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October 02 2011

Weekend Link Love: Brain Teaser Edition

By Mark Sisson
360 Comments

The Prize:

A Pullup Bar. And not just any pullup bar. It’s a portable, adjustable, polished aluminum, free standing, pullup/dip bar that can support a 350 lb Grok. You won’t find this thing tucked behind the cardioglides at your local Dick’s Sporting Goods. This bar was built for circus training, and circus folk don’t mess around…unless they are clowns. The adjustable height allows for bodyweight assisted pullups if you’re trying to work your way up to one pullup. Or if you can already pump out a quick 10, set the bar to a max height of 92? and get to work on the one-handed pullup. The bar comes courtesy of Trapeze Rigging, and is a new model that will be available this Fall. (But you can still get their 84″ model.) Besides pullup bars, these guys can outfit you with an entire backyard trapeze set if you’ve got a little Tarzan in your Grok veins. To win this prize…

The Contest:

UPDATE: This Brain Teaser has been solved by reader Rayden. To solve the puzzle you first had to recognize that each of the 14 passages below shared a single word. That is, one and only one word appears in each of the following 14 stanzas. That word is “people”. A few of you recognized this early on. But what’s significant about the word “people”? Not much, really, except for the position of the word “people” in each stanza. For example, “people” is the 20th word in the first paragraph, the 18th word in the second, the 1st in the third, and so forth. List all these and you have: 20, 18, 1, 14, 19, 6, 15, 18, 13, 1, 20, 9, 15, 14. So how does one decode these numbers? I told you that the answer is a single word, so the final jump you had to make is to recognize that each of these numbers represent a letter in the alphabet, where A=1, B=2, C=3, D=4, etc. Spell it out and you have “Transformation”, a nod to a new book I’ve written that is hot off the printing press and will be officially released on October 18. Thanks for playing, everyone, and check back next Sunday for the final Weekend Link Love Brain Teaser Edition of this year’s 30-Day Challenge.

Today’s WLL brain teaser is a little different than the last couple. The clue is hidden in the text below, and the answer is a single word. Ignore this paragraph, everything above, and everything in Recipe Corner, Time Capsule, and the Quote of the Week; focus only on the next fourteen WLL passages. If a day goes by without a winner expect hints in the comment board. Good luck!

Teenagers have been doing unexplainably stupid things for thousands of years, things that make almost no sense to the people who watch over them, and that follow no logical pattern or schedule. A new National Geographic article explains how such reckless behavior is just the adolescent brain reconfiguring its connections and learning how to adapt and take risks. Watch as 16 year olds across the nation write off tickets for Reckless Endangerment as “research.”

Scientists found rice miRNA, recently shown to alter expression of an LDL-receptor gene, in the bloodstream of people who had eaten it. I wonder if other food-borne miRNA can affect gene expression in other ways…

People always say that honesty is the best policy, but what if you’re trying to push cyclists past their limits? Read how an exercise scientist got trained bicyclists to smash their PRs by lying to them about how fast their opponents were going.

A new study suggests that we learn new things while asleep. All those people sleeping with a math book under their pillow redeemed?

Chris Kresser gives “Another reason you shouldn’t go nuts on nuts.” (Could the title have been anything else, people might ask? No, absolutely not.)

To learn about how ancient people encountered (and shared genetic material with) Neandertals, take three and a half minutes to watch a quick video explaining what we know (so far) about human/Neandertal interaction.

Martin from Leangains returns to ask readers a pointed question about an epidemic ravaging people in gyms across the world. What’s your response?

In the latest piece from Diane of Balanced Bites, Dr. Oz receives both props and admonitions (and people say we Primal/paleos are too strict and purist to admit when someone is partly right!) for his evolving dietary advice. He’s not quite there yet, but he’s at least got a few things right.

Robb Wolf recently spent some time living like a paleolithic hunter-gatherer. Luckily, people carrying magic boxes with crystal eyes were able to capture it all and put it on TV. I, Caveman shows this Sunday night from 8-10 PM on the Discovery Channel. Watch it.

People, Chronic Cardio kills: a 30-something marathoner suffered cardiac arrest during the Montreal Marathon. He later died, and 40 other participants required medical help, including 15 via ambulance. It’s a tragedy, but unfortunately not entirely surprising.

A recent meta-analysis found that consuming flavonoid-rich cocoa positively impacted numerous cardiovascular risk factors. Or, in other words, you people have yet another excuse to eat even more dark chocolate.

Hip-hop may not have a huge following among people in the Primal world, I think this Paleo rap might change some minds.

