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    Imponderables
    feldman
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:05 pm
    When I worked at NBC, one of my stranger tasks was to sit in a room with another programmer and come up with titles for theatrical movies that we had bought. These movies had bombed so badly at the...
  • Today's Daily Brain Teaser (Dec 22, 2014)

    Braingle's Teasers
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    You're Dreaming! What's this rebus? OUTER SPACE 3.14159 GROUND Check Braingle.com for the answer.
  • Today's Daily Trivia Quiz (Dec 22, 2014)

    Braingle's Trivia Quizzes
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    "Sleigh Ride" This song was written and composed by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish. How well can you remember it? Have fun! Take the Quiz at Braingle.com
  • Vocabulary : Word of the Day : Desiccant

    Braingle's Mentalrobics
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    des-ic-cant noun :: Substance used to absorb moisture. "A little desiccant packet in the shipping container helps prevent mildew."
  • 1+1=2

    Braingle's Newest Brain Teasers and Riddles
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    ONE + ONE = TWO Using neither of the numbers 1 or 2, replace each letter of the equation to make it true. Also, no letter is equal to zero. If so, what is WETTEN? Check Braingle.com for the answer.
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    Imponderables

  • Schmovie

    feldman
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:05 pm
    When I worked at NBC, one of my stranger tasks was to sit in a room with another programmer and come up with titles for theatrical movies that we had bought. These movies had bombed so badly at the...
  • KerFlip!

    feldman
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:13 pm
    It's December, so that means the annual Will Shortz's Wonderful World of Words just ended, and once again, we played four terrific word games. We especially enjoy supporting the products of independent game companies, who have seen many toy...
  • How To Make Ceviche

    feldman
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Don't forget the love! [Thanks to John DiBartolo]...
  • God Only Knows

    feldman
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    [Thanks to Maggie Wittenburg]...
  • David Letterman: Game Show Host

    feldman
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Mark Evanier, major domo at the estimable blog, News from Me, recently posted a wonderful link to an interview with a very young David Letterman, in which Letterman alludes to hosting a game show: http://www.newsfromme.com/2014/06/19/todays-video-link-1720/ As it so happens,the game...
 
 
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    Braingle's Mentalrobics

  • Vocabulary : Word of the Day : Desiccant

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    des-ic-cant noun :: Substance used to absorb moisture. "A little desiccant packet in the shipping container helps prevent mildew."
  • Creativity : Number Exercises

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    These number exercises will help improve your concentration and mental endurance. 1. Recite all the numbers between 1 and 100 that contain the digit 3 (3, 13, 23...). 2. Count down from 200 by 7s (200, 193, 186...). 3. Recite the numbers by alternatly counting up by 2s and by 3s (2-3, 4-6, 6-9, 8-12...). 4. Try reciting a number series while writing down a different series. Pick any number series you want (up by 2s, down by 7s, every number containing 4s, etc.). Feel free to modify these exercises and practice them to increase your ability.
  • Memory : Acronyms & Acrostics

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A mnemonic is a technique for aiding memory. Mnemonic systems involve adding something more memorable to the information you are studying. We have already seen how rhymes can act as a mnemonic. Other examples of mnemonics are acronyms and acrostics. Acronym To create an acronym, take the first letters of the items that you are trying to remember and make a new word out of them. For example the word "BRASS" can be used to remember how to shoot a rifle: Breath, Relax, Aim, Sight, Squeeze. "CART" could be used to remember your grocery list: Carrots, Apples, Radishes, and Turnips. Acrostic An…
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    Braingle's Newest Brain Teasers and Riddles

  • 1+1=2

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    ONE + ONE = TWO Using neither of the numbers 1 or 2, replace each letter of the equation to make it true. Also, no letter is equal to zero. If so, what is WETTEN? Check Braingle.com for the answer.
 
