# How Would YOU Solve This ‘Brain Game’ In The February 2020 “Reader’s Digest”?

by Anura Guruge

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Full disclosure. I love mathematical puzzles like these. In my late teens & early 20s (way before there was an ‘online‘, never mind a Web) I used to buy IQ test books and do all the puzzles for fun. I still do them, though not that often anymore, albeit now on the Web. So, with this one I knew what I needed to be looking for.

Then I noticed something incongruous in a puzzle of this nature. There was a perfectly valid and obvious sequence for the numbers on the apex of the triangles: 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.

But, I knew that that was TOO easy.

So, I worked out, quite quickly what the ‘pattern’ was. Pretty obvious from the first triangle. 8+3 = 11 & ’22’ is 11*2. Easy enough to validate that against the others.

So, as for the triangle in question. 8+9=17. 68÷17 –> –> wait for it. Wait for it. 68÷17= 4.

So, could I have cheated and just used the easy 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 sequence at the top without bothering to do all the sums (though it wasn’t hard)?

Amused I.

Hence why I wanted to share it with you.

What do YOU think?

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# 25 Rare Vintage Photos Of America’s National Parks by “Reader’s Digest”.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the Reader’s Digest article with the pictures.

I thought you might enjoy them.

This was MY favorite. I visited ‘Curry Village‘ at Yosemite in 1992. In 2016 it was GONE!

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Click to access my post about the renaming of the iconic ‘Curry Village’.

Well, enjoy.

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# “Twin Reincarnation” In 1950s England Has Me Intrigued As To Buddhist Explanation.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. In May 2019 issue of “Reader’s Digest”.

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Reincarnation is one of my favorite and enduring hobby-horses. That is mainly because reincarnation defined my early life. I was accidentally adopted by an extremely devout and activist Buddhist family. My early life revolved, endlessly, around Buddhism. There would not be a day in my life when I could escape Buddhism or active interaction with Buddhist monks. I would be at a Buddhist temple most days of the week. Reincarnation was the end-all and be-all of the Buddhism I was inculcated in. Buddhism was reincarnation. We lived to be reincarnated.

Then I left Ceylon. Was sent off to boarding school and then university by my adoptive parents. I finally got space and time to do my own thing. I started thinking about religions, Buddhism and reincarnation — much of it through a heady haze of unbridled sexual liberation.

I realized that, despite having seen, first hand, so called irrefutable proofs of reincarnation, I could not reconcile the science of reincarnation. I had too many questions that had no logical answers. See this post … for a start.

I eventually realized that I could NOT believe in reincarnation.

Then, since my Buddhism was all reincarnation I realized that I could also no longer be a Buddhist. This was in my early 20s.

When I stopped being a Buddhist I stopped believing in ALL religions.

But, the belief in reincarnation still intrigues I.

Got me thinking, which is not hard to do.

What would be the Buddhist explanation to a Twin Reincarnation.

Statistics dictates that twins even triplets (and more) must be born to Buddhists — even identical twins and triplets.

Even if identical twins would not have the same fate ahead of them — we could even call it Karma. Though identical twins they would have separate lives — each contingent on the merits they acquired in their previous lives. So, why have twins in Buddhist families?

The HUGELY MAGICAL ‘system’ that implements Buddhist reincarnation doesn’t need to deal in twins. Twins are not important to Buddhist reincarnation. So, why have them.

This “Unsolved Mysteries” article in RD, commissioned by RD, is pretty excellent. I was only familiar with one case — the airline hijacker that vanished. If you can try and get your hands on this article.

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# Reader’s Digest April 2019 Issue: Fascinating Story On How DNA Evidence Can Sometimes Be VERY Wrong.

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They probably got the story from WIRED. Same story. Click to ENLARGE.

Google “when DNA evidence is wrong”.

Fascinating story. I never realized that DNA could be inadvertently transferred to a crime scene or even to the body of the actual victim.

In this story DNA got transferred via an oxygen-level testing oximeter used by EMTs. So, much for EMTs thoroughly sanitizing their equipment. The DNA found on the fingernails of a murder victim was DNA from a previous innocent patient that had had been treated by the same EMTs. They used the same oximeter on both. WOW. The poor innocent guy had been arrested and was languishing in jail.

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# Reader’s Digest “The American Way Of Life” — Still Applicable?

by Anura Guruge

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So, what do you think? Still relevant, still germane, still applicable?

I think over 50% of the ‘electorate’ will have no problem with it.

