Here's a language puzzle for you.
Can you think of a word that includes two "u"s in a row? Anywhere in the word. They just have to be together.
I had one and then my step-dad came up with another today.
I'm actually not one of those people who just loves words. No crosswords, find the words, unscramble the letters, how many words can you make from the phrase "pinapple cheese bake", sort of games for me. Still, the uu puzzle is kind of fun. Actually, it's only fun because I have an answer.
Random things I do like that are just as inoccuous as word games include: random geography facts. I like to just look at maps, see where things are. N and I still periodically quiz each other on things like state capitals, name all the countries of Europe starting with an A, etc.
Andorra, Austria, ... , is that it? Albania. Did I miss anything? There's a map on the wall, but I'm not allowed to look, because that ruins the fun. Yes, fun. Do Azerbaijan and Armenia count as Europe? How about B? Bulgaria, Belgium, ... , Britain isn't a country.... How about if we go outside of Europe? Benin, Bhutan, Bora Bora, Brazil, Belize, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina (see I missed a Europe one before), ... , that's all I got. You get the idea. But what did I miss?
I do enjoy trivia to some degree. I used to go to my grandmother's house after 7th grade let out and we'd watch Jeopardy and Tic Tac Dough together. Then I'd go in the kitchen, eat Fritos, drink soda, and watch Gilligan's Island. But I was never serious about trivia. In college, N, I, and two other friends formed a... what do they call them? I call it quiz bowl, but that's not the college name. Two teams go against each other to answer trivia questions. It got off to an auspicious start:
Referee / Asker Guy: Meaning "no drink"-
Paca: Buzz!! Koala!!
Referee / Asker Guy: Um, yes, correct.
Everyone stares at me. What the-? Who is this guy? How'd he know that?
Anything else. My memory is that we never answered another question before our super team competitors did the whole rest of the game. I think that's false. I think N answered something. But that was pretty much it. They wiped the floor with us. Final score: 28-2, or some such. That other team actually knew stuff about sports! (I do now. I could list every team in the NFL organized by division, probably 2-3 players on each team, etc. But at the time... uh, no.)
As for the koala answer that I knew so quickly, N and I had gone to the Minnesota zoo a couple days before and their koala exhibit had a big sign talking about how the name comes from the fact that koalas get most of their water from their eucalyptus leaves and so were called "no drink" or some such by aboriginal people. In other words, I was just lucky.
How many U.S. state capitals have exactly 6 letters in their name?
I've got two so far....