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Posted on Tuesday, January 06, 2009 - 3:27 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Slightly silly but....


A man announces his intention to travel to Point Hope Alaksa & the Kamchatka Penninsula. This announcement is greeted with some humour and a little puzzlement.

please explain
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Because he ought to know how to spell better?
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Anything to do with a game of Risk?
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Because he ought to know how to spell better? type better i think you mean i actually do know how to spell Alaska or did i spell something else incorrectly. Followers of my puzzles will know that spelling is not my strong point

Anything to do with a game of Risk? no and I've just won a bet with myself that this would be the first question asked. I'm an avid Risk player and have been since i was 12
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Yes, the Risk comment was too obvious, but the word Kamchatka set off an almost Pavlovian reflex : )
Is his current geographical location relevant? his profession? age? family? Is the time of year relevant? The International Date line? His proposed method of transportation?
When he makes his announcement, is there some other relevant factor above and beyond the reported statement which caused the amusement? Is the nature of the audience relevant?
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Relevant that Point Hope is very far North, even more north than the Kamchatkan Peninsula? Is there any particular reason he wants to go to Point Hope relevant?
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Yes, the Risk comment was too obvious, but the word Kamchatka set off an almost Pavlovian reflex : ) As I knew it would
Is his current geographical location relevant? no his profession? yes age? no family? no Is the time of year relevant? no The International Date line? no His proposed method of transportation? and no again
When he makes his announcement, is there some other relevant factor above and beyond the reported statement which caused the amusement? yes Is the nature of the audience relevant? yes
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Relevant that Point Hope is very far North, even more north than the Kamchatkan Peninsula? well each place's location is relevant and the fact that Point Hope is far north is very relevant Is there any particular reason he wants to go to Point Hope relevant? yes but it's his reasoning that's pretty silly
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Seems like it was named by the same idea as the Cape of Good Hope... pretty bad weather, but they tried to make it sound good... Is the Cape of Good Hope relevant anyways?

Since Kamchatka is mentioned, is a certain time period relevant?
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Seems like it was named by the same idea as the Cape of Good Hope... pretty bad weather, but they tried to make it sound good... Is the Cape of Good Hope relevant anyways? no

Since Kamchatka is mentioned, is a certain time period relevant? no
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Does he point out either of those places on a map? On a globe? Does he know that they are cold and forbidding places? Does he think that he will find something relevant in either place? Is the Cold War relevant at all? Is he a bear-spotter? Is he planning to travel between those two places? Is his mode of transport relevant?
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Is the number 7 (for number of vowels in each location name) relevant?
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Does he point out either of those places on a map? yope . explore this notion On a globe? no Does he know that they are cold and forbidding places? probably but irrelevant Does he think that he will find something relevant in either place? no Is the Cold War relevant at all? no Is he a bear-spotter? no Is he planning to travel between those two places? yope .. explore this also Is his mode of transport relevant? no
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Is the number 7 (for number of vowels in each location name) relevant? no I hadn't realised that
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because both are on land areas that look like a finger?
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Since the people here love weightless poetry, I figured I'd stop by with some featherweight poetry:

There once was an X from place B,
That satisfied predicate P,
He or she did thing A,
In an adjective way,
Resulting in circumstance C.
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Is the Risk board relevant here - did he think that these places were on opposite sides of the world?
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Type of map used relevant? A completely flat map with distortions? That other type which has no distortions but has huge gaps? Would he had made the same (lack of) reasoning if he was looking at a globe?

You said the job was relevant. So...

artistic/musical/writer?
Banking/financial/real estate?
Clerical/Administrative?
Computer related / Hardware ?
Construction / Craftsman ?
Education / Academic Research ?
Entertainment / Media ?
Executive / Management ?
Hospitality / Travel ?
Legal Services ? Law enforcement?
Manufacturing / Distributions ?
Medical / Health Services ?
Politics / Government / Military ?
Sales / Marketing ?
Technical / Science / Engineering ?
Teaching / Child care?
Transportation ?
Food Service ?
Sports?
Jailbird / Criminal?
Religion?
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because both are on land areas that look like a finger? no but an interesting thought

Since the people here love weightless poetry, I figured I'd stop by with some featherweight poetry:

There once was an X from place B,
That satisfied predicate P,
He or she did thing A,
In an adjective way,
Resulting in circumstance C. nice

