Thursday, January 29, 2009


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Dear Friends:

Yesterday, you gave your mind a great workout. By the way, the answer to questions #3 is "yes, the number of possibilities and the ease of coming up with words would increase if the numerical sum were increased from 15 to 20." The rest of the questions were not really questionas at all...they were instructions to engage in exercise, in the true Braintenance tradition.

Here are several more to try:

1) How many oxymorons can you think of? An oxymoron is a combination of words which are conflictory, or mutually-negating. Some are very obvious, and some are quite subtle. Some are stereotypical and subjective, and others are cultural. Some examples (a mixture) include:

Jumbo Shrimp
Authentic Replica
Anhydrous Water
Helpful IRS Agent
Military Intelligence
More Than The Maximum
Less Than The Minimum
True Lies

2) Can you compose a Haiku? A Haiku is a Japanese poetry form which consists of three lines; the first line has five syllables; the second line has seven syllables; and the third line has five syllables. An example would be:

I stand at the door
Watching as you walk way
Your last words haunt me

3) How many ways can you think of to complete the following sentence, given only one minute?

He_________the case _____the______.

Try those exercises on for size! Enjoy them.


Douglas Castle

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