Pun of the Weak: Representing Numbers Without Numbers

Little Johnny somehow finished his education and is now attending a job interview. The interviewer did a background check on Johnny and he concluded that he wouldn’t want to hire him. So, he devised a test which he’s sure that Johnny would fail. “Before we can hire you, you have to pass my test,” the […]

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Of Accounting and Mangement

Here’s something for you to ponder. This was shared to me by my accountant friend: If Account Managers manage to manage accounts, and Management Accountants manage to manage costs, who manages to manageably manage the accounts of Management (besides Management Accountants and Account Managers) when the accounts are unimaginably unmanageable and the accountants just can’t […]

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An Interesting Advertisement for a Printing Press (Which Also Inspired a Parody)

Hoe Double Octuple Newspaper Press — 1903 Model The July 1911 issue of Munsey’s Magazine ran an advertisement for a printing press by R. Hoe & Co., a printing press manufacturer. Instead of writing a usual product spiel, the company opted to turn the ad into a creative writing exercise: I am the printing press, […]

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Random Joke #19: Lucky 5

“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” — W. C. Fields A 55-year-old man, who was born on the fifth of May, has been married for 5 years, has 5 children, makes $55,555.55 annually, whose lucky number is 5 receives a phone call from a friend. The friend […]

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Less Is More: A Poetic Paradox

Image: NASA In his Paradoxes in Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics (1986), Gábor J. Székely shared a paradox learned from his professor, Alfréd Rényi: Since I started to deal with information theory I have often meditated upon the conciseness of poems; how can a single line of verse contain far more ‘information’ than a highly […]

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The Square Root of Passion

In the novel City of Angels (1975), Steve Shagan wrote, “But you can’t make arithmetic out of passion. Passion has no square root.” However, puzzlist Alan Wayne countered, “On the contrary, one can show that the alphametic has a unique solution.” Was Wayne correct? Can you find the unique solution in base 10? That is, […]

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Gleanings from the Past #79

Understanding Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy ready-made things in the shops. But since there are no shops where you can buy friends, men no longer have any friends. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943 What Is a Mirror? Then the cow asked: “What is a mirror?” “It is […]

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Your Dog Can Smell Your Emotions. “Uhh What?”

This is a guest post by Aleksandar Šarčević. They never cease to amaze us. Stories about unexplainable behavior of different breeds have spread to every part of the globe for different reasons. They are the first animals to be domesticated by man and to this day no other living creature have shown such unconditional love […]

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Chaos in English Pronunciation and Spelling

Dutch writer, poet, traveler, and teacher Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870 – 1946) wrote a remarkable poem aptly titled “The Chaos”. The poem demonstrates several of the most famous (and infamous) irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation.  Trenité managed to collect about 800 of those irregularities and versified them into this chaotic, albeit amusing poem. “The Chaos” […]

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