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    Ray's Question of the Day

  • Monday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    Question for December 22, 2014:What town is threatened with a loss of snow in the TV Christmas special “Frosty Returns”? Previous question and answer:What comedian’s radio show fell out of the top 10 ratings after ABC launched the game show “Stop the Music!” in the same time slot? A: FRED ALLEN
  • Friday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    Question for December 19, 2014:What comedian’s radio show fell out of the top 10 ratings after ABC launched the game show “Stop the Music!” in the same time slot? Previous question and answer:What top 10 hit song from 1982 was inspired by the Robert Ludlum novel “The Bourne Identity”?A:"TWILIGHT ZONE" by Golden Earring
  • Thursday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    Question for December 18, 2014:What top 10 hit song from 1982 was inspired by the Robert Ludlum novel “The Bourne Identity”?Previous question and answer:What country singer appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1974 with the caption “I’m 15, You’re Gonna Hear From Me”?A: TANYA TUCKER.  The full caption began "Hi, I'm Tanya Tucker."
  • Wednesday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    Question for December 17, 2014:What country singer appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1974 with the caption “I’m 15, You’re Gonna Hear From Me”? Previous question and answer:Quentin Coldwater was the High King of what magic kingdom in Lev Grossman’s Magicians Trilogy?A: FILLORY
  • Tuesday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    Question for December 16, 2014:Quentin Coldwater was the High King of what magic kingdom in Lev Grossman’s Magicians Trilogy?Previous question and answer:What candy was promoted for more than 20 years with the jingle "Whatever It Is I Think I See"?A: "Whatever it is I think I see becomes a TOOTSIE ROLL to me."
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  • Season’s greetings!

    Ken Jennings
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Here’s an actual photo of me taking care of today’s most important business: preparing holiday gifts for friends and loved ones! I always wear my favorite sweater for this, as you can see. Quick reminder that signed and personalized copies of all my books are available from Seattle’s Third Place Books. What a delightful surprise under the tree! If an autographed BOOK BY ME would help with your holiday shopping list, shoot Third Place an email at booksense@thirdplacebooks.com with the details. But act quickly! Only 16 more shopping days until Christmas.
  • Mike drop

    Ken Jennings
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Over on the message boards, a reader called ore read last week’s post about estimating the number of people you know using one of America’s most disgustingly ubiquitous resources: people named Mike. He or she has a concern: One weakness of this method is that the people you know are not a random sample of the US population. For example, the people you know may (or may not) be disproportionately Utahn, college-educated, within about 10 years of your age, etc. If Michaels are more common in those groups, then a higher proportion of people you know are likely to be named Michael.
  • These are the Mikes I know

    Ken Jennings
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:32 pm
    This article I saw last week on FiveThirtyEight.com estimated that 11.6 out of every 1,000 Americans are named Michael. That’s considerably more than any other first name, the runners-up being James (10.2 per 1,000) and John (9.7 per 1,000). The first thing I thought of when I saw this article: if I can calculate how many Michaels I know personally, I can figure out how many total people I know! (I have no idea how meaningful this metric actually is. Feel free to chime in here, statisticians.) I’ve been keeping a list on my phone for the last week, and have managed to remember 23…
  • Slowest finger

    Ken Jennings
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Here we go, at the last minute, and mostly because I’m feeling very guilty about deserting this blog for Twitter most of the time: I’m going to be on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire tomorrow, Friday! It’s a special Guinness record-holder week and they invited me on their show on the basis of some game show-related record I notched on Jeopardy! back in the day. I have dreamed of being on Millionaire since back in 1999 when I used to call the phone line every evening after work. It took fifteen years but it’s all happening! I know what you want to ask, and I probably…
  • Wordplay Wednesday: unlikely cohabitation edition

    Ken Jennings
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    We used to do more picture puzzles on this blog. BRINGING IT BACK. Here are nine people you may or may not recognize. The question is: based on what they all have in common, you might not be surprised to learn that all these people in fact live together in the same house. What kind of house would that be? Edited to add: You can see the answers over on the message boards. Hats off to jbenz for spotting the theme first and Lalock for figuring out the answer.
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    Mental Floss

  • The Rules and Origins of 6 Gift Exchanges

    Jessica Bloustein Marshall
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    One can rarely make it through the holidays without hearing about, or participating in, some kind of gift exchange. They're a great way to spread holiday cheer without breaking the bank. There are many different types of gift exchanges, and a dizzying variety of rules. Here's a little primer on some of the most popular ones, in case Barb from Accounting asks you to join in the holiday gift-swapping fun. White Elephant Gift Swap How It Works: While there are many variations on the theme, the most common rules require at least 4-6 people. Each brings a small, wrapped gift, usually something…
  • Missing Disney Christmas Short from 1927 Discovered in Norway

