Go grab a pen and some paper and try this.

Go grab a pen and some paper and try

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It’s a machine that’s been passed down generations, and its utility transcends geography and culture. “We both agreed that [everyone] knows how a bike is made,” Gimini says. “But then [my friend] tried to draw one on a napkin, and he failed.

Over the last six years Gianluca Gimini asked more than 500 people to draw a bicycle from memory.

A psychologist from the University of Liverpool even conducted a test that challenged people to draw a bicycle from memory.

A psychologist from the University of Liverpool even has also conducted a test that challenged people to draw a bicycle from memory.

Drawing a bicycle from memory is harder than it sounds; of the 370 people who really tried (Gimini says a lot of people go rogue, when they realize their drawings aren't turning out right), about 25 percent managed to accurately sketch a bike.

Instead, he created digital renderings of some of the weirdest, most impractical designs that came from the other 75 percent of the test group. “People draw some really crazy stuff when they are trying to be totally non-creative and just follow a task,” he says.

It is instead a celebration of the ways people can be accidentally creative. “People draw some really crazy stuff when they are trying to be totally non-creative and just follow a task,” he says.

Gimini was recounting a childhood memory about a classmate who was asked to draw a bicycle, on the spot, in front of the entire class.

And you may remember that BuzzFeed article from 2013, "Here’s What Happens When You Ask People To Draw A Map Of The USA From Memory. " (What happens is people can’t do it.

In this way, it's similar to a project that made the rounds online in 2014, when a high school student in San Antonio, Texas, asked strangers to draw a map of the world.

Go grab a pen and some paper and try this: Using only your memory, draw a bicycle. You have two minutes.

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