So, when was this first published? In March 1949 — 69-years ago.

Yes, the pictures I show is of the ‘March 1959‘ issue and that is where I found it. But, if you read the bottom of the picture it says the image was first published ‘ten years ago this month‘ … and that the image has during that time being reprinted over a billion times. Wow.

A few years ago I picked up two BIG boxes full of OLD Reader’s Digests — some from the 1950s. This was cool because I grew up in Ceylon, in the 1950s and 1960s reading Reader’s Digests that my father had shipped to him, every month. So, this was nostalgia.

The boxes had lain untouched in the attic for years. The other day I grabbed a copy, at random, to peruse. What a difference 59-years make. Today’s ‘RD’ is so superficial, insignificant and SLIM. RDs of the 1950s and 1960s had gravitas and GIRTH.

I hate to see these go a waste. So, if any of you are interested, let me know.

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# 150th Anniversary Of President Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Train In New York City & Albany, New York.

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by Anura Guruge

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As I have oft mentioned I (still) religiously read each issue of “National Geographic“, cover-to-cover, each month. The only magazine that I now read on a regular basis. Even the “Reader’s Digest” doesn’t make that list anymore, though I do read it, plus any and all photographic magazine I come across, more often that not.

I have been reading, with some interest, this month’s cover story on Lincoln’s funeral train. I knew some about the train and the voyage, but, of course, not to the level of detail in this article. It had an interesting ‘sidebar’ about race-relations in Buffalo, N.Y., over the century, including school segregation, and that was fascinating since I did attend High School, in Buffalo, during 1967 – 1968 — in what was a mixed school at the time. Kensington High School (which is now closed).

This morning I came across this photograph, on pages 44-45, and noticed the date on it. TODAY. April 25, 1865. 150 years ago. To me, an avid fan of the President, this seemed something worth commemorating. I had a very quick look. Didn’t see anything obvious. I can’t, to my horror, find a SINGLE Google Doodle for President Lincoln! How can that be? Yes, I know that they try to avoid political figures BUT President Lincoln, easily and incontrovertibly, transcends politics.

Click to ENLARGE and enjoy. From the April 2015 issue of “National Geographic”. I am sure they will indulge me, in this instance, for trampling on their copyright — since this is for a good cause.

Click here to access original … which has lots of pictures and other information.

# Sri Lanka Sinhala New Year — Racing Elephants!

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Before anybody gets on their high horse and even starts to think about ‘animal anything’ let me please assure YOU that tamed elephants in Sri Lanka are treated much the same way as pet dogs are treated in the U.S. or Britain. They are pampered and cherished. They are also a very expensive investment and commitments. So there is no hanky panky when it come to elephants. They do not get mistreated. If they are running that is NO DIFFERENT to having a dog run. These elephants will do, just like a dog, just about anything to make their ‘leader’ happy. So this would have been great fun.

There is an article about working elephants in Burma, in the 1920s, in the April 2015 issue of the “Reader’s Digest” that I have been meaning to talk about. Though it is written in praise of elephants the incident talked about bothers me — though it was done voluntarily by the elephants. They used their rumps to divert HUGE logs to teak timber floating down a fast flowing river. I don’t know about YOU, but an elephant using his rump to divert huge, 40 foot, logs bothers me. It has to have hurt.

# “The Week”, A Weekly Compendium Of News. A Great Substitute For The Now All Digital Newsweek.

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Newsweek Magazine Goes ALL DIGITAL …Dec. 19, 2012.

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I guess they bought a mailing list of all Newsweek subscribers — now that Newsweek has decided to abandon those like me that still like to read some stuff in print.

A week after Newsweek stopped arriving a copy of this magazine arrived, unsolicited, in the mail. At first I thought, hopefully, that Newsweek had changed its mind. Nope. Ir was a new magazine. I think I might have seen it around, but I am quite sure I had never looked through a copy before.

I glanced through it idly assuming that it would be tripe. I was pleasantly surprised. It is a “Reader’s Digest” of weekly news. It was actually very good. Deanna liked it too! I read it cover to cover.

Deanna has signed up for some ‘free’ deal for x number of issues — before we get billed. It is expensive. I am not sure I want another magazine, now that we are also getting ‘Mental Floss‘. We haven’t got the 2nd copy as yet. I will keep you posted. But, this, to be honest, is BETTER than Newsweek — which of late had become something of a non-entity publication trying to be a National Geographic rather than a news digest.