Friday, May 17, 2013

May 17, outsourced

This is my new favorite mental exercise. Palmer family rules are that you can't use any outside source to figure it out - only your brain and the scene in front of you. My high score is 13K-something, and in one round, I was able to correctly distinguish between a Japanese garden in Japan and the Japanese garden in Portland (it was the one in Portland). [HT Matt]

Don't judge a Book of Mormon by its cover. Really interesting article about missionaries turning the Book of Mormon musical into an opportunity to teach. [HT Susanne]

I'm sure you all heard the news about Angelina Jolie. Take the time to read her original Op-ed in the NYT. Bravo.

Cherry season in Aleppo - normal life goes on despite the war in Syria.

Life goes on in Gaza, too, with KFC deliveries being smuggled in through a tunnel.

On a lighter note: 21 kids who sold out their parents. "I love you more than cow," indeed.

13 comments:

Liz Johnson said...

By nothing more than sheer luck, I got 10,017 points on my very first try. I didn't even realize you could zoom in the guessing map until the 4th question. I am going to print out my results and hang them on the fridge for freaking EVER.

Jen said...

Turns out that northern Australia looks a LOT like the American southwest. (And some groups of photos are a LOT easier than others, right?)

Jen said...

p.s. I've decided that an expertise in botany would be more of an asset than any knowledge of geography. Most of the locations are hinted at by the vegetation...rarely anything else.

Bridget said...

YES. When you get that country road stretching out for miles in each direction, the soil and the plants are the only things that can help sometimes. I find I keep getting Canada mixed up with other countries, too. It's just so big and has so many diverse landscapes. Like the US, I guess, but I'm more familiar with US landscapes. This game makes me feel guilty sometimes, though. One time the scene was a run-down, trashy beach and I immediately thought, "somewhere in the south!!! Maybe the west coast of Florida!!" ...and I was RIGHT. Sorry.

Bridget said...

*east coast of Florida.

Jen said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhh....I'm stereotyping the HECK out of my guesses. I sincerely mean no offense by this...but my first thought when I see a run-down town with cookie-cutter buildings, conifers and non-American street signs? Russia. And I was right every time but one. (And that was Poland...so it was half-right.)

(And also learning that far more locales drive on the left than originally thought.)

Liz Johnson said...

I totally got one in Mexico because it looked like the drive to Acapulco. AND IT WAS.

Bridget said...

Me too! I'll get somewhere Spanish-speaking, judging from road signs or shop signs, but then I have to decide if it's too nice to be Latin America...so then I guess Spain. So shameful.

Before I do another round of that game, I need to brush up on who drives on the left and who spells "centre" (for example) that way. I guessed NZ for that one but it was Canada. Who knew?

Liz Johnson said...

OK, I am TICKED. There was one inside a soccer stadium, with the sign "Quebec" inside. So I guessed Montreal. And the game told me that the SOCCER STADIUM was IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.

FOUL, I SAY!

Jen said...

I've decided that you probably could have gotten away with just that one link this week. Just sayin'.

Crys said...

I agree. I got this Nova Scotia one spot on!

Jenn Ridgeway said...

15,000 points. Yay! Of course, they'd forgotten to blur out a sign on a bridge, so I googled it and got within 8 km on my map (a river in the Ukraine), so that may have been a teensy bit of cheating.

Kitty Crazy! said...

9k points! How fun! -sarah

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