## Pleasant Moments of playing the Game of Seven Messages

15-May-2010

In 1964 when I was studying Human Nutrition at Columbia University (CU) in New York, one of my mentors Professor William Henry Sebrell taught me an interesting game. Professor Sebrell (1901-1992) was a pioneer in Vitamin Research and an International Authority on Nutrition and at the time he was the Director of the Institute of Nutritional Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at CU. He used to call the game that I am talking about as the Game of Seven Messages (GSM), and playing the game was one of his hobbies. The professor did not tell me who was the inventor of GSM but he recommended me to play the game if I wanted to know more about people and friends or to get a hint on a special topic.
For me, the game was a big one because I always liked to connect all sorts of thing I was separately interested in: Writing, Poetry, Food and Nutrition, Names, Friends, Stories, Persian Culture, and surely what sort of messages I could get as related to Iran, the Iranian, and the Iranians!

THE ESSENTIAL TOOL OF THE GAME: The GSM is a pleasant little game that will give a person a message linked to the various topics or subjects of interest and to the various names. The main tool of the game is a numerical box designed to spell out the future or some characters of a person through his or her name. In this box, the numbers from 2 to 8 are only used and each number has different letter values. Here is the tool, the numerical box together with the letter values of each number:

4(L)/7(P)/2(L)/8(Y)/2(O)/3(O)/6(S)/7(R)/2(V)/8(O)/3(U)/2(E)/4(O)
5(L)/4(V)/8(U)/3(T)/5(I)/4(E)/8(A)/5(N)/4(D)/5(G)/2(G)/4(O)/6(U)
3(L)/6(C)/8(R)/6(C)/5(E)/4(M)/7(O)/ 8(E)/3(O)/4(I)/8(S)/7(S)/4(N)
8(T)/5(R)/2(A)/3(O)/7(P)/ 3(K)/2(I)/ 7(E)/5(A)/3(I)/2(N)/4(A)/8(E)
6(E)/3(S)/4(T)/6(S)/5(W)/8(A)/6(S)/7(R)/8(D)/2(E)/7(O)/8(Y)/2(D)
4(E)/7(U)/3(B)/5(H)/6(C)/4(S)/ 6(L)/ 3(R)/ 5(I)/6(O)/ 3(I)/6(S)/7(S)
6(E)/7(I)/5(L)/6(B)/3(G)/7(D)/6(Y)/ 7(E)/3(H)/5(E)/3(T)/ 7(A)/7(S)

HOW TO PLAY: The GSM is simple and it is very easy to play. Count the letters in a topic of interest or in a given name. If the number is 6, play 6. If the number is between 6 and 12, subtract 4. If the number is less than 6, add 3. If the number is 13 or between 13 and 19, subtract 11. The result is the key number. Start at the upper left corner of the box and check every key number, from left to right. Then read the message by adding up all the letters that the key number represents.

MESSAGES RELATED TO SOME SELECTED TOPICS: Here are a few examples revealed for some specific subjects of interest:
Iranian: 7 – 4 = 3. Outlook is bright.
Iranians: 8 – 4 = 4. Love dominates.
Food and Nutrition: 16 – 11 = 5. Linger a while.
Persian Culture: 14 – 11 = 3. Outlook is bright.
First Iranians: 13 – 11 = 2. Love gained.
Missing Moments: 14 – 11 = 3. Outlook is bright!

MESSAGES RELATED TO SOME SELECTED NAMES: Here are a few examples revealed for the names of the Webmaster and some contributors to IC (Iranian.com):

Jahanshah Javid: 14 – 11 = 3. Outlook is bright.
Guive Mirfendereski: 18 – 11 =7. Prosperous ideas.
Mohammad Ala: 11 – 4 = 7. Prosperous ideas.
Mahmoud Seraji: 13 – 11 = 2. Love gained.
Ari Siletz: 9 – 4 =5. Linger a while.
Souri: 5 + 3 = 8. You are firm.
Divaneh: 7 – 4 = 3. Outlook is bright.
Multiple Personality: 19 – 11 =8. You are firm.
Red Wine: 7 – 4 = 3. Outlook is bright.
All-Iranians: 11 – 4 = 7. Prosperous ideas.
Shazde Asdola Mirza: 17 - 11 = 6. Success close by.
Ali P: 4 + 3 =7. Prosperous ideas.
Darius Kadivar: 13 – 11 = 2. Love gained.
Mahvash Shahegh: 14 – 11 = 3. Outlook is bright.
Anahid Hojjati: 13 – 11 = 2. Love gained.
Fred: 4 + 3 = 7. Prosperous ideas.
SamSamIIII: 10 – 4 = 6. Success close by.
Keyvan Tabari: 12 – 4 = 8. You are firm.
Manoucher Avaznia: 16 - 11 = 5. Linger a while.
Ladan Farhangi: 13 – 11 = 2. Love gained.
Peter Pan: 8 – 4 = 4. Love dominates.
Homan Mohabadi: 13 – 11 = 2. Love gained.
Masoud Kazemzadeh: 16 – 11 =5. Linger a while.
Rad Lanjani: 10 – 4 = 6. Success close by.
Nazi Kaviani: 11 – 4 = 7. Prosperous ideas.
Mina Dadvar: 10 – 4 = 6. Success close by.
Abarmard: 8 – 4 = 4. Love dominates.
Monda: 5 + 3 =8. You are firm.
Irandokht: 9 – 4 =5. Linger a while.
Baharan: 7 – 4 = 3. Outlook is bright.
Sag Koochooloo: 13 – 11 = 2. Love gained.
Humanbeing: 10 – 4 = 6. Success close by.
Jamshid: 7 – 4 = 3. Outlook is bright.
Farah Rusta: 10 – 4 = 6. Success close by.
Benross: 7 – 4 = 3. Outlook is bright.
Maryam Hojjat: 12 – 4 = 8. You are firm.
Baharan: 7 – 4 = 3. Outlook is bright.
Maziar 58: 8– 4 = 4.Love dominates.
Goltermeh: 9 – 4 = 5. Linger a while.
Yolanda: 7 – 4 = 3. Outlook is bright.
Orang Gholikhani: 15 – 11 = 4. Love dominates.
Mehrban: 7 – 4 = 3. Outlook is bright.
Ali Mostofi: 10 – 4 = 6. Success close by.
Sheema Kalbasi: 13 – 11 = 2. Love gained.
Shifteh Ansari: 13 – 11 = 2. Love gained.
Niloufar Parsi: 13 – 11 = 2. Love gained.
Ghormeh Sabzi: 11 – 4 = 7. Prosperous ideas.
Sargord Pirouz: 13 – 11 = 2. Love gained.
Tapesh: 6. Success close by.
Mardom Mazloom: 13 – 11 = 2. Love gained.
Vildemose: 9 – 4 = 5. Linger a while.
Capt_ayhab: 9 – 4 = 5. Linger a while.
Noosh Afarin: 11 – 4 = 7. Prosperous ideas.
Saadat Noury: 11 – 4 = 7. Prosperous ideas!

