The Daily Coin Flip
Week of 4/8/12
Instructions: Ask yourself the question. If you want, flip a coin. “On Edge” means that the coin lands and balances on its edge.
Have I purchased enough jelly beans?
On Edge I was asked in a job interview how many jelly beans could fit in a car, and I mean to find out.
Would my web site be more popular if it had pictures of elephants on every page?
On Edge I’m not sure, but that I, Claudius allusion is bound to go viral.
Should I be embarrassed?
On Edge This is a bobbery! I mean robbery. Boy is my face red! I know you can’t tell under the ski mask, but take my word for it.
Is this person correct to accuse me of making an ad graminum attack?
Heads Yes. “Graminum” suggests both the words “grammar” and “hominem” in “ad hominem.” Thus, it is a good description of a counterargument based on criticism of the grammar used to express the argument, rather than of the argument’s merits.
Tails No. It appears that “grammatica” is Latin for “grammar,” and “graminum” for “grassy, full of grass.” I could express the concept better than he.
On Edge I think the issue is more a matter of whether you made such an attack than the term used to describe it. Also, it’s “better than him,” not “he.” What do you mean, “ellipsis”?
Should I have included an illustration with this test question?
On Edge I don’t care if the students complain. If they don’t know the shapes of a theremin’s antennas, it’s their own fault.
Am I ticklish?
Heads Hee hee hee! Quit it.
On Edge I didn’t realize that that was a requirement for this job.
Should I run for governor?
Tails Probably not.
On Edge I’m not sure, but I recommend against running toward the governor. It turned out to be a bad idea.
Next week: Should I roll up my sleeves and get to work?
The letters are the initials of a famous quotation. The hints are given backwards. The answer will appear next week.
Hints: 1) ecallaW ekiM fo yromem nI
Answer to last week’s puzzle: “Rosebud.” (Herman Mankiewicz, Orson Welles, et al.)
quirky, prognostication, satire of horoscopes, satire of prognostication,
parody of horoscopes, parody of prognostication