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Will Those 36 Questions Really Make Two People Fall In Love?

02/23/2015 08:21 am ET | Updated Feb 23, 2015

Last month, a New York Times Modern Love essay entitled "To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This" caused quite the hullabaloo, claiming that if two strangers honestly asked and answered a certain 36 questions crafted by psychologist Arthur Aron, true love would inevitably ensue.

Prompts range from, "Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?" to, "When did you last cry in front of another person?" And of course: "How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?"

But is it for real? Can two people really fall hard simply by engaging in a prescribed questionnaire while engaging in deep eye contact? One artist, Mustafa Khan, was determined to find out.

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Khan engraved a treasure chest with Aron's questions, and placed the box, alongside two chairs, on a scenic San Francisco hill. The simple yet beautiful piece is aptly titled "The 36 Questions." Bay area locals have been participating in the installation -- according to Khan, one man even proposed to his girlfriend there.

Interested in taking a stab at true love? Journey up to SF's Bernall hill, look for the "No Outlets" street sign at the end of Ellsworth Street and walk up. Love could be waiting...

  • Photo by Jake Gonen
  • Photo by Jake Gonen
  • Photo by Jake Gonen
  • Photo by Jake Gonen
  • Photo by Jake Gonen
  • Photo by Jake Gonen
  • Photo by Jake Gonen
  • Photo by Jake Gonen
  • Photo by Jake Gonen

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