30 June 2010
There are ten countries in South America excluding Guyana, Suriname, French Guyana, and whatever other miscellanea are up there in that corner. A nice round number. That is South America, not Central America. How many of the ten can you name from memory? Your own memory, that is.
It is certainly not necessary to reveal your score or respond in any other way right now. That is not the point. You must not look ahead in this posting until you have tried, however.
Now, then, what approach to this problem did you use? Did you try to visualize the continent and. . .
1. work from south to north?
2. work from north to south?
3. work from east to west?
4. work from west to east?
Or did you use some other methodical approach?
Or did you try to name the countries in a random fashion?
Or, preferring a greater challenge, did you attempt to recite the names of the 54 countries of Africa instead?
Or, because of your own background, did you attempt to name all seven mortal sins according to the modern Roman Catholic Catechism instead?
Did you abstain entirely, preferring instead to make lists of items the inclusion of which is a matter of opinion?
Did you abstain for any other articulable reason at all?
Did you abstain for no reason at all?
Well, just what the hell did you do then? Have a cookie?
And while having your cookie, did you look ahead, as I specifically asked you not to do, and ruin this entire goddamned mind game?
Fuck it! It will be a cold day in hell before I ever again go to the trouble of putting together a mind game for you. I mean that.