EPILOGUES
1. Though the Game of Seven Messages may be always played as a spare-time recreational pursuit, it has some limitations: The total number of letters appeared in a name or a subject must not exceed 19. Besides, the game delivers only 7 distinct messages. Regardless of these limitations, there is a positive attitude and the messages received are always pleasant, joyful, and creative: Nobody gets upset, nothing is hurt, and nothing is lost.
2. Of course there are many other contributors to IC whose names have not been included here. If any one of your favorites has been left out, please go to the comment section and add them to the list.  Thanks

REFERENCES
Lambert, B. (1992): Online Article on “Dr W Henry Sebrell, 91, Expert on Nutrition and Use of Vitamins”, the New York Times, (September 30, 1992).
Saadat Noury, M. (2009): Online Articles on Missing Moments.
Various Sources (2010): Notes on Games and Puzzles.
Website of Iranian.com (2010): Names of the Contributors to IC.

### Dear Ostaad Nouri, I agree.

by Anahid Hojjati on

Yes, Ostaad, mutual is the best. But when it is not mutual it is better for poetry since if both are in love and everything is good, there is less to write poetry about :).

### Dear Ms Anahid Hojjati

Thank you for your kind comment. It seems that the best positive message may be: MUTUAL!

### Dear Monda

Thank you for your nice words and interesting comment.

by Anahid Hojjati on

Ostaad, Love Gained. What does this exactly mean? That I love someone or someone loves me or is it mutual?

by Monda on

... for your time with my name. My name implies a firm position, however I tend to be as flexible as I can, any chance I get.  And I'm firm there :o)

### Dear Goltermeh

Thank you for your kind comments. You got a very interesting interpretation of the message.

### Thank you Dr Saadat Noury

by goltermeh on

for sharing the info on the game.

### Linger a while

by goltermeh on

Correct! I am in no rush to make my decision. I want to evaluate all possiblities to the best of my capabilities.

### Success close by

Yes, it's quite right. Every morning I wake up with the notion of success close by.

### On the occasion of World Ferdowsi Day

In May 2006, the UNESCO designated May 15 as the World Ferdowsi Day. Congratulations and Happy World Ferdowsi Day.

Ferdowsi Toosi: 13 - 11 =2. Love gained.

Very true.

### My thanks go

to Shazde Asdola Mirza, All-Iranians, Red Wine, Ladan Farhangi, Humanbeing, Yolanda, and Mardom Mazloom for their sweet words and comments.

### My Favorites to be added

by Baharan on

Bajenaghe Naghi: 14 – 11 = 3. Outlook is bright.

### Amazing Game

by Baharan on

Thank you for sharing.

### Outlook is Bright

by Baharan on

I totally agree with the message. I have a positive outlook on life and have been lucky enough to build a comfortable life for myself.

one of my favorites:

Ali Ohadi: 8 – 4 = 4. Love dominates.

It is a very interesting game; thank you.

### Love Gained

It's true.

by Mardom Mazloom on

I have the same number than Sargord IRI! Migam man Mazloomam!!

I was just kidding :) In real life my number is 10, thank you for the game it was fun and perhaps it had been invented by the Chinese, as it has an happy end?

### ....

by yolanda on

Thank you so much.....glad to hear my outlook is bright! Yeah!
Please take good care of yourself!

### success close by

by humanbeing on

thanks! i like the openendedness of it.

### A very pleasant game

Thanks for the post.

### Love gained

I agree 100 per cent. When singer Summer Ames was asked IS IT EASIER TO WRITE ABOUT LOVE LOST OR LOVE GAINED? she said that, "In my opinion, how you love depends on how you view life, and I try to always make my glass half-full. Love will always be a battle. If it were perfect, there would never be compassion".

### Outlook is bright

by Red Wine on

Very intresting,Thank you Manoochehr jan .

### Dr Jan

by All-Iranians on

Thank you for sharing.

### Wonderful Game

by All-Iranians on

All-Iranians and prosperous ideas? Unbelievable. However, there is an old saying that, "What prosperous ideas and information we plant in our conscious mind, is what will grow in our environment to produce a reality of life for us!".

### Dr jan, be careful - with statements like "you are firm"

by Shazde Asdola Mirza on

sexual harrassment suit could be "close by" ;-)

PS: sorry, but a fun variation of this game, or any message thingy, is to add "in bed" to the end of message. Works for me every time with chinese fortune cookies!