Brain Exercises – May 10

Random Knowledge 

  1. If the age of the earth was represented by the length of a football field, how far would a running back have to run from his own goal line to reach the yard line when man first appeared?
  2. Why might pirates wear eye patches even though they were not blind?
  3. What are good bumps good for?
  4. What is the name of the world’s living structure?
  5. What happens to some people in bright light?
  6. Why can’t you use a compass to get to the North Pole?
  7. What do humans and elephants have in common?
  8. What is the name of the world’s largest desert?
  9. What do people have fewer of as they become adults?
  10. Are molecules really small?

Successorgrams

Rearrange the letters in each pair of words to make one 8-letter word.  The last letter of each word will be the first letter of the following word.  

  1. Just + Dare
  2. Hand + outs
  3. Goad + Nails
  4. Rile + Tray
  5. Mars + Dray
  6. Gear + tees
  7. East + Time
  8. Late + Here
  9. Lose + Dart
  10. Mere + Deer

ANSWERS

Random Knowledge 

  1. Over 99 yards, 2 feet, 11 inches.  Man does not appear until the ball carrier reaches within less than an inch of scoring a touchdown. Dinosaurs appear only  after running 95 years, though they’d get there a lot sooner. 

2. So they can see better in the dark. Coming from the bright sun to investigate something below deck, they would remove the patch and that eye would already be acclimated to the dark. This trick prevented them from being blindsided. 

3. Not much anymore.  They occur when you are cold or scared and tiny muscles around hair follicles contract. When humans had a lot more hair, good bumps increased insulation, retained warmth and made on appear more threatening.  

4. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  It extends for over 1400 miles and can be seen from space.  This magnificent coral reef offers snorkelers and divers a chance to experience an amazing variety of ocean life. 

5. The sneeze! It is estimated that between 18 and 35 percent of the human population is affected by “photic sneeze reflex, “an inheritable condition. The next “bless you” just might not be due to a cold.

6.  A compass needle points to the magnetic North, not the geographic North Pole, around which the earth rotates. These two spots are over 300 miles apart. Good the know the next time you visit Santa.

7.  They can both recognize themselves in a mirror, get sunburned and grieve lost family members and suffer from PTSD. Having a great memory is not the only quality we share with those noble creatures.  

8. Antarctica even though its ice cap holds 70% of the earth’s fresh water. Parts of Antarctica only get 2 inches of precipitation each year. In this desert, you’re more likely to get frostbite than sunburn. 

9. Bones! Babies start off with 350 but because bones fuse together as we grow, we wind up with only 206 as adults. Just as well, there are fewer bones to break. 

10.  When you are walking in the rain, just 10 drops will contain as many  molecules as there are stars in the universe.   

Sucessorgrams Answers

  1. Readjust
  2. Thousand
  3. Diagonal
  4. Literary
  5. Yardarms
  6. Steerage
  7. Estimate
  8. Ethereal
  9. Lodestar
  10. Redeemer