This week's Brain Game: Vote now!

This week's Brain Game: Vote now!


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Every Thursday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Then Young Post readers can choose to eliminate one until we have a winner. The ultimate Brain Game winner will receive a Fujifilm Instax mini 25 instant camera and two packs of Fujifilm instant film worth HK$1,750.

Who do you want to ELIMINATE? Vote below.

This round we asked: What 'back-to-the-land' skills do you wish you had?

Thomas Lee Ka-chun, 16, Sing Yin Secondary School

Have you ever seen a scarecrow? I believe it must be very challenging to set one up.

Imagine if you made one that didn't resemble a human at all. Birds would undoubtedly ignore the scarecrow and devour all the crops. Making a scarecrow look like a man is as basic a skill as ploughing the soil.

Scarecrows are supported by just two pieces of wood. But they have to be strong enough to withstand strong winds. Where they are placed is also a tricky, technical decision, to make them effective yet keep them from blowing over.

Scarecrows, from the way they are decorated to deciding on the place they are installed, are all about skills. And they're transferable skills - for a start, they'd help me do better in visual arts!

Natalie Fung Chi-ying, 14, St Paul’s Co-educational College

Making a fire without matches - it sounds simple yet is in fact really challenging. Of all the "back-to-the-land" skills, setting up a fire without matches is of utmost importance as the fire can help us cook food, the key to life. Who knows, eating raw meat from a wild animal may result in incurable diseases.

Moreover, a fire can provide us with light, which enables us to see clearly and deters beasts in the dark. Smoke from the fire can also send signals to rescuers. In addition, a fire keeps us warm and cosy in pitch-black darkness. Yet not everyone carries matches at all times, so making a fire without matches is a definite must.

Nicholas Chu Weng-lam, 16, Sing Yin Secondary School

When I was a child, I dreamed that I could live off the land. If I lived in the countryside, I would build myself a little cottage with a thatched roof. Every morning, I would let my cattle graze on the lush green meadows. Above all, I'd like to be a beekeeper!

A beekeeper collects honey from beehives. Usually a beekeeper has an army of bees working for him. Every day, swarms of bees fly across the village and look for flowers. After they return home, they turn nectar into honey, then it's harvest time. Gently open the hives and smell the fragrant honey. Yum ... But Ouch! Have to watch out, those bees sting!

Vivian Li Wan-yi, 16, Wa Ying College

Living in a modern city like Hong Kong, it's quite difficult to imagine a "back-to-the-land" life. But if I had to learn one skill, it would be painting special symbols on faces, like many tribes around the world do.

I think it's very interesting; according to a programme on Discovery Channel, tribes still use plants, berries etc to make the "face paint". What's more, these symbols are completely different from what we might think of as "face painting". Every symbol has a different meaning and represents a particular story or emotion. For example, yellow is for mourning and red means war.

Alex Chan, 16, La Salle College

As a frequent camper, my outdoor survival skills are quite impressive. But there's one I have little training in, and that is the ability to find clean water.

When we go camping, we bring bottled water with us. But with the new skill, in the event we run out of water, I could still find that precious liquid for our group. Or if I'm trapped in a situation like British adventurer Bear Grylls finds himself in, I'd have a higher chance of survival because at least I wouldn't go thirsty.


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