Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
cathy_edgett

The wondrous mind -

I've been reading Daniel Tammet's book, Embracing the Wide Sky, A Tour Across the Horizons of the Mind.

He recited the mathematical constant Pi (3,141....) from memory to 22,514 decimal places in March 2004. It took five hours and nine minutes. He explains in the book why that is not magic, and shows how we are smarter than we think and gives ways to better utilize the mind.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Tammet

Here's a little test. I was pleased to get them all right. See how you do. Enjoy!


1. Does the adjective "pambalaa" in the Siwu language of Africa describe (a) a round fat person or (b) an angular thin person?

2. Is the word "durrunda" Basque for (a) a quiet or (b) loud noise?

3. Do the Japanese colors "aka" and "midori" mean (a) red and green or (b) green and red?

4. The Malay verb "menggerutu" refers to someone who (a) laughs or (b) grumbles?

5. Is the Italian "piro piro" a kind of (a) fish or (b) bird?

6. Do the Hungarian adjectives "nagy" and "kicsi" mean (a) big and small or (b) small and big?

7. If a Samoan says "ongololo" is he taking about a (a) centipede or (b) ant?

8. In the Aboriginal Yir-Yoront language of Australia does the word "chichichi" refer to a dog that is (a) sitting, or (b) running?





Answers: 1. A, 2. B, 3. A, 4. B, 5. B, 6. A, 7. A, 8, B



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