of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow
older, it's important that we keep mentally alert. The saying: "If
you don't use it, you will lose it" also applies to the brain.
Below is a very private way to gage your loss or non-loss of intelligence.
So take the following test presented here and determine if you are losing
it or are still a MENSA candidate. OK, relax, clear your mind and .
. . begin.
1. What do you put in a toaster?
The answer is bread. If you said "toast", then give up now
and go do something else. Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, "bread",
go to question 2.
2. Say "silk" five times. Now spell "silk". What
do cows drink?
Answer: Cows drink water. If you said "milk", please do not
attempt the next question. Your brain is obviously over stressed and
may even overheat. It may be that you need to content yourself with
reading something more appropriate such as "Children's World".
If you said, "water" then proceed to question three.
3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from
blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house
is made from black bricks, what is a greenhouse made from?
Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said "green bricks",
what the heck are you still doing here reading these questions? If you
said "glass", then go on to question four.
4. Twenty years ago, a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany.
If you will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into
West Germany and East Germany. Anyway, during the flight, TWO of the
engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is
also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the
engine fails before he has time and the plane crashes smack in the middle
of "no man's land" between East Germany and West Germany.
Where would you bury the survivors - East Germany or West Germany or
in "no man's land"?
Answer: You don't, of course, bury survivors. If you said ANYTHING else,
you are a real dunce and you must NEVER try to rescue anyone from a
plane crash. Your efforts would not be appreciated. If you said, "Don't
bury the survivors" then proceed to the next question.
5. If the hour hand on a clock moves 1/60th of a degree every minute
then how many degrees will the hour hand move in one hour?
Answer: One degree. If you said "360 degrees" or anything
other than "one degree", you are to be congratulated on getting
this far, but you are obviously out of your league. Turn your pencil
in and exit the room. Everyone else proceed to the final question.
6. Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from Farmgate
to Uttara. In Farmgate, 17 people get on the bus. In Mohakhali, six
people get off the bus and nine people get on. In Banani, two people
get off and four get on. In Uttara, 11 people get off and 16 people
get on. On the way back in Banani, three people get off and five people
get on. In Mohakhali again, six people get off and three get on. You
then arrive at Farmgate again. What was the name of the bus driver?
Answer: Oh, for heaven sake! It was YOU, Read the first line!!!
you tired of the hectic life in Dhaka city? Are you tired of the chaotic
traffic jams you have to go through everyday on your way to school or
office? Need a break from all these to a place which is right here in
I am not talking about going to any restaurants nor am I talking about
going to any university campus. I ain't even talking about going to
Fantasy Kingdom. The place about which I am talking about where you
can get peace and serenity is Bashundhara. I am sure a lot of you know
this place by know.
Bashundhara is going to be the next big thing in housing societies but
what is left to be seen is when the time comes. No one know for sure
now. The place is mostly occupied with empty plots with one or two houses
scattered over the whole area. As the result the place is almost barren
and hence you have your noiseless atmosphere.
Its is preferable to roam around the place in a rickshaw and the real
atmosphere of Bashundara can be enjoyed. Me and my friends usually head
off to a corner of Bashundara where there is nothing but empty plots.
Check out the names of the roads and try remembering them all. It's
a real jaw breaker.
What is more interesting is that many of the plots have sign boards
stating "House TO-LET" or "Bari bhara hobe". It
is interesting because there aren't any houses in those plots or even
a mile from those plots. So it really makes you wonder where the houses
are. I guess this is where the Invisible Man and his family lives.
You won't find any traffic jams, restaurants, fast food joints or any
hi-fi shopping complex. It's a simple place with a simple atmosphere,
Here are some recommendations for going to Bashundhara.
(i) Since the roads are empty most people go there to learn driving,
don't go there often otherwise the "darwans" wont let you
in and accuse of "TURRRRRNING", that's their way of pronouncing
(ii) Go there when the weather is windy and cloudy. You will enjoy your
time and have a relaxing experience. 100% guaranteed.
(iii) If you have the time check out International Standard School (ISD)
and gasp at the place where kindergarten students pay around 20,000
+ per month
Ziad Bin Hyder
real-life drama in
sure EVERYONE'S heard of our in-house comic, the head honcho of hilarity…(drumroll)
Hamdu Mia. He's been creating a lot of laughs the past few weeks that
somehow didn't make it into Soap. Sad, sad oversight! So, to make up
for all that, today's soap takes a look at what the guru of giggles
has been up to over the past two weeks.
