## Wednesday, January 28, 2009

### BRAINTENANCE QUIZ 1/28/09

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Dear Friends:

Your intelligence grows through idea association -- through simple exercises or challenges where you are required to create something new by putting together information stored in a variety of different "compartments" in your memory banks. The more of this you do, the more you widen and strengthen those intercompartmental pathways so that knowledge can freely flow back and forth between them at greater speeds. Some exercises follow which seem rather simplistic, but which will actually make you use you mind and memory in ways that you may not ordinarily do. Try them! You'll have lots of fun (but tell no one).

1. Find as many words as you can to rhyme with each of the following words, giving yourself no longer than one minute for each one. You may use multiple words to create one rhyme (ex. "Trinidad" and "Half as bad" would be acceptable). Most individuals would struggle to come up with two viable rhymes for a word of more than three syllables...if you can come up with five, you are better than average...if you can come up with ten, you are truly gifted.

TAR
BONE
POWER
CEMENT
BURNISH
APATHY
MICROPHONE ("home alone")
DASTARDLY
ALUMINUM
MULTIMEDIA
DAFFODIL

You can well imagine what a traditional poet or a songwriter has to endure.

2. If each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a number ("A" corresponds to "1", "B" corresponds to "2"), find three words whose letters would each add up to 15.

3. In exercise 2), above, would the level of difficulty decrease if, instead of 15, the letters had to add up to 20?

4. Read the following five words out loud ten times in succession:

BLACK
GREEN
RED
BLUE
PURPLE

Now, go back and just identify (out loud) the color of each word ten times in succession.

5. Read the following text out loud ten times fast, and without hesitation:

blue bugs bleed black blood and
bricks break broccoli badly,
but through fire, froth and and seething flood
my lisp is blistering,
branching sadly.
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Now, just enjoy the rest of the day. You've earned it!
Faithfully,
Douglas Castle