Al Kavadlo highlights a few older gents doing some insanely impressive bodyweight exercises (for people of any age!) on a jungle gym.

Make your muscles cry. Unleash unlimited torque and tension. Cure cancer, “go deep.” People who want to do these things and more should very probably purchase a Free Flexor. TODAY.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

Two years ago (Sep 26 – Oct 2)

Comment of the Week

So, ad primal adherents, we’re supposed to have sex and wear Vibrams? That’s impossible. Everyone knows that Vibrams are the best form of birth control since those plastic-framed glasses of the 80?s.

– They’ve worked okay for me, Mark D.

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  1. That cyclist study is fascinating, and jibes with my own experience. Two of my best progressions in lifting happened when I accidentally overloaded the bar. You have to be deceived for it to work; when I tried to duplicate the results consciously, it didn’t work. Bizarre…

    And that Leangains link may be the best, most complete post ever by Martin Berkhan, not to mention riotously funny. It’s already helped me a lot.

  2. Wow, I’m honored to be featured in the Link Love, sandwiched between my buddies Chris Kresser & Robb Wolf. Hope y’all enjoy the Dr. Oz article- it may help you to explain to your family, friends, etc. how and why “America’s Doctor” has some things horribly confused since now you’ll know what he’s telling people – clearly none of you ware watching his TV show. Rightfully so, neither am I. That magazine article, however, needed some public commentary, however.

    Enjoy!

  3. Some of you are on the right track, but remember, “The CLUE is hidden in the text below, and the ANSWER is a single word.”

  4. Vibrams are super cute now with lots of fun colors!
    Come on, primal is sexy <3
    Super excited about I, Caveman!!!

  5. Hmm, I thought it might be an amino acid sequence, TSPACTMIRPAHAM, but I plugged that into a BLAST search and no obvious proteins stood out to me. Bummer!

  6. This is my wll first brain teaser and really want to win. The only problem is what it the question that we need to find the answer for?

  7. okay, is it just me or is that video of the older guys working out with Al super awesome/inspiring?

  8. I couldn’t make up my MIND. So I have two ANSWERs:

    1. ANSWER

    2. BRAINS

  9. It seems like the clue is: people today. So it seems like the answer would be Homo sapiens. But that’s two words, not one!

  10. self-preservation

    don’t know if that really counts as one word…oh well, it was worth a shot.

    1. We have a winner! Care to share how you solved it, Rayden?

      One of the Worker Bees will be in touch with you this coming week to work out shipping arrangements.

      1. Wow, awesome!!!
        To get to the solution, I counted to the position of the word “people” in each paragraph. Then I translated the numbers into the letters of the alphabet (1=A, 2=B, and so on), and the resulting word was “transformation”.
        Thank you so much!

  11. Ok. I have a list of possible answers;
    Growth
    Exploration
    Science
    Research
    Study
    Discovery
    Improvement

  12. To expand on that: count the number of words into each paragraph the word “people” appears. Take the letter of the alphabet that corresponds to that number.

    TRANSFORMATION!

    1. Look at the tolerance level for your favorite nut and do the math. Mine are walnuts, as per the chart, walnuts have a phytic acid level of 982, so to be safe, I should limit my consumption to no more than 40 gr per day. 400(limit)/982 = .40. 100gr(test weight)x.40= 40. I’m safe consuming only about 25gr per day.
      Enjoy! Have no fear.

  13. “I-CaveMan” will probably prove, Grok was stronger than Homo-Sapiens dudes are today. I look forward to seeing other take that challenge.

  14. I’m not sure what I think of the caveman TV show thing. On one hand, any promotion of this way of eating is probably a good thing, but on the other hand it kind of makes paleo seem more like a fad diet rather than a legitimate lifestyle.

  15. Pff ” Paleo” …
    I prefer “nonspecific ancient homo sapiens lifestyle modelling but only the useful parts supported by established evidence and ongoing dietary,health, anthropological , evolutionary and or scientifically valid research ” diet.

    Think it will catch on?

  16. I TOTALLY HAVE THAT PULL UP BAR!

    It’s definitely awesome. It can adjust to many different heights and be used for pull ups, pull up progressions, and even push-up progressions. I take ballet classes, and if I set it up waist-high it makes a great improv ballet barre too.

  17. Away from my computer all weekend. Wanted to solve this. Noticed 14 instances of “people.” My answer was going to be:

    netball

    It takes 14 people to play the game.

  18. OMG Thanks for the laugh Mark! That Free Flexor video cracked me up. But seriously, I think most men get enough exercise for those muscles already 😉