Please say hello to your new WebMD Moderator: Haylen!
Haylen will most likely be taking over the community on Monday. I'll still be around on WebMD, but I know I leave you in good hands. Thank you to each of you for being such a supportive group, and to Dr, Stacy for all his thoughtfulness and participation!
Please welcome Haylen. She will be popping in to introduce herself soon!
Sending thoughts of health and happiness for 2011 and beyond!
Here's some brainteasers that take a little less brain power but will work that other muscle...the one that makes you smile.
These are groaners, so be careful with these tricky word problems. All is not what it seems!
I have two U.S. coins that add up to fifty-five cents. One is not a nickel. What coins are they?
A certain five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it. What is the word?
An electric train is traveling northwest at 95 miles per hour, and the wind is blowing southwest at 95 miles per hour. In which direction does the smoke blow?
Your sock drawer contains ten pairs of white socks and ten pairs of black socks. If you're only allowed to take one sock from the drawer at a time, what's the minimum number of socks you need to take before you're guaranteed to have a pair?
Ten years after celebrating the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims of Plymouth held the first progressive dinner party in the Americas. Each course of a five-course meal was served at a different colony home, one at Thrush Nook, by the couple living there; Hester and her husband hosted one of the courses.
From the carte below, can you chart the Pilgrims' Progress through the dinner: the dish served as each course, the full names (one husband was Oliver) of the couple who hosted the course, and the name of the house in which that part of the meal was enjoyed?
The five courses were served in traditional order: the salad of creamed endive was 1st, the maize bread was 2nd, the venison pate was 3rd, the main entree of roast pheasant was 4th, and the mincemeat pie served as dessert was 5th and last.
Priscilla, who isn't Mrs. Standish, complemented the hostess at Deer Lodge on the pine cone centerpiece she had made for the occasion.
Charles and his wife didn't serve the maize bread or the venison pate.
Mr. & Mrs. Standish enjoyed the course served at Oak House by their next-door neighbors.
Immediately after enjoying one course at the home of James and his wife, the dinner party proceeded to Deer Lodge for the next serving; immediately after leaving Deer Lodge, the diners went to the Aldens' for another course.
The progressive dinner party didn't start at Rose Cottage.
Thomas's wife asked him to transcribe the recipe for her dish to give to Anne, who had liked it so much.
The party left Philip and his wife's house and went to the Halls for the next dinner course.
The Bradfords admired the dinnerware used by the couple who hosted at Maple Manse.
The five couples in the first progressive dinner party in the Americas were the Cabots, Priscilla and her husband, the couple who lived in Rose Cottage, Charles and his wife, and the husband and wife who served mincemeat pie for dessert.
Neither Anne nor Mrs. Hall had ever prepared roast pheasant, so they were glad when another wife agreed to serve the main entree.
Elisabeth and her husband and the couple who lived at Oak House, who didn't serve the maize bread, originated the idea for the progressive dinner party.
Mrs. Alden, who didn't make the mincemeat pie, admired the rocking chair Mary's husband had fashioned for their parlor.
James and his wife weren't the party couple who hosted the course served at Rose Cottage.
Elisabeth, who wasn't Philip's spouse, didn't make the venison pate for the dinner.
Use your best logic to figure out this brainteaser and share your answers with us below! (It only boosts brainpower when you get those wheels turning, so no Googling the answers!!) View Thread
Don't forget that your brain needs exercise too! Try these mind twisting exercises and share your best guesses below:
Using only basic arithmetic operations (+ - x /) can you get 98 using only 7 sevens? Each 7 may only be used once and you must use all 7 sevens. ----> 7 7 7 7 7 7 7.
A mother is 21 years older than her son. In 6 years time the son will be 5 times younger than the mother. Where is the father?
What are the next two pairs of letters in this list? SO, ND, JF, MA, ??, ??
And, if you've already made it through those questions, here's one last riddle for you:
You have been imprisoned in a castle and your prison guards decide to tempt you with freedom, but at a big risk. They show you 2 doors, each with a guard standing in front, one door leads to the hanging gallows and the other leads directly out the castle and into freedom.
You are told that one guard is a liar, and will always lie and the other guard will speak only the truth.
You have no idea which guard is which, or what door is what. Your prison guards laugh and inform you that you may only ask One question.
Impossible, you think at first, but then you have a moment of inspiration. What question do you ask?View Thread
It's been 91 years since The United States of America began celebrating Veterans Day as a day we give our "Thank you" to all those men and women who were brave and fought for our freedom.
My father was in the Armed Forces during World War II, yet he never spoke of it to the kids. I never knew he was highly decorated until after his death when my uncle shared some stories with me. How proud I was of my dad at that moment! I wish I'd known while he was still alive, and I wonder how many other Vets are out there holding back their memories.
We owe our Vets a huge thanks for all their service in maintaining our freedom. It is saddening to hear that many of our Vets are suffering from poverty, homelessness and medical challenges.
Here are a few sobering Veterans stats for you:
33% of the male homeless people are veterans
47% served Vietnam
17% served post-Vietnam
15% served pre-Vietnam
67% served three or more years
33% were stationed in war zone
85% completed high school/GED compared to 56% of non-veterans
89% received an honorable discharge
76% experience alcohol, drug or mental health problems
We at WebMD appreciate all of our Veterans and thank you for all your bravery and service to our country and people!! If you know a Vet, please be sure to thank them today. And if there is some way to offer a helping hand to our Vets in need, let's make an effort to give it to them today.
Are you a Veteran or know someone that is? Please share your story or just your note of thanks here.
Stimulate your mind. Research suggests that reading, playing games, and doing puzzles may reduce memory loss as we age.
Today is Brainteaser Tuesday. I'll post one brain game, puzzle or some sort of activity to help clear out those cobwebs and get our motors running!
This week I have a new logic puzzle for you to try and solve. Let's see how long it takes this time.
Isaac & Albert(logic puzzle)
Isaac and Albert were excitedly describing the result of the Third Annual International Science Fair Extravaganza in Sweden. There were three contestants, Louis, Rene, and Johannes. Isaac reported that Louis won the fair, while Rene came in second. Albert, on the other hand, reported that Johannes won the fair, while Louis came in second.
In fact, neither Isaac nor Albert had given a correct report of the results of the science fair. Each of them had given one correct statement and one false statement. What was the actual placing of the three contestants?View Thread
Growing evidence suggests that a lifetime spent using your noodle — in your day job as an astrophysicist or mom, or after hours playing Monopoly, tooting the clarinet in your local chamber group, or doing crossword puzzles — may build extra brain connections (a kind of mental savings account called cognitive reserve) and slow the symptoms of dementia.
Tuesday is our official Brainteaser day. Each week I'll post some new puzzles, riddles or brainteasing game of some sort for you to figure out and work YOUR noodle. Please share your answers with us in the replies.
We'll start slow this week. Here's a couple riddles for you to get going:
What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?
I have some great news for all my pet-adoring fans here: For the next six months, WebMD, along with Iams, are bringing you the Healthy Pet Contest . Each month there's a chance at winning $150 toward the health product or service of your choice.
Even if you don't win, your pet's photo may be selected for a WebMD Pets Photo Slideshow. You can enter once per month.
If you include a Healthy Pet Tip with entry, you'll also be eligible for the Grand Prize. This includes a profile and photo featured in WebMD the Magazine, plus $500 to help support your pet's health and wellness!
October's theme is Halloween and Fall-Friendly, so start snapping away and go ahead and enter. If you'd like to tell (and show) us about what you entered, you can share in the thread below.