We're sometimes obtuse, we're sometimes right.
We have eight sides, and proffer insight.
Columbus likes our shape, seers like our font.
As do mages, pirates, and debutantes.

Who are we? Three words.

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    $\begingroup$ Why is it being downvoted? $\endgroup$
    – I'm Nobody
    Commented May 26, 2022 at 20:11

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Are you a

magic 8 ball

We're sometimes obtuse,

They can provide seemingly meaningless answers like "Try Again Later"

we're sometimes right.

Given that they often have yes/no responses, given enough questions and responses, then they will be right on occasion

We have eight sides,

Not really sure about this once since they allegedly have 20 sides, maybe to do with the 8?

and proffer insight.

You ask them questions and they provide responses

Columbus likes our shape,

Spherical, like the Earth that he sailed around

seers like our font.

Magic 8 balls are used for divination

As do mages,



Pieces of 8

and debutantes.


  • $\begingroup$ Well done. The "eight sides" was kind of a dad joke, rot13(urer "rvtug" vf na nqwrpgvir). The "font" refers to rot13(obgu gur jngre erprcgnpyr naq nf n pbzzba zvffcryyvat bs sbhag). And with "Columbus", I was going for rot13(Pbyhzohf rtt, fvapr vg unf n syng fvqr). $\endgroup$ Commented May 26, 2022 at 7:15
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, I've never heard of rot13(Pbyhzohf rtt, fvapr vg unf n syng fvqr) before, so learnt something new today! $\endgroup$
    – JQL
    Commented May 27, 2022 at 2:09

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