While reading my morning newspaper I came across an article on increasing your brainpower. Always ready to tickle my neurons, I ran to my laptop and perused the various websites provided. Most of these places were a tease. Yes, they provided mental exercises and games but they were not free. I don’t want to pay to discover my brain is slowly turning to mush; I’d like that honor to be free please. So I continued to surf. I found one website with brain exercises for free and it sounded like fun. So off I went to a travel site. What I encountered was simply mind numbing. This site has a series of games where you identify locations on a map — things like capital cities or famous monuments. I figured this was going to be a breeze – heck, I’m a world traveler. I was so wrong and so humbled. I couldn’t even find Duluth, Minnesota – I put it in Michigan somewhere. How embarassing. I did get within 2 kilometers of Hoboken, New Jersey – why, I have no flipping idea. I’ve never been to Hoboken and up until this morning I had a sneaking suspicion that Hoboken was just a made-up place. Silly me. I also got credit for being able to pinpoint Dallas, Texas. Again, who knows why. I got a little full of myself and decided since I was so good (okay, sort of good) at locating places in my own country, I would take the challenge for the world map. Oh, what a mistake. Apparently, I don’t have a clue as to where India is located, although I certainly spend alot of time on the phone with Indians solving my various computer issues. I found China okay, and managed to get the Vatican close. But I completely missed London which made me feel especially stupid since I’ve visited there, I was born there, and I have this ridiculous impression in my head that I know all things British.
Here are the websites – go try – come back and report – then feel free to join me as I sign up for Geography 101 at my local community college. http://www.travelpod.com/traveler-iq and http://www.sharpbrains.com/teasers