    Erin McCarthy
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    We've lost a number of classic films—even some Oscar-nominated ones. But occasionally, lost films will pop up in places where you least expect them. Such was the case with Walt Disney's first Christmas short, Empty Socks, which was rediscovered at The National Library of Norway in 2008. A restored version of the film was shown at the library earlier this week. The silent film—which stars Mickey's predecessor, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit—was originally released in 1927. It was found by two employees while they were taking inventory at the library's nitrate film archive. “At the beginning,…
  • Scraper Bikes: The World of Customized Bicycles

    the mag
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Photography by Matthew Reamer  Q&A by Kristy Puchko  Kids in Oakland, Calif., tend to travel in packs—like kids everywhere do—but look closely and you’ll see that their bikes are one-of-a-kind. The trend takes a cue from the customized car scene (they’re called “scraper bikes” after scraper cars—the ones that have rims so oversized they scrape the inside of the wheel well). But more than just a showy mode of transport, these bikes are a movement. It began to crystallize around 2007, when Oakland bike hacker Tyrone Stevenson Jr., aka “the Scraper Bike King,” started…
  • Roman Numerals

    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
  • 11 Things You Might Not Know About Reindeer

    Jill Harness
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    Beyond their sled-pulling capabilities and discrimination towards those with red noses, what do you really know about reindeer?
 
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    Answer Blip

  • How to Care for Aging Family Members

    Anca
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:01 am
    Taking care of your aging family members is not as easy as it looks like. Just because they are getting older and older there is no reason for them not to enjoy life like they used to. You may feel sad about them and you wish you could do something to make their old age easier to bear. After a certain age human body is getting weaker and weaker. Its natural functions don’t work so well anymore, especially the mobility function that is related to the health of the musculoskeletal system gets weaker year by year. We all need special care at some point in our lives Don’t you think…
  • Tips on How to Get Rid of Mold and Keep it from Threatening Your Family’s Health

    Alina
    2 May 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Your family’s health is very important and you use everything that can come in handy when it comes to protecting it. In a house, the air that you and your family breathe must be clean and fresh in order to maintain a good health, therefore you have to make sure you don’t let your family breathe unclean air. The air we breathe may contain various impurities, such as allergens,dust, fungus and pollen, that can cause allergies and asthma. Mold is unpleasant and dangerous for your health One of the biggest problems you may encounter in your home is mold. In addition to deteriorated…
  • Outdoor Family Activities for Winter

    Alina
    10 Feb 2014 | 3:34 am
    As winter begins to instal itself, cold temperatures force us to spend more and more time inside our warm and cozy houses. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t go outside with your family and enjoy the snow and the winter ambiance. In this article, we have gather some outdoor family time ideas that will definitely turn into some wonderful memories. Build a snowman The best thing about winter is that you can create snowmen. Every child loves to build snowmen in the yard, especially during the holidays. After managing to form a snowman’s body, children can begin to use…
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    Mix Top Ten Lists

  • Top 10 TV Shows & Films That Criticize North Korea

    admin
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    “The Interview” is a film about the fictional assassination of Kim Jong-un by TV journalists, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Sony Pictures, which produced “The Interview,” was the subject of a massive data hack recently, and now U.S. officials have said North Korea was involved. “The Interview” was supposed to come out on Christmas Day. Now the release has been put on hold indefinitely. Many movie theatres have opted to play Team America: World Police (2004), instead. The good news there are 10 other places you can watch North Korea being…
  • Top 10 Mental Disorders Batman Has

    admin
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Batman has got to be the favored superhero of the mentally ill. He’s their King, after all—the guy who took his unhealthy obsession to mega-levels, and in doing so, became a legend. (Of course, Batman is also one of the most popular heroes for the American population—what that says about the sanity of the nation at large is an open question.) It makes sense, then, that most of Batman’s villains are a few batarangs short of a full utility belt—try to name one of the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery that’s not cuckoo for cocoa puffs. Batman’s whole shtick is that he’s the madman…
  • Top 10 Most Viral YouTube Videos

    admin
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:17 pm
    If you want to enjoy a musical video or funny video, then you must have to browse you tube, the most popular site of video viewing platform which was invented in 2005 and is now owned by Google. It has gained ultimate popularity in a very short time; of course, it’s owned by Google, the largest search engine. As of December 2014, here are the top 10 viral YouTube videos of all time.   10. Bad Romance, Lady Gaga “Bad Romance” is a song by American singer Lady Gaga from her third extended play, The Fame Monster (2009). On October 3, 2009, the song was first performed as…
  • Top 10 Modern Day Child Prodigies

