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Am I Stupid Or Is This Impossible?

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Thanks for your confidence Popechild, but I do think I played that game at least three times, and I double posted this thread by accident, so a case could be made.


"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - Groucho Marx

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Thanks for your confidence Popechild, but I do think I played that game at least three times, and I double posted this thread by accident, so a case could be made.

I've been there buddy. I feel for ya.

-s.


In an interstellar burst, I am back to save the Universe.

Filmsweep by Persona. 2013 Film Journal. IlPersona.

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Hey, I've been trying to play this game for a while now. It's really hard, I don't know if I can actually do it.

-s.


In an interstellar burst, I am back to save the Universe.

Filmsweep by Persona. 2013 Film Journal. IlPersona.

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The fact that it's impossible doesn't rule out the proposition that the person trying to solve it might be stupid.

Thanks


"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - Groucho Marx

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I learned this game when I was a boy. My uncle told me it was impossible and I did my best to solve it anyway. I recently taught it to my nephews who have become enamored of brain teasers lately.

In my mind I associate it with another impossible puzzle, also learned from my uncle (and subsequently taught to my nephews), that involves trying to draw a "map" of any number of adjacent regions of any shape and configuration. The object is to devise a map such that a person coloring in the various regions must necessarily use more than four colors, provided every region must be a different color from every adjacent region, i.e., every region with which it shares any length of border. (Regions touching only at a single point, such as those diagonally opposite at the intersection of two borders, can share the same color.)

A few times when I was a kid I thought I had this one licked because I started to color in my maps and found that I couldn't finish without going to a fifth color. But then I would redraw the map and try again, and it always turned out that four colors was enough, if you did it right.

I don't know why we torture our nephews with these things.


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I asked God for help with this and He told me "Nothing is impossible."

-s.


In an interstellar burst, I am back to save the Universe.

Filmsweep by Persona. 2013 Film Journal. IlPersona.

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I asked God for help with this and He told me "Nothing is impossible."

Can God devise an impossible problem?

It's called theology


A foreign movie can't be stupid.

-from the film
Armin

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I asked God for help with this and He told me "Nothing is impossible."
Can God devise an impossible problem?
It's called theology

I'm not sure how to parse that. It must be.


“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” — Flannery O'Connor

Writing at the new Decent Films | Follow me on Twitter and Facebook

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I just tried it. The last line was the stumper.


INT. HOLY TRINITY CHURCH - SANCTUARY - NIGHT

FATHER LORENZO

So now that you've told me all of this: why do you hold such a deep aversion to discussing angels?

PASTOR DAVID

Because I don't wanna get it WRONG! To stand up in front of my congregation--AND in front of God-- and screw it up! Do you hold much stock in that passage from James that says "We who teach will be judged more strictly"??

FATHER LORENZO

Yes... in fact .... I consider that one scripture to be an occupational hazard.

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