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  • Tuesday Trivia

    Ray's Question of the Day
    Ray Hamel
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Question for July 22, 2014:Kitty Wells's country hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" was written in response to what Hank Thompson song? Previous question and answer:Who created the 1960s TV shows "Coronet Blue" and "The Invaders"?A: B-movie auteur LARRY COHEN
  • Daily Trivia Quiz for Jul 22, 2014

    Braingle's Trivia Quizzes
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Literary Endings 1 From "Call me Ishmael" in "Moby Dick" to "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" in "A Tale of Two Cities" to "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day" in "Jane Eyre", the opening lines of many classic novels have become quite well-known to avid readers. The last lines, though, may not be quite so famous. How many of the following ending sentences can you recognise? All lines come from what are generally accepted as English literary classics. Please note that especially long sentences may have been truncated, and in some cases, if the last line is…
  • Wordplay Wednesday

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    Ken Jennings
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Hey! I finally got ten seconds to breathe and decided to spend it giving the ol’ blog its annual update. Here’s something new from the Internet this morning: Smithsonian magazine has a section this month about games and play and asked me to put together a little puzzle on the subject. It’s fun! What about an even littler puzzle? It’s time for an early round of Wordplay Wednesday! I’m traveling this month with my family and this was inspired by a recent visit to a favorite city. There’s a major world city whose name, when spelled backward, can be split into…
  • Daily Brain Teaser for Jul 22, 2014

    Braingle's Teasers
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hamlet Can you decipher this phrase: Hamlet Words Check Braingle.com for the answer.
  • Today's Daily Brain Teaser (Jul 23, 2014)

    Braingle's Teasers
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Professor Picanumba I, Professor Picanumba, will amaze and astound you. Take a piece of paper and write any word on it. Fold the paper in half twice, and put it on the floor. Now stand on it. Believe it or not, I will now tell you what is on the paper. Check Braingle.com for the answer.
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  • Today's Daily Brain Teaser (Jul 23, 2014)

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Professor Picanumba I, Professor Picanumba, will amaze and astound you. Take a piece of paper and write any word on it. Fold the paper in half twice, and put it on the floor. Now stand on it. Believe it or not, I will now tell you what is on the paper. Check Braingle.com for the answer.
  • Daily Brain Teaser for Jul 22, 2014

    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hamlet Can you decipher this phrase: Hamlet Words Check Braingle.com for the answer.
 
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    Braingle's Trivia Quizzes

  • Today's Daily Trivia Quiz (Jul 23, 2014)

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    "The Waterboy" This quiz is based on the 1998 movie "The Waterboy" starring Adam Sandler. Take the Quiz at Braingle.com
  • Daily Trivia Quiz for Jul 22, 2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Literary Endings 1 From "Call me Ishmael" in "Moby Dick" to "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" in "A Tale of Two Cities" to "There was no possibility of taking a walk that day" in "Jane Eyre", the opening lines of many classic novels have become quite well-known to avid readers. The last lines, though, may not be quite so famous. How many of the following ending sentences can you recognise? All lines come from what are generally accepted as English literary classics. Please note that especially long sentences may have been truncated, and in some cases, if the last line is…
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    Braingle's Mentalrobics

  • Vocabulary : Word of the Day : Inculcate

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    in-cul-cate verb :: To teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; to urge on the mind. "Lastly, I have endeavoured strongly to inculcate, that virtue and innocence can scarce ever be injured but by indiscretion; and that it is this alone which often betrays them into the snares that deceit and villainy spread for them." --Fielding, Henry
  • Creativity : Left and Right Brain

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The brain is made up of a left hemisphere and a right hemisphere, which are connected in the middle by a bundle of nerves called the corpus callosum. Each side of the brain controls the opposite side of your body. When your left hand moves, it's the right side of your brain that is telling it to do so, and vice versa. Each side also processes information in different ways; the left side tends to be the rational side and the right side tends to be more intuitive or artistic. People are often dominant in one side or the other. Since the thinking process is improved when both hemispheres…
  • Memory : Priming

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here is another technique for remembering people's names. If you know that you are about to go into a situation where you may need to remember people's names, you can use a technique called "priming." To do this, you will need a list of the people who you might encounter. If you are going to a high school reunion, you could flip through your yearbook. If you are going to a company party, you could scan through the company directory. Studies show that if you have "primed" your memory with all the potential names, you will be much more likely to recall a particular name when you encounter that…
 
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    Braingle's Newest Brain Teasers and Riddles

  • Chain Letters 9

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The following two 4x4 grids each contain a 12-letter word. Each word is formed by a chain of letters. A word can begin with any of the letters. The second letter of a word is adjacent (either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) to the first letter, the third letter is adjacent to the second, and so on. No letter can be used more than once. Four letters in each grid will be unused. EQOT LUSI BEFO TANT CEHC SINT OAIS CLUQ Check Braingle.com for the answer.
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    Braingle's Newest Trivia Quizzes

  • Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How much can you remember from these games? Can you remember the characters? Can you remember the settings? Can you remember the tiny details that are easy overlooked? This quiz tests those things. Take the Quiz at Braingle.com
  • Michael Crichton

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Michael Crichton is an award winning American author. He is best noted for writing works such as "Jurassic Park" and "The Andromeda Strain". Take the Quiz at Braingle.com
  • Dark Disney

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Guess these animated Disney movies based on their explanations as if they're horror movies. Take the Quiz at Braingle.com
  • Pokémon: Nuzlocke Challenge

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Nuzlocke Challenge is a set of rules you can play with on your old, played-a-million-times Pokémon game. Take the Quiz at Braingle.com
 
