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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:16 am 
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Now we will all have to draw straws -- who among us is going to apply to the guiness book of world records and take the crown?
I just drew, and mine was long. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:22 pm 
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How many straws are there? Mine is just a little longer than Eddy's... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:20 pm 
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How many straws are there? Mine is just a little longer than Eddy's...


There were 4 straws. Apparently yours was the longest. I drew one that was in between the length of your straw and Eddy's straw, leaving a straw half the size of Eddy's.

That leaves Rainer with the last (and shortest) straw. :wink:

So Rainer, are you up for it :?:

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 10:51 pm 
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pianoman342 wrote:
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How many straws are there? Mine is just a little longer than Eddy's...
There were 4 straws. Apparently yours was the longest. I drew one that was in between the length of your straw and Eddy's straw, leaving a straw half the size of Eddy's.

That leaves Rainer with the last (and shortest) straw. :wink:
So Rainer, are you up for it :?:
You can not be serious. There seems to have been some cheating going on here. How can we trust your assertion that the 4th straw is shorter than the others, when it hasn't even been drawn yet? And if we could, then now that you've revealed the fact that the undrawn straw is the shortest, no-one with any sense is going to draw it. It seems to me, therefore, that the shortest straw actually drawn is Eddy's!


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:05 pm 
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You can not be serious. There seems to have been some cheating going on here. How can we trust your assertion that the 4th straw is shorter than the others, when it hasn't even been drawn yet? And if we could, then now that you've revealed the fact that the undrawn straw is the shortest, no-one with any sense is going to draw it. It seems to me, therefore, that the shortest straw actually drawn is Eddy's!


:x :x ARGGH, Rainer! I was hoping you would be jumping for opportunity to set this record. Unless Eddy desires to,

I heretofore declare the goal to set the record for most piano keys hit in a minute, null.

ps. If you have a piano handy, play this riff for sport:

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:35 am 
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Shave and a haircut. Two bits! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:12 pm 
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Shave and a haircut. Two bits!


...So that's what it's called :lol: :lol:

by coincidence, I actually got a haircut today. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 3:49 am 
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pianoman342 wrote:
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Shave and a haircut. Two bits!


...So that's what it's called :lol: :lol:

by coincidence, I actually got a haircut today. :)



:lol: :lol:

And you sang that little phrase while you were sitting in the chair, right?.... :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 7:38 pm 
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Once upon a time there was a man so charming that all the ladies fell in love with him. His wife was extremely jealous. Her

jealousy once reached such a pitch that she prayed to God that he lose all his charm. Her prayer was answered. As a result,

none of the ladies ever loved him again--including his wife.


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:38 pm 
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Awwww....that poor guy.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:27 am 
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Here is a little puzzle for you to enjoy solving.

About a year ago I bought some music which came from a Catalan publisher called "La ma de Guido".
It struck me that "Guido's mother" was a pretty odd name for a publisher, but then I thought no more about it.
Some time later I became aware of my mistake, but that made matters worse; I was even less able to make the connection because, ill-educated buffoon that I am, I lacked a key piece of knowledge.
By chance I stumbled upon it yesterday, and now it all makes sense.

(a) Who is Guido?
(b) How is his mother relevant?
(c) What was my mistake?
(d) What piece of knowledge did I lack?
(e) How does it all make sense?


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:32 pm 
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Oh good - we haven't had a puzzle in awhile. Wish we had more games too! We used to have fun with that, but then everybody petered out. So anyway....


(a) Who is Guido?

--Guido of Arezzo, a medieval music theorist

(b) How is his mother relevant?

--She’s not, except for the fact that she gave birth to Guido. :lol:

(c) What was my mistake?
--Not looking on the Internet :lol:

(d) What piece of knowledge did I lack?
--That Wiki has a whole article about the Guidonian hand

(e) How does it all make sense?
--Beats me, except that the Guidonian hand was a way to teach music.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:28 pm 
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Very good, Monica, top marks!

More specifically:

(c) My mistake was to assume, by analogy with Spanish "madre", that Catalan "mà" meant "mother".
In due course I smelled a rat when I saw that little logo on the front cover which looked like a dirty glove.
That made me doubt my assumption and had me going to the dictionary to look up "mà", and sure enough it means "hand".

(d) I had indeed never heard of the Guido's Hand, a gap in my musical education. I offer the fact that I don't sing as a feeble excuse.

(e) Because of the significance of Guido's Hand to the world of music, and indeed because of Arezzo's contribution to the development of music notation, it makes sense for the hand to be adopted as mascot, logo, and even label for a music publisher.

Glad you liked it.


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:22 am 
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Just heard a very cute puzzle: Three logicians were at a bar. The bartender asked them: " Do all of you want beer? " One of them said " I don't know". The second one said : " I don't know".

The third one then said YES. How did he know that the other two wanted beer?


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:21 am 
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That's easy. Being logicians they would take the question "do you ALL want beer" literally, not pertaining to themselves alone. So if the first two had not wanted beer, they both would have answered NO.

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