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:24 pm
    This top ten list explores the 10 modern day child prodigies in various fields from around the world. Prepare yourself for lots of squeals, “awww”s and spurts of high self-esteem.   10. Priyanshi Somani Priyanshi Somani is a 16 year mental calculator from India. She was able to calculate numbers mentally since she was 6. She was also the youngest participant to compete in the Mental Calculation World Cup in 2010. She is also the only participant to have 100% accuracy in addition, multiplication, square root in all competitions to date.   9. Elaina Smith Smith is a…
  • Top 10 Coolest Jobs On The Market

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    There’s always a shortage of work around the world. And as people sit down to celebrate the holidays, they are preparing their list for new year’s resolutions. If one of your resolutions is to find a job, here are the ten coolest jobs on the market to consider.   10. Video Games Tester You’ll never be able to resist the temptation with this job. Your task would be to play video games all day and find issues or suggest areas for improvements. The employer is literally paying you to have fun! If your boss ever catches you doing some actual work you will be confronted with…
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    Phactual

  • 17 Facts About Crying & Tears You May Not Have Known

    Agent Bedhead
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    Everybody cries whether they’ll freely admit it to others or not. The reasons why we cry are multiple and varied. Scientists, psychologists, and anthropologists have studied the topic in depth, and here are some of their surprising findings. 1. People cry for three primary reasons. When most of us think about crying, Emotional tears come to mind. Those are the horrible sobbing tears or the merciful happy ones. But there are two other types of tears (both categorized as “lacrimal”), Basal and Reflex. The former type lubricates and cleans eyes to protect vision. The latter are…
  • Bad Sports – 11 Of The Best

    Jenny Farren
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    A good sport knows the aim is not to win but to take part. He plays fair and accepts victory and defeat. Forget that here – these guys went all out to win. #1 Frederick Lorz Lorz won the 1904 Olympic marathon by cheating in a quite spectacular way – he drove 11 miles of it in a car. He was banned for life but went on to be reinstated and won the Boston Marathon in 1905 (yes on foot!) in 2:38:25. #2 Ali’s Trash Talk Ali knew that the psychological advantage started pre-game. He played the man not the ball, and his finest trash-talk was directed to George Foreman: “I…
  • Shoot. Play. Love. 6 Deadly Deadwood Women

    Jenny Farren
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    The gold rush town of Deadwood was lawless with a murder rate of one per day. But these risk-taking, cross-dressing cardsharps were ready for action from the day they arrived on Colorado Charlies’ wagon train. #1 Madame Moustache This blackjack-dealing card-sharp, prostitute and hard drinking gun-slinger was described as having: “A dainty strip of black hair upon her upper lip.  She deals her own game and is quite popular with the boys, who treat her with marked respect.  She has bright black eyes and a musical voice, and there is something attractive about her as she looks up…
  • Google’s Year In Search 2014

    Liz Morse
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    Google released its top search terms of 2014 in this compelling video. From Game of Thrones to Malala Yousafzai, Ferguson to Ebola, Google asks, “what do these searches say about us?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVwHCGAr_OE   Here are Google’s top 10 searches of 2014: 1. Robin Williams 2. World Cup 3. Ebola 4. Malaysia Airlines 5. Flappy Bird 6. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 7. ISIS 8. Ferguson 9. Frozen 10. Ukraine
  • 13 Myths and Facts About Eating Disorders

    Olivia James
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    Eating disorders are everywhere in the news, but we usually get the same sound bytes over and over. Sometimes these perpetuate myths about eating disorders and rarely do they give us new and interested information about a complex phenomenon. Here are 13 things you might think you know about eating disorders and the facts behind them. 1. People with eating disorders are skinny. The typical image of an eating disordered person is someone emaciated, but the majority of people who have eating disorders fall into an average or healthy weight category. It’s even entirely possible for…
 
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