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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:55 pm 
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More Goths and also Huns'


From Malgosia Askanas

1-Where do Goths get their coffee from?  
2-What field of endeavor is dedicated to Gothic food preparation?  
3-What Spanish city is particularly hospitable to Goths?  
4-What European state is particularly hospitable to Goths?   

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1-  Gothta Rica.
2-   Gothtronomy.
3- Tharagotha.
4=  Gothnia.


From Bruce Horowitz

Here are a few more for Goths, some for Huns, and one for both.

1. What does a Goth say when frustrated?
2. Where does a Goth go for sex?
3. Where was the center of the Goth mathematical world 100 years ago?
4. What does a Hun call his wife?
5. How many cents in a dollar?
6. What is the fear of Huns called?
7. What military vehicles do Huns drive?
8. What were the methods that Huns and Goths used to obtain food?
9-What make of car do Huns use for a herse?

Answers

1. Goth-darn it!
2. To a Gothel
3. Gothingen
4. Huney
5. One Hundred
6. Hundread
7. Hunvees
8. Hunters and Gotherers
9-A Hundie


TO WHICH I MIGHT ADD:

1--Why did the Huns eat so much?
2--What was their favorite food?
3--What form of execution did they particularly dread?
4--What country particularly welcomed them?
5--What opera was written for them, and by whom?
6--Who wrote fairy tales for them?
7--Why did the huns never cheat?

ANSWERS

1-- Because they were Hun-gry.
2--Hunburgers.
3--Being hung.
4--Hun-gary.
5--Hunsel and Gretel by Hunperdick
6--Huns Christian Hunderson
7--Because they believed that Hunesty is the best policy.


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzles, Jokes, Anecdotes, and Thoughts
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Hi Rsmullyan,

Thanks for sharing this.

It made me laugh out loud! :lol:

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A SHAKESPEREAN MONICA

To be, or not to be,
In love with Lady Monica,
That is the question!
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer,
The slings and arrows of unfulfilled love,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them'
To die--to sleep,
To dream of Lady Monica!
"Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished.
But then to wake, and be with her no more!
Ay, there's the rub!

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.
Grows Monica more lovely from day to day!
To the last syllable of recorded time,
The way to the lady's heart.
Out, out, oh Chopin!
Whose music Monica so dearly loves!
Life's but a musical tribute,
That has its hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. 'Tis a tale
Told by a piano lady
Full of sound and beauty,
Signifying,all that is wonderful!


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Oh Hamlet, I mean Macbeth, I mean Raymond... I like this very much!! Thank you :)

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Ooh... Love Is In The Air :P

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techneut wrote:
Ooh... Love Is In The Air :P


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Another musical riddle: What French composer is like liturgical music in A Major ?


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I know...it's Debussy Ravel Poulenc Faure. :)

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What French composer is like liturgical music in A Major ?

Monica, I get the Faure, but not the other three. The answer I had in mind was Mass-in-A


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Good one, Raymond!

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This is interesting. I was perusing the Guiness Book of World Records site, typed in "piano," and found this record:

Most Piano Keys Hit in One Minute

The number of keys in 669 set by Sai Manapragada in November of last year (2011).

Can you imagine? It makes you wonder, if he played straight sixteenth notes at 120bpm that would be 480 notes (= 120 x 4). So he must have played at a faster tempo :lol: Did he play just one note 650+ times, or did he play scales? And maybe he used a metronome?!?

Here is a link:

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/7000/most-piano-key-hits-in-one-minute

I don't think I would ever care to beat this record. I think you might hurt your hands if you play too fast. Of course, this is an extreme example of playing piano fast :wink:

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I (and you) can play 10-12 keys at one instant using fingers only. Play them repetitively in diatonic fashion and it adds up very quickly. Throw in some octave or double-handed glissandi and one could top a thousand easily I would think. :mrgreen:

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pianoman342 wrote:
Can you imagine? It makes you wonder, if he played straight sixteenth notes at 120bpm that would be 480 notes (= 120 x 4). So he must have played at a faster tempo :lol:
Your arithmetic is flawless, 8) but I think your sense of awe is misguided. Come on, 8 notes per second is really not very fast at all.
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Did he play just one note 650+ times, or did he play scales?
We don't know, the link is scant on details. I find playing the same note repeatedly, fast, quite difficult. There are techniques for this, of course, which involve changing the fingers; there are Czerny studies for this. I guess you will eventually hit a certain speed at which the action on the piano doesn't cope with cycling that quickly, so if you want to set a speed record it will have to involve different notes.
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I don't think I would ever care to beat this record. I think you might hurt your hands if you play too fast. Of course, this is an extreme example of playing piano fast :wink:
I don't think it's extreme at all. As stated ("number of keys hit"), it clearly admits the possibility of hitting two keys simultaneously, such as when playing two-handed scales. If you want to hit 670 keys in a minute, then each hand only has to hit 335. That's less than 6 a second, or leisurely triplets at 120bpm.

If you're allowed to create your own favourable circumstances, and play partial scales which need only a fixed hand position, such as C D E F G F E D repeated continuously, I'm sure you could easily play sixteenths at 160bpm. That's 672 keys a minute with one hand. It might take a little training to keep this up for a whole minute, but that's the record already beaten. But you have two hands and can therefore easily achieve 1344 hits a minute.


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That's interesting, Riley. Thanks for the info. But yes, it seems like a sort of wishy-washy world record. They should have shown video or something like that.

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@ Rainer, Eddy and Monica

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If you're allowed to create your own favourable circumstances, and play partial scales which need only a fixed hand position, such as C D E F G F E D repeated continuously, I'm sure you could easily play sixteenths at 160bpm. That's 672 keys a minute with one hand. It might take a little training to keep this up for a whole minute, but that's the record already beaten. But you have two hands and can therefore easily achieve 1344 hits a minute.


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I (and you) can play 10-12 keys at one instant using fingers only. Play them repetitively in diatonic fashion and it adds up very quickly. Throw in some octave or double-handed glissandi and one could top a thousand easily I would think.


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That's interesting, Riley. Thanks for the info. But yes, it seems like a sort of wishy-washy world record. They should have shown video or something like that.


I agree. A video would be helpful in this case. Or if not a video then at least an audio recording ( but we wouldn't want them to submit it to the audition room :lol:)

Rainer, you're right- my original sense of awe was indeed misguided.. :oops: I did a little experiment with a site that has a tap counter:

http://www.all8.com/tools/bpm.htm

(the "timing taps" function is what counts the letters)

Eddy, you are exactly right--I timed a minute and I found I could easily "play" 1000+ keys. And I don't mean piano keys, I mean the typing keyboard on my laptop :wink: But how much different is it? Aside from the fact that a computer keyboard doesn't have the action of a grand piano, :lol: that typing letters does not produce harmonic tones, I don't think its much different at all. So bottom line, 669 is not a very impressive record.

Now we will all have to draw straws -- who among us is going to apply to the guiness book of world records and take the crown? 8)

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