chiasmus |kīˈazməs|noun: a rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form; e.g., "Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds." DERIVATIVES: chiastic |kīˈastik|adjective. ORIGIN: mid-17th century (in the general sense "crosswise arrangement"): modern Latin, from Greek khiasmos "crosswise arrangement," from khiazein "mark with the letter chi," from khi "chi."
Also see "verlan": French wordplay reverses syllables, so pigeon becomes geonpi, etc.
Congratulations, Chris Fogel, yours was the first correct answer: 40. Right behind Chris came Carl May, Mark Stechbart, Eric Leavitt, and Dale Riehart. If you guessed right, way to go! If you guessed wrong, better revisit that geometry book.
This 2011 video (above) shows the brilliant sound-and-light show at the corner of Cape Breton and Rainier in Park Pacifica. In 2012 it was even better, including a Giants-themed version of Queen's We Are the Champions of the World. Motorists could tune their car radios to 90.1 FM and watch the lights sync to the music.
This easy math quiz reveals your favorite movie. I am not very good at math, so I did it in my head, then on paper, and finally on a calculator just to compensate for my poor numerical capabilities. Each time I got the same answer, and sure enough, it is my very favorite movie ever. Do not cheat and scroll down to the movie list. Do the math, then compare the results to the movie list below. You will be amazed at how true and accurate this quiz is.
1. Pick a number from 1 to 9.
2. Multiply that number by 3.
3. Add 3.
4. Multiply by 3 again.
5. Your total will be a two-digit number. Add the first and second digits together to find your favorite show of all time in the list of 17 movies below.
1. Gone With the Wind 2. E.T. 3. Blazing Saddles 4. Star Wars 5. Forrest Gump 6. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly 7. Jaws 8. Grease 9. The Romney Concession Speech of 2012 10. Casablanca 11. Jurassic Park 12. Shrek 13. Pirates of the Caribbean 14. Titanic 15. Raiders of the Lost Ark 16. Home Alone 17. Mrs. Doubtfire