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History quiz and Castro December 18, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in history, ideas, people.

History is interesting. Time yourself as you figure out A through I.

A is ruling over B. C wages war on B and D. C and E occupy I. C occupies A. C wages war on E. F wages war on G. G, E and A beat the shit out of C. G beats the shit out of F. H and D occupy A. A teams up with B to drive out H. H and D leave on the condition that B will leave A. A does not leave B. B breaks into B1 and B2. A leaves B1 and B2. G and B2 team up against B1 (and H). G loses to B1. B1 occupies B2 and together becomes B. And today G is the largest trading partner of I, B, H and F. A is the largest and G the second largest partner of C.

I think most people would figure out A to I, its about how many seconds (minutes??) it takes. Since I made it up, I have no idea how long it would have taken me.

Continue reading this post if your head is not spinning yet.

P.S: Some sentences give more information than others, but then you don’t know that before hand. Do sentences that have more actors (letters) give most information ? At what point did you become fully confident of your answer ?


My nomination for Foot in Mouth Award 2007.

“I promise that I will be with you, if you so wish, for as long as I feel that I can be useful — and if it is not decided by nature before — not a minute less and not a second more,” he said at the time. “Now I understand that it was not my destiny to rest at the end of my life.”

No, not quoting Joseph Heller. Thats Fidel Castro. Since 1959. ( Raymonds style 😉 )

Lets say you are in your early twenties, single and all that – now ask yourself which current head of state you think will remain head of state when your granddaughter is as old as you are now.

Some pattern there – Musharaff and Chavez seeking political immortality. (but where they have failed so far, Castro is going strong.) And why leave out LK Advani, MMS, and others except that people have a chance to vote them out through largely free and fair polls.

P.S: Oops, just as I wrote this I see it has already been awarded. Only if they waited a little longer.





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