pm
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The Crispin-Buxley Phenomenon

You may or may not have heard of the Crispin-Buxley Phenomenon and if you have not then you are probably wondering what it actually is.

In all honesty, I do not know what it is myself. Simple really. However you have probably come across this article after doing a Google search because you had been asked the question 'Are you familiar with the Crispin-Buxley phenomenon?' on the paid-survey website Prolific and was wondering what on Earth it actually was.

I have sat down and thought about what this could be and all I can think of is that it's a trick question to catch people out if they answer 'yes' to it. As if they do - and we know it doesn't actually exist - then Prolific staff know that the person answering the questions are merely lying on their answers and not worthy of gaining money from doing surveys.

I am, however, unsure why the two surnames (I'm guessing?) were used though. I did check all entries on Prolific's Blog and there was no author with that name, I also checked their list of staff members and couldn't find any link between the names - no one has those surnames (unless the female members of staff had them as their birth surnames if they're now married). The initials of the whole teams first names don't spell it out nor do their surnames.

I also ran the names through anagram solvers and couldn't really find anything either (if you're wondering why I did that, then I'll recommend you Google search 'Most Haunted Kreed Kafer').

There's also nothing in regards of Buxley besides a hamlet in the Scottish Borders. There's a few things for Crispin, but nothing that could be related to this. So all in all, it's just one of those trick questions to try and catch people out.

(If, however, I have got all of this TOTALLY wrong, then feel free to let me know - I enjoy being educated with new information)

 

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