We used to be a lot smarter before search engines came along. Now too many of us are sort of mentally lazy. Why bother to remember details when the answers are always at your fingertips?
Well, that doesn't explain my coming up with an odd answer for question number 27 in the Lydia E. Pinkham booklet of "Three Hundred Brain Teasers" that my best friend gave me for Christmas.
It was late Christmas night and I sat down in the glow of the tree to open gifts from friends. A nice quiet moment when all were in bed except me. It had been a long day with lots of cooking and eating, so I was tired. No doubt about it, I was TIRED. But even I can't use that as an excuse with question number 27.
I went through question 25 easily knowing the answer. I got to question 26 and went "Uhhhhhhh, nope." But then came 27.
I spent four years in art college and have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I have actually been to see The Last Supper in person and told off a little Italian fellow who thought it smart to go on about the history of the painting including the fact that the US bombed the church during WWII. (I looked at him with a sneer then walked away saying, "If you hadn't been backing the Germans it wouldn't have happened.") So I get to 27 knowing I would know the answer. I know the painting. I know the other work he did! I studied this man for years! But the only thought that came to me for an answer was "Liberace." I wanted to scream! How could I not remember the name of this artist? "Liberace." Over and over again "Liberace" was all I could mutter. Complete brain fog. And then I started laughing. It was all so absurd. "Liberace." Okay, I put the booklet away, turned off the tree lights, and headed down the hall to bed. Then with a sigh the correct answer came to be, but I still prefer Liberace.
So go ahead, give the questions a try, but don't use a search engine. See how many you can actually remember from all those years in school when they drilled data into your brain. How much of it have you retained? And if you want the answers…just ask.
Tattered and Lost: Forgotten Dolls
This one is for those who love dolls!
Snapshots from the last 100+ years of children and adults with dolls.