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You’re one of the “Smartest people in world” If you can spot your name in this puzzle

A puzzle recently started circulating, to the point where tabloid news websites picked it up.

According to one article: “So you answered all the Christmas cracker riddles, smashed your nearest and dearest at your annual game of Monopoly, but are you really among the smartest people in the world?

If like me you were a bit too sozzled to figure out the answers to the contents of your Christmas crackers and see Monopoly as a barely subtle approach of glorifying the ultra-capitalistic hegemony to our under-fives, you probably spent this festive period looking towards social media for any form of gratification, social, political or otherwise.

Which is bleeding good news, because there’s been one of them brain trainer type things that were quite cool a while back, and it’s got folk scratching their heads.”

It’s a little quiz designed by “Try Life,” and it’s just a wordsearch. It’s a 13 x 11 grid containing 143 letters. Can you find your name in it?

It is claimed that only 8% of people will solve it, making a person who solves it alongside the “smartest people in the world.”

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It just says “your name.” Welcome to British humor.

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People make puzzles, games, memes, and these days it seems like the most fun ones are lost while everybody is drowning in a sea of not so great ones.

In other words, things have gotten watered down when it comes to entertainment, puzzles and games that we play with our hands, like card games.

Once upon a time, people invented new games. There was an era of time where, all the time, people would be inventing games that would go on to become real things people do all the time, like poker or basketball.

In fact, the story of basketball alone is interesting. According to Wikipedia:

“In early December 1891, Canadian James Naismith, a physical education professor and instructor at the International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School (YMCA) (today, Springfield College) in Springfield, Massachusetts, was trying to keep his gym class active on a rainy day. He sought a vigorous indoor game to keep his students occupied and at proper levels of fitness during the long New England winters. After rejecting other ideas as either too rough or poorly suited to walled-in gymnasiums, he wrote the basic rules and nailed a peach basket onto a 10-foot (3.0 m) elevated track.”

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“In contrast with modern basketball nets, this peach basket retained its bottom, and balls had to be retrieved manually after each “basket” or point scored; this proved inefficient, however, so the bottom of the basket was removed, allowing the balls to be poked out with a long dowel each time. Old style basketball with laces Basketball was originally played with a soccer ball. These round balls from “association football” were made, at the time, with a set of laces to close off the hole needed for inserting the inflatable bladder after the other sewn-together segments of the ball’s cover had been flipped outside-in.”

The laces still present on basketballs at that time could cause dribbling and bounce passes to be unpredictable. That was eventually fixed when lace-free basketballs were invented, and the company Naismith endorsed the method. The original basketballs were brown, but by the late 1950’s, the orange ball now in use began to enter circulation.

People need to invent some new games at this point, we’re getting detached from what fun really is.