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  • Daily Trivia Quiz for Jul 30, 2014

    Braingle's Trivia Quizzes
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Jonas Brothers- "S.O.S." How well do you know the song "S.O.S."? Take the Quiz at Braingle.com
  • Today's Daily Brain Teaser (Jul 31, 2014)

    Braingle's Teasers
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Trapdoors There are five doors, one leads to the exit, the others lead to traps. They are in a line. The clues tell you which position the doors are in the line and where the door to freedom is. All the clues are true. Each door has a clue written on it. The clues read: The blue door: This door is two spots away from the door to freedom. The red door: This door is at the far right, and is two spots away from the blue door. The purple door: This door is not next to the door to freedom. The green door: This door is left of the blue door. The orange door: This door is not next to the red or blue…
  • Today's Daily Trivia Quiz (Jul 31, 2014)

    Braingle's Trivia Quizzes
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What's My Line II Do you know your movies? Test your knowledge by matching the correct movie line with the movie. Take the Quiz at Braingle.com
  • Creativity : Quota

    Braingle's Mentalrobics
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Thinking fluently is a key quality of a creative thinker. One way to force yourself to think fluently is to impose a quota upon yourself. Set a time limit and a goal for a certain number of ideas, and then start writing down every idea that comes to mind. The initial ideas will usually be less interesting than the later ones because all of the obvious concepts are right at the surface of your consciousness. If you go long enough to get through the obvious concepts, you will have much better results. For this reason, you should set your quota high and keep writing down your ideas until the…
  • Joe's Age

    Braingle's Newest Brain Teasers and Riddles
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Joe's age plus 3 is a square number Joe's age minus 3 is the square root What is Joe's age? Check Braingle.com for the answer.
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    Braingle's Teasers

  • Today's Daily Brain Teaser (Jul 31, 2014)

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Trapdoors There are five doors, one leads to the exit, the others lead to traps. They are in a line. The clues tell you which position the doors are in the line and where the door to freedom is. All the clues are true. Each door has a clue written on it. The clues read: The blue door: This door is two spots away from the door to freedom. The red door: This door is at the far right, and is two spots away from the blue door. The purple door: This door is not next to the door to freedom. The green door: This door is left of the blue door. The orange door: This door is not next to the red or blue…
  • Daily Brain Teaser for Jul 30, 2014

    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Word Links II Insert one word in each pair to link the two words together. The end of the first word is the beginning of the second. 1. Rain___Tie 2. Tooth__Tale 3. Sea____Hole 4. Circuit__Yard 5. Third___Board 6. Stone__Flower 7. High___Star Check Braingle.com for the answer.
 
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    Braingle's Mentalrobics

  • Creativity : Quota

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Thinking fluently is a key quality of a creative thinker. One way to force yourself to think fluently is to impose a quota upon yourself. Set a time limit and a goal for a certain number of ideas, and then start writing down every idea that comes to mind. The initial ideas will usually be less interesting than the later ones because all of the obvious concepts are right at the surface of your consciousness. If you go long enough to get through the obvious concepts, you will have much better results. For this reason, you should set your quota high and keep writing down your ideas until the…
  • Memory : Prospective Memory

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Prospective memory is the memory for actions that you want to take in the future. Retrospective memory is the memory of things that have already happened. It is generally more bothersome to people to forget to do something than it is to forget something that you already did. One way to improve prospective memory is to link it to something that you cannot forget. For example, if you are having trouble remembering to mail your letters, put the letters under your keys. The next time you leave the house, you will be reminded of the mail. Another way is visualize the intended action in a place…
  • Vocabulary : Word of the Day : Parry

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    par-ry verb :: To evade especially by a clever answer. "He skillfully parried the question with a humorous remark."
 
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    Braingle's Newest Trivia Quizzes

  • Discworld I

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    "Discworld" is a bestselling series started by Terry Pratchett in 1983. As of 2014, he has written over 40 accompanying books, and many of them have made it to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Take the Quiz at Braingle.com
 
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    Ray's Question of the Day

  • Thursday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
    Question for July 31, 2014:What businessman was involved in founding both the Hard Rock Café and House of Blues? Previous question and answer:What hit song by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich included Dave Dee cracking a whip in its chorus? A: "THE LEGEND OF XANADU"
  • Wednesday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Question for July 30, 2014:What hit song by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich included Dave Dee cracking a whip in its chorus? Previous question and answer:During the 2008 Christmas season, what fast food chain introduced a body spray called Flame, designed to smell like flame-broiled hamburgers?A: BURGER KING
  • Tuesday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Question for July 29, 2014:During the 2008 Christmas season, what fast food chain introduced a body spray called Flame, designed to smell like flame-broiled hamburgers?Previous question and answer:What rock band returned from a four-year hiatus in 2013 with three drummers in its new line-up -- Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto, and Bill Rieflin?A: KING CRIMSON
  • Monday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Question for July 28, 2014:What rock band returned from a four-year hiatus in 2013 with three drummers in its new line-up -- Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto, and Bill Rieflin? Previous question and answer:In “The Catcher in the Rye,” what alias does Holden Caulfield use while talking to girls in a New York club? A: JIM STEELE
  • Friday Trivia

    Ray Hamel
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Question for July 25, 2014:In “The Catcher in the Rye,” what alias does Holden Caulfield use while talking to girls in a New York club? Previous question and answer:Who made the last out of the 1926 World Series when he was caught trying to steal second base? A: BABE RUTH
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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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  • 12 Hidden Celebrity Cameos in Movies

    Rudie Obias
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Don't blink!
  • 35 Kinds of Hot, Sexy Homophone Action

    Arika Okrent
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The world of homophones is not as innocent as it may seem.
  • 11 Little Quirks in Baseball's Early Rules

    Hannah Keyser
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Baseball has been part of American culture and consciousness since the mid-1700s. Even though it's a classic game, it's still showing signs of evolution. For instance, some of the rules of yore seem particularly quirky compared to the modern game. 1. In the earliest version of base ball—two words back then—games were not nine innings long. Instead, teams played until one side scored 21 runs, which, at the time, were called “aces.” 2. Before 1872, pitchers had to throw underhand. This was largely because their purpose wasn’t to get outs but to serve up pitches to be put in play.
  • 9 Silly Sharks to Prepare You for Shark Week

    Miss Cellania
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    The Discovery Channel held their first Shark Week promotion in 1987. In the 27 years since then, the seemingly educational series of programming has “jumped the shark,” so to speak, and slid into entertainment, and even more recently, into cryptozoology. This year’s Shark Week will begin Sunday, August 10. To get you ready for this year's Shark Week, here are some of the silliest sharks in pop culture history. 1. Land Shark During the fourth episode of Saturday Night Live, the Not Ready for Prime Time Players did a spoof of the movie Jaws called “Jaws II,” featuring the character…
  • The Magical Origins of Harry Potter Words

    Erin McCarthy
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Whether you're a wizard, squib, or just plain muggle, you're probably celebrating the Chosen One's birthday today. And what better way to do it than by examining the origins of some of the wonderful words J.K. Rowling used to create the world of the Boy Who Lived?
 
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