This one was passed on to us by a colleague who has been spending the last few days improving both her knowledge of English and classic film titles in original version! It’s a hangman-type game where you have to guess the title of a movie from an object that somehow plays an important role in it. For example, we have a very tall building and the title is two words (4 letters and 4 letters) and the first letter of each word is a “K”. Hmmm …
The films included range in time from 50 years to a few months ago and some are quite difficult if you haven’t seen the movie, but if you don’t get it the first time, you can always watch a trailer on YouTube from the links provided.
Go to http://famousobjectsfromclassicmovies.com and try your luck!
Strange Random Movie Quote:
“Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!” - from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
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We’ve mentioned the free online games site friv.com before and one of the best games they have at the moment is the thoroughly addictive Electric Box, where you try to create the necessary power and connections to drive a target object. It sounds easy and for a while, and it is. And for someone who failed (by a small margin) elementary Physics, it’s not only a challenging and enjoyable puzzle, but also a very educational one.
Electric Box 2 has updated graphics and levels and is available to play for free online at Candystand.com. (They also have other great free games, too!).
Strange Random Game Quote:
Games lubricate the body and the mind. - Benjamin Franklin
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If you had been wondering how to keep the kids (of all ages) occupied for at least a short time these holidays, friv could well be a good site to try. It’s a sort of compendium of online games, with new arrivals pushing out the games at the top of the screen, so there is always new content.
Styles range from popular platform clones to skill activities, alien shooters to dressing up virtual dolls. In some cases, you may find a “loading” screen with adverts (especially for larger games). Just wait until the arrow turns green, and click on it to start.
So go get your game on!
Strange Random Game Quote:
Swordfighting insult: “No one has ever drawn blood from me and no one ever will.”
Response: “You run THAT fast?”
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It’s time to put those braincells to work again as we head into the new year, so here’s a list of some sites that can help you, whatever your age or level of enthusiasm!
First of all, what could be more relaxing than a classic jigsaw at JigZone.com? (That’s a rhetorical question, by the way…). Choose a design from the front page or the gallery, select the number of pieces you want (anywhere from 6 to 247) and your puzzle loads automatically! You can also buy “real” jigsaws at the site’s online shop.
Next, we have the ever-popular crossword puzzle – there is a great list of links to daily, weekly and monthly puzzles at Ray Hamel’s site. More importantly, perhaps, there are many sites that can help you with that “9-letter word for HAPPY”, especially if you already have a few letters. The Puzzle Aid and the Crossword Solver (for 25 and 10 letters maximum respectively) are both great sites that let you enter the letters you know, the length of the word and then search their extensive databases. Example: ?U?E?I?? gave the answer that I was looking for (SUPERIOR), although it could also be juvenile / numerics / queening / quieting / quietist /surefire / yuletide and a number of others…
For a bit of fun, you could also try Brendan’s Online Anagram Maker, which can mix up words or names into other words or phrases, so that the original is almost unrecognisable. (Try it with your own name – it’s a similar feeling to those Star Wars Names Generators you have probably seen before.) Barrack Obama gets a healthy score of 166 versions, including AROMA CAB BARK, ARAB MBA CROAK and BARBARA CAM OK, but our own Exit Languages gets a massive 1713 anagrams, including TUNA SAX EEL GIG, NAIL TAX EGG USE, TEA AXE GIN SLUG and ASEXUAL EGG TIN, along with plenty of others it’s better we don’t print here …
Finally, another classic brought up to date – the Rubik’s Cube. Don’t be deterred by the video of the 6-year-old boy finishing the cube in 37 seconds, have some fun with the online games or look at the new arrivals to the store, the Rubik’s 360 or the touch panel Rubik’s Touch, perhaps the ultimate (and most expensive) gift for the real Cube fan! You can also get dozens of tips on how to solve all the Rubik’s puzzles, if you really can’t make that little blue square disappear without taking the sticker off. Not my personal experience, of course …
So off you go and let’s give those braincells some work!
Strange Random New Year Quote:
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow – Albert Einstein