## Monday, March 2, 2009

### BRAINTENANCE QUIZ: 3/2/09

Dear Friends:

Firstly, let me apologize for a mis-posting in my previous article. Pi (the ratio between the circumference of a circle and its diameter) is approximately equal to 22/7, or 3.142857... I had given you the wrong fraction, and the wrong decimal equivalent. I 'll try to avoid that in the future.

And (adding injury to insult, or vice versa), I am not going to give you the solution to the third problem posed in the "packing of spheres into a box" section.

Today, in a quick and pleasant departure from grueling math problems, I will present you with a number of possible words, with certain letters left out. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to merely fill in the blanks to complete the words. This is a wonderfully stimulating mental exercise -- statistically speaking, persons who do a greater amount of reading tend to do better in terms of 1) completing the words, and in terms of 2) coming up with the most possible letter combinations in order to form the greatest number of words. This exercise requires visualization, imagination, recall, vocabulary and a measure of self-confidence when it comes to the speed with which you can fit letters into the blanks. Good luck, and enjoy this exercise:

HA_

B_ST

S_REAM

E_ _ ELL_NT

_ABUL_ _

ST_ _ _

_AN_ _ _

This is a wonderful brain-wrinkler. Not only does it make you think (and burn a few Calories in the process), but it will also tell you a bit about what you tend to think about.

Self-discovery is very empowering. Use what you learn about yourself to improve yourself!

Faithfully,

Douglas Castle