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I sometimes act silly like this that I pick up anything comprised of many smaller parts then leave my conclusion on how it is numbered or labeled.
Piece1: Mark knows my language
Piece2: Mark knows not
Piece3: Mark knows
Piece4: Mark knows not
Piece5: Mark knows
Piece6: Mark knows not
...
PieceN: Mark knows not :-(

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Could you explain in more detail how this works? It sounds like a game young girls sometimes play: they pluck the petals off a flower, saying "he loves me" or "he loves me not" each time they pluck a petal. Whichever phrase they say as they pluck the final petal is supposed to be the truth. Wikipedia has an article about it: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_Loves_Me..._He_Loves_Me_Not –  Nicholas Aug 8 '11 at 1:35
    
I don't mean to use it for love, Thank you . –  StackUnderblow Aug 8 '11 at 1:54
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What I meant was, does the game I described and linked to sound similar to what you're talking about, even though you're not talking about love in your example? –  Nicholas Aug 8 '11 at 1:56
    
@StackUnderblow: Could you please consider accepting answers to the questions you've asked? You'll get 2 rep, and at the moment you have only a very low 17% accept rate. –  simchona Aug 8 '11 at 2:57
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It looks to me like an Ip dip, being a counting-out game often intended to select a person to be "it" (often, for the purpose of playing another game). Or decide anything, akin to tossing a coin.

Common chants are One potato, two potato, and Dip dip dip my blue [or, little] ship. In these, as each word (or phrase) is uttered, a different person is pointed to, going round the participants. The last person indicated is the one selected.

As @Nicholas comments, a similar principle applies with young girls chanting He loves me / He loves me not alternately as they pull all the petals off a daisy. The version chanted on the last petal is supposed to be the truth.

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