Is the Risk board relevant here no but maps are as i've mentioned - did he think that these places were on opposite sides of the world? this is actually quite close to the nub of the matter ...I would say no to the notion that he thinks they are on the opposite side of the world. keep exploring this because you're getting decidedly warm


Type of map used relevant? yes A completely flat map with distortions? no That other type which has no distortions but has huge gaps? yes it's your standard poster map of the world Would he had made the same (lack of) reasoning if he was looking at a globe? no.. it's not so much lack of reasoning more like wacky reasoning

You said the job was relevant. So...

artistic/musical/writer?
Banking/financial/real estate?
Clerical/Administrative?
Computer related / Hardware ?
Construction / Craftsman ?
Education / Academic Research ?
Entertainment / Media ? entertainment
Executive / Management ?
Hospitality / Travel ?
Legal Services ? Law enforcement?
Manufacturing / Distributions ?
Medical / Health Services ?
Politics / Government / Military ?
Sales / Marketing ?
Technical / Science / Engineering ?
Teaching / Child care?
Transportation ?
Food Service ?
Sports?
Jailbird / Criminal?
Religion?
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Did he say something like "I will travel around the world, from Alaska to Kamchatka", as they are on the opposite ends of the map, and not realising that in fact they are pretty close to each other?
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Did he say something like "I will travel around the world, from Alaska to Kamchatka", as they are on the opposite ends of the map, and not realising that in fact they are pretty close to each other? noish but he did intend to visit other destinations but he had to visit the two places mentioned for a specific reason pertaining to his map..

You're actually quite close to getting this .. if you find out what this guy does for a living it'll help
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Entertainment. Hmmm.
Musician? Artist? Host of a TV/Radio show? (Not sure what else. Someone else help?}
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Entertainment. Hmmm.
Musician? Artist? Host of a TV/Radio show? (Not sure what else. Someone else help?} none of these i'm afraid
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Infiltration relevant? Cinnamon buns? Pastry chefs?
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Infiltration relevant? Cinnamon buns? Pastry chefs? Only in this puzzle are none of these relevant!!
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Profession: Comedian? Dancer? Actor? Film Director? Script writer? Magician? Author? stretching the definition of entertainment to breaking point ...Mime artist?
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Profession: Comedian? this one Dancer? Actor? Film Director? Script writer? Magician? Author? stretching the definition of entertainment to breaking point ...Mime artist? that is stretching it alright
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Blooper alert....

Did he say something like "I will travel around the world, from Alaska to Kamchatka", as they are on the opposite ends of the map, and not realising that in fact they are pretty close to each other? noish but he did intend to visit other destinations but he had to visit the two places mentioned for a specific reason pertaining to his map..

should have read that he stated his intention to go to other places
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Are the other places that he intended to visit related to the humour? Is the humour intentional?
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Are the other places that he intended to visit related to the humour? yes but he didn't want to actually go to any of these places or the two in the puzzle statement for that matter Is the humour intentional? yes
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Is the humour linked to the idea that these are the most easterly or westerly places on the map? has he joked about visiting the poles? Sing Ho! For an Expotition!
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Is the humour linked to the idea that these are the most easterly or westerly places on the map? yes well more where they would be on a standard map of the world poster has he joked about visiting the poles? noSing Ho! For an Expotition!
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Are the other places he proposes to visit around the 50th to 65th parallel? Are they near 180 degrees of longitude (give or take 20 degrees)?
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Are the other places he proposes to visit around the 50th to 65th parallel? Are they near 180 degrees of longitude (give or take 20 degrees)? they could be anywhere in the world.
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Was his map the standard poster map with Kamchatka and Alaska at the far left and right? Or is his map centred on a different line of longitude? Is the order in which he visits the places relevant? Is Point Hope at the beginning? end? or middle of his journey? And is Kamchatka at the beginning? end? or middle of his journey?
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Was his map the standard poster map with Kamchatka and Alaska at the far left and right? yes Or is his map centred on a different line of longitude? so no Is the order in which he visits the places relevant? well lets just say he needs go to Point Hope and Kamchatka first but the order in which he visits those 2 is not relevant Is Point Hope at the beginning? this see above end? or middle of his journey? And is Kamchatka at the beginning? this see above end? or middle of his journey?
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Is a well known saying relevant? Such as "East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet"? or "East or West, home is best?"
The actual countries USA and Russia relevant?
And he indicated the Kamchatka peninsula and not the Chukotsk peninsula? and Point Hope and not the Bering Strait? Or would those places have worked just as well?
Is the physical shape of either place relevant? Did he draw on the map to indicate his journey? The resulting image relevant?
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If one were to join those two points on a map, would it look rather amusing in some smutty sort of way? Does the aforementioned peninsula look, well ... more penile than peninsular?

