(1) Pick a number from 1 to 9.
The number is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9.
(2) Subtract 5.
The number is -4, -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4.
(3) Multiply by 3.
The number is -12, -9, -6, -3, 0, 3, 6, 9, or 12.
(4) Square the number.
The number is 0, 9, 36, 81, or 144.
(5) Add the digits until you get only one digit.
The number is 0 or 9.
(6) If the number is less than 5, add 5. Otherwise, subtract 4.
The number is 5.
(7) Multiply by 2.
The number is 10.
(8) Subtract 6.
The number is 4.
(9) Map the digit to a letter in the alphabet.
The letter is D.
(10) Pick a name of a country that begins with that letter.
According to the 1997 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, there are only four
countries whose names begin with the letter D: Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, and
the Dominican Republic.
Odds are that you initially thought of Denmark.
(11) Take the second letter in the country name and think of an animal that
begins with that letter.
There are many animals whose names begin with the letter E, but again, odds are
you initally thought of the elephant.
(12) Think of the color of that animal.
It should be obvious why most of you have a gray elephant from Denmark.