Saturday, December 1, 2012

Weird and puzzling browser phenomenon

As a curiosity, I wonder if anyone out there can explain a peculiar phenomenon. When I click on a hypertext link on a web page -- this one, for example -- I typically right-click and then choose "Open Link in New Tab." That way I keep the original page open while also opening the new resource. Do this on the link above and the new tab will display the excellent page of Simolean Sense, a weekly collection of generally great articles from around the web related to human psychology and behavior, finance, biology, mathematics and other such things.

Now the mysterious phenomenon -- Simolean Sense is the ONLY web site I have ever visited where right clicking on links doesn't work for me in a reliable way. On that site, when I right click on a link, typically nothing happens. At first. I have to right click repeatedly, 2, 3,4,5, 8 times, until finally the box opens to show the "Open Link in New Tab" option. It's a completely random phenomenon. (I just noticed that left clicking gives odd behavior too.) My clicking just doesn't work in a reliable way on Simolean Sense, though it does everywhere else. Why is that?


  1. I'm not a javascript expert, but a quick look at the source of the pages shows they're trying to do click tracking (using, and I suspect that the web call is interfering with your right clock. Try running NoScript (for whichever browser you use) and see if that helps.

    1. I second MikeG's theory. The javascript is "delaying" the popupe. It should still appear on the first click if you wait a few seconds. The javascript delay is misleading you into clicking multiple times when one click should still work.

  2. You could also hold down your control key and left click the link. That will usually open the link in a new tab.

  3. yr mouse might be buggering up and you've assigned some other reason ?

  4. The link you mentioned links to another blog about 5 statistics problem, blah, blah, blah...

    In one of them, the birthday problem, the author states:

    "Once the population of an office hits 366 people, it’s a certainty that two people in your office have the same birthday, since there are only 365 possible days of birth."

    That is equivalent to saying that in two tosses of a fair coin, one will be heads and the other will be tails.

    This is a proof that most of the people behind these blogs do not understand what they are talking about.

    As far as the clicking, some auhtors think that by disabling right click on their website will prevent others from saving material. They are mistaken because all you have to do is look at the source or take a screen short of the images.

    Anyway, to many clowns around...

    1. Actually, it is equivalent to saying that in three tosses of a fair coin, it is certain that at least 2 will have the same value, which is true (unless the coin lands on its side).

    2. As a regular reader of Simoleon Sense, I can vouch for Miguel's intelligence and integrity.
      He has more of both than some hater that is grammatically incorrect.

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