Scene I: Farewell party for Riyana, the A-twins and Alien-angel
The RS crew, with Shanaz Apu from LS as their supervisor, is seated
at a table in a hotel near the Daily Star. While the girls are screaming
for Mountain Dew, Hamdu Mia and Solitary Sniper are discussing their
future prospects in the absence of the lady problem-solver, Riyana.
Mia: "I think I ought to get the column…I've run a column
Alex: "Yeah, 'Hamdu's Monthly Horoscope'…sure,
that is winning proof of capability"
Solitary Sniper: "Look…no offense to Riyana, but
don't you think most of the problems she dealt with could have been
solved more effectively with a healthy dose of humor?"
Afreen (shuddering): "Knowing the kind of …err,
bovine humor you possess, do you think it's safe to unleash you upon
the innocent public?"
HM (leaning back with a satisfied sigh of reminiscence):
"Ah, yes, the Qurbani Cow article…those were the good days…”
SS (slapping Alex on the shoulder): "I think Alex
here's done a nice job of creating a stir, though."
HM (scoffing): "Bah…he's just one-controversy
old. Give him some time, let him anger some important people, and then
Mood Dude: "Hmm…Hamdu, you sound like you could
use some ritual of dominance that would ensure your supremacy in this
SS: "Hey, that's not a bad idea, brother…what
do you propose?"
(The two nuts put their heads together and whisper for a few minutes,
before they break off with an air of achievement.)
HM: "We need a burping contest to show who's boss…"
Alex (grimacing): "Eughie! Count me out!"
SS (wistfully): "But…but…he needs a challenger!"
(Hero entry music)
MD: "I challenge Hamdu Mia!"
SS: "Let the belching begin!"
(The scene fades out as the unappetizing sounds commence. Just for the
record, despite his valorous efforts, our hero Mood Dude had to bow
down before the indomitable Hamdu Mia, whose winning burp lasted almost
a whole minute.)
Scene II: RS office, the following week
In Episode Six, I had been one of the last people to come in to work,
and missed the great meeting between The Character formerly known as
Boycott Babe (TCFKABB) and the pop princess Soshma. I'd also missed
the violent encounter between Mood Dude and Solitary Sniper. However,
I got there just in time to catch a piece of Hamdu action.
HM: "Hey, Sabrina, how come you didn't mention
my contest in your soap?
(This attack followed the more menacing one by TCFKABB over her nomenclature,
so you can well imagine how intimidated I was)
HM: "What, my burp wasn't loud enough to burst
your Rising Soap bubbles?"
(Sensing my plight, Mood Dude came to my rescue…honestly, I don't think
I could've picked a better hero. Thanks, Riyana, for opening my eyes.)
MD: "Hey, Hamdu…did you check your mail today?"
HM (sitting down at the computer) "I don't believe
SS: "What? Another love letter from your female
HM: "Fan mail, all right…but this one's from a
guy…see, he calls himself "Gorgeous Guy"
Me: "Ooh…what does he want?"
HM: "He sent me a whole questionnaire…"
TCFKABB: "Lemme see…oh my God… 'What's your favorite
color?' That's so…Popstars!"
While we were expostulating over this development, my soap-hungry gaze
landed on Solitary Sniper, who was busy drawing up a layout for a new
Me: "What's going on, SS?"
SS: "Hamdu and I are replacing Riyana!"
DBB: "Says who?"
HM: "Hey, she's gone…someone needs to solve the
problems…and TGND can't do more than copy and paste!"
TGND: "Excuse me?
SS (singing): 'Ctrl+C…Ctrl+V…" (looks at TGND's
expression) "Right, I better get back to this…"
DBB (with an air of waning patience): "Let's see…a
problem-solving column…run by Hamdu Mia and Solitary Sniper?"
HM (hopefully): "Yes?"
DBB: "ABSOLUTELY NOT!"
So ends this week's soap. If you're feeling bad for Hamdu, mail him
and let him know. As for what happens to Page 2 now that "It's
not your problems anymore" is gone, keep reading RS (both the magazine
and this column) to find out…
Sabrina F. Ahmad