It's not Dave Gorman, is it? I loved his Googlewhack Adventure very much.
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Is a well known saying relevant? no Such as "East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet"? or "East or West, home is best?" so no to these
The actual countries USA and Russia relevant? not especially
And he indicated the Kamchatka peninsula and not the Chukotsk peninsula? no I picked the two places he went but he did indicate his intention to travel to those two regions so i just put names on the places and Point Hope and not the Bering Strait? the bering strait would work for his joke Or would those places have worked just as well? indeed
Is the physical shape of either place relevant? no Did he draw on the map to indicate his journey? no but explore this is closer to the solution than you might imagine The resulting image relevant? so no
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If one were to join those two points on a map, would it look rather amusing in some smutty sort of way? it might do but not relevant Does the aforementioned peninsula look, well ... more penile than peninsular? LOL but no there is no smut in this puzzle

It's not Dave Gorman, is it? it's not I loved his Googlewhack Adventure very much.As do I , i think it's one of the most original comedy shows I've ever seen.

a little hint for you, this comedians style would be described as oberservational but very surreal, and this joke is on the surreal side. I'm a great fan of his and surreal comics in general and this quote is very amusing to me although I have heard people react with a "say what" puzzled expression hence the puzzle title.

as this puzzle is rather silly i'll give one more clue to his identity.. sadly he's no longer with us
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Oh heck. Graham Chapman? (cf. on an expedition to build a bridge between the two peaks of Kilimanjaro?) Bill Hicks? (nah, more ranty than surreal).

OK, v. aware that guessing names of dead comedians is not particularly lateral, but there's a sort of homage going on ...

Peter Cook? Was it during one of Cook's Norwegian phone-ins?
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Anything to do with the ends of the earth? Falling off the edge of the map? Is the journey itself the cause of the humour, or does he intend to do something when he arrives at each place?
So he didn't draw on the map, but...
Did he (or someone else) mark his intended destinations with map pins? Are Kamchatka and Alaska marked with pins because they are there to hold up the map, but he then assumes he must visit them?
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Oh heck. Graham Chapman? (cf. on an expedition to build a bridge between the two peaks of Kilimanjaro?) Bill Hicks? (nah, more ranty than surreal). no to these two (legends both)

OK, v. aware that guessing names of dead comedians is not particularly lateral, but there's a sort of homage going on ... indeed there is and help is at hand

Peter Cook? Was it during one of Cook's Norwegian phone-ins? no to this legend too
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Anything to do with the ends of the earth? yope Falling off the edge of the map? but no Is the journey itself the cause of the humour, or does he intend to do something when he arrives at each place? this
So he didn't draw on the map, but...
Did he (or someone else) mark his intended destinations with map pins? he does Are Kamchatka and Alaska marked with pins because they are there to hold up the map, but he then assumes he must visit them? exactly so fantastic job Oisin

****************SPOILER***************

This is my little homage to the late (and great) Mitch Hedberg who in my humble opinion rivals Steven Wright for the title of king of surreal comedy.

Mitch's gag was as follows....

"I want to hang a map of the world in my house then Iím gonna put pins into all the locations that Iíve travelled to. But first Iím gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map so it wonít fall down"

I took the liberty of naming two places roughly in the area that Mitch was referring to

Now I'm aware that not everyone finds this type of comedy funny but for me it's the best kind out there.

Here's the link to Mitch's quotes. I dare you all not to laugh.
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Mitch_Hedberg


I'll be interested to know if they amuse you.
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Not a comedian I'd heard of before, but some excellent jokes on that site - the HH joke, and the one anchovy joke are both wonderfully absurd.
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Heheh, a new discovery for me. A sort of childlike hybrid between Groucho and Rich Hall, I suppose. Quite a few fine one-liners in there that would make good LPTF-type puzzles in themselves. I love the way he critiques his own gags as he goes along.
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Well i'm glad to have introduced Mitch to you . Mitch suffered from terrible stage fright and delivered his lines with eyes closed or from behind his long hair and dark glasses. In his early career he sometimes faced away from the audience. There are some excellent clips of Mitch on U-Tube if you want to see one of the most unique comic talents ever.

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