In which I get a little more like John Nash every single day…
I love reading Defective Yeti. I especially enjoyed this post the other day. Not only was the post funny, but it linked to a game I’d never played before. And since I’m always looking for fun things to pass the time, I gave it a try.
The game is called Funny Farm. The object is to fill in the blank boxes on a flow-chart-esque game board. The game starts off “On the Farm,” where you have to fill in boxes with things found on a farm: farmer, tractor, cow, etc. From there you fill in things related to each of those items. For example, “cow” is related to milk, cowboy, mad cow, holy cow, rodeo, etc. Each time you guess a box correctly, it fills in and shows you what it is attached to. If you fill in all the boxes, you get clues to the meta-puzzle. Solve that and you win.
Sounds easy right?
This game is as addictive as crack and as frustrating as being a Democrat in the last election. Do you get the evilness that is this game? It’s awful. I can’t stop playing. I’m constantly thinking, “What do Penn & Teller and Las Vegas have in common?” or “What links a textbook with science?” It’s maddening.I’m about two days away from printing Wikipedia articles about each of the vertices and posting them on the walls around my computer to look for patterns!
Last Saturday, Geoff and I went for breakfast at Reds.* He was looking at the newspaper and I started explaining Funny Farm to him. I went through the whole convoluted explanation, including numerous examples. I then asked him to help me brainstorm the most frustrating question I’ve hit so far: “What the hell is two words (4 letters in the first, three in the second) and is related to a cow?” I said, “You can just talk through your suggestions with me and I can tell you if I’ve tried them already.”
He was quiet for a minute. Two minutes. Three minutes.
Then the conversation deteriorated into a pathetic rendition of “Who's on first?” like this:
Clearly, I’m going to have to figure this puzzle out on my own. Maybe I should put A Beautiful Mind on my Netflix queue for research purposes.
*Best breakfast in Salem!