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    Ray's Question of the Day

  • Tuesday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Question for July 22, 2014:Kitty Wells's country hit "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" was written in response to what Hank Thompson song? Previous question and answer:Who created the 1960s TV shows "Coronet Blue" and "The Invaders"?A: B-movie auteur LARRY COHEN
  • Monday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    Question for July 21, 2014:Who created the 1960s TV shows "Coronet Blue" and "The Invaders"?Previous question and answer:The nasty reptilian Kremlings made their first appearance in what video game?A: DONKEY KONG COUNTRY
  • Friday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Question for July 18, 2014:The nasty reptilian Kremlings made their first appearance in what video game?Previous question and answer:Pontiac adman Jim Wangers helped write the lyrics to what million-selling hit of the 1960s? A: "GTO," a 1964 hit for Ronny and the Daytonas
  • Thursday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Question for July 17, 2014:Pontiac adman Jim Wangers helped write the lyrics to what million-selling hit of the 1960s? Previous question and answer:What R&B singer, most popular in the 1940s, was backed by His Mighty Mighty Men? A: ROY BROWN
  • Wednesday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Question for July 16, 2014:What R&B singer, most popular in the 1940s, was backed by His Mighty Mighty Men? Previous question and answer:In the movie “The Third Man,” Harry Lime is accused of selling what tainted medical supply on the black market? A: PENICILLIN
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  • Elmo, time traveler

    Ken Jennings
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Okay, we are finally back from a month in Spain and Britain that kept me away from the blog pretty efficiently. On the plus side, lots of time in planes and cars meant I got to catch up on some reading. Here’s the full log: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Seriocomic account of a fictional kid riding through Kansas and Virginia with abolitionist John Brown. McBride obviously takes great pleasure in the colorful way Americans talked then, or at least they way we would like to believe they did. A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers. I saw Dave Eggers speak a couple months ago and I…
  • Wordplay Wednesday

    Ken Jennings
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Hey! I finally got ten seconds to breathe and decided to spend it giving the ol’ blog its annual update. Here’s something new from the Internet this morning: Smithsonian magazine has a section this month about games and play and asked me to put together a little puzzle on the subject. It’s fun! What about an even littler puzzle? It’s time for an early round of Wordplay Wednesday! I’m traveling this month with my family and this was inspired by a recent visit to a favorite city. There’s a major world city whose name, when spelled backward, can be split into…
  • Shell game

    Ken Jennings
    29 May 2014 | 5:25 pm
    I saw this chart on the Internet a couple weeks ago, and realized it made a pretty good trivia question if you removed the caption. What is being graphed here? Edited to add: Correctly solved by econgator over on the message boards. Linky here.
  • Out of time

    Ken Jennings
    24 May 2014 | 10:27 am
    I had to fly to New York this week, and that’s a long flight from Seattle, so I got to finally finish some books I started over a month ago. Both were very good, and I recommend them to your attention if you’re looking for a novel. But I noticed a weird anachronism in both. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson: In 1910, a character makes a joke about The House at Pooh Corner, a book that came out in 1928. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. In 1981, a character nicknames her boyfriend “Chia Pet.” Chia Pet wasn’t a widely available brand (i.e. well-known enough to be in…
  • Odd man out

    Ken Jennings
    21 May 2014 | 11:34 pm
    At long last: the return of Wordplay Wednesday! What do these words all have in common? Which one doesn’t quite belong? ACHIER CANNY GOOP HOSE OIL RAINBELL RHOMBOIDAL RUSTIC SOUP UNTAPES YACHT Edited to add: UNTAPES is the one that doesn’t belong, as eoyount and others explain. Then Bill pointed out that skullturfq came up with the exact same puzzle idea back in 2008! Oops.
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  • Morning Cup of Links: One Really Big Bug

    Miss Cellania
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The World's Largest Aquatic Insect May Have Been Found, And It Will Haunt Your Dreams. You can’t even hold it in your hand -as if you’d want to. * Make Fun Of The Mistakes Of Geniuses With These Classic Jeopardy! Bloopers. Yes, that one with Ken Jennings is included. *13 Insane Fair Foods You Need To Eat This Summer. Not all in the same day, of course; that could be fatal. *Living With Disability in the Dark Ages. The lack of documentation could mean it wasn’t considered so far out of the ordinary. * Here's What A Bestseller Looked Like In The 1920s. You can tell they judged a book by…
  • Grant Wood's 'American Gothic'

    Elizabeth Lunday
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    For Grant Wood, the trade-off for fame was steep.
  • How to Make Cycling Across the U.S. Look Easy

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The open road is impossible to resist, and if you give yourself enough time to prepare, you can make an epic, once-in-a-lifetime bike journey look like a breeze. 1. Find the Right The Bike This is a heavy-duty journey, so the bike with pegs your mom got you when you were 14 isn’t going to cut it. If you can afford one, a serious touring bike will make your pedal-fueled adventure much easier. These bikes are built for the long haul with durable frames, strong wheels, and appropriate gearing.  2. Or Modify Your Current Bike If you don’t want to take on the expense of a touring bike, you…
  • 14 Tattoos Dedicated to Snack Foods

    Jill Harness
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Some people satisfy their snack cravings with sugar, others with sweets—but it takes a special kind of snacker to dedicate a patch of skin to their favorite munchies.
  • 12 Facts About the Death's-Head Hawkmoth

    Erin McCarthy
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Celebrate National Moth Week with a few facts about one of the most striking insects in the animal kingdom: The Death's-Head Hawkmoth.
 
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