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Backwords: The Secret Language Of Talking Backwards And More Incredible Games, Stunts And Mind-Bending Word Fun! Paperback – November 1, 2007
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Try this challenge on your friends. You'll be able to beat even the most verbal, literate, verbose people you know - if they don't know the secret.
THE HUNDRED WORD CHALLENGE
"Here's a word stunt that both children and adults enjoy;
Challenge your friend to, 'say as many words as you can - that do not contain the letter 'A' - in 60 seconds.'
Time them with your watch. They will be able to recite 20, 30, at the most 40 words.
Then it's your turn. Ask them to time you, and say: "One, two. three. four, five, six....." - keep counting as fast as you can. You will surely beat them, with about 100 words.
By the way; the first number you will come to with an 'A' in it is 'ONE THOUSAND'."
David Fuhrer is an expert on 'talking backwards'. That is; he can instantly repeat a sentence pronouncing each word as if it was spelled in reverse.
This year I co-wrote a book with him that was published last month under the title 'Backwords'. It starts with a tutorial on learning this special skill, but then extends to trivia, games, riddles, and other wordplay. I even include a short essay on winning strategy for the game 'Hangman'.
The book includes a bonus DVD with David performing his backwards-talking skill.
We enjoyed exploring the world of wordplay while we wrote the manuscript. We're proud of the result - it's lots of fun.
It's available on a certain book sale website named after a large Mythological female warrior.
- Marvin Silbermintz