Memory relies mostly on the temporal (in green) and frontal (in red) lobes of the brain. Neurons and synapses in these areas will get stimulated when you try to remember the missing words in the American proverbs below (assuming you are American or have lived in the US for long).
However, when it comes to the internationals proverbs below, you will have to use your reasoning skills more than your memory skills, as it is likely that you do not know these proverbs. In this case, the frontal lobe exercise is more intense.
Of course, if you live outside the USA, your experience will probably be the reverse!
Try to guess what the missing words of each proverb might be. Use your memory and/ or logical skills 🙂
1. The early bird gets the ___________.
2. After all is _______ and done, more is said than __________.
3. From ___________ beginnings come great ____________.
4. Don’t ___________ horses while crossing a ____________.
5. There are three kinds of _________; those that make ________ happen, those that watch things __________ and those who don’t know what’s _______________.
6. The frog does not ____________ the pond in which he __________.
1. With enough “ifs” we could put Paris into a _________. (France)
2. Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in ____________. (France)
3. A closed mouth catches no _____________ . (France)
4. Appetite comes with _______________ . (France)
5. If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are ___________. (South Africa)
6. Behold the iguana puffing itself out to make itself a ____________. (South Africa)
7. Milk the cow, but do not pull off the ___________. (Greece)
8. If you want to gather a lot of knowledge, act as if you are _________________. (Vietnam)
1. The early bird gets the worm.
2. After all is said and done, more is said than done.
3. From small beginnings come great things.
4. Don’t change horses while crossing a stream.
5. There are three kinds of people; those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who don’t know what’s happening.
6. The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.
1. With enough “ifs” we could put Paris into a bottle.
2. Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.
3. A closed mouth catches no flies.
4. Appetite comes with eating.
5. If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full.
6. Behold the iguana puffing itself out to make itself a man!
7. Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder.
8. If you want to gather a lot of knowledge, act as if you are ignorant.
Next brain teaser in SharpBrains’ top 25 series:
- #20. Find the missing number in The Empty Triangle
— This teaser was written by Pascale Michelon, Ph. D., for SharpBrains. Dr. Michelon has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and has worked as a Research Scientist at Washington University in Saint Louis, in the Psychology Department. She conducted several research projects to understand how the brain makes use of visual information and memorizes facts.