Learn Fun Facts’ Blog Party: Share Your Blog Here (March 2018)


It’s time again for another blog party. Last time, I said that this would be a monthly thing, but I decided to host this once every two months instead.

Growing a blog isn’t simple. It takes time, patience, and dedication before others would begin to notice your blog. While I can’t offer you a magic formula that would increase your blog’s popularity overnight, I can at least help you to promote your blog and find new readers.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Share a link to your blog (or blog post) that you want to promote in the comments section. To attract more attention, you may include a short and creative description of your blog.


  • You may comment multiple times. For example, after you promoted your blog, you can post another comment which promotes a blog post.
  • Avoid including too many links (not more than two) on the same comments since the spam filter may treat it as a spam.
  • If you want, you can also promote another blogger’s blog here.
  • Include http:// (or https://) in your link to make it active. The easiest way to do this is to go to your site using a browser and copy the link in the address bar.
  • Visit the blogs of the other bloggers who comment here. This is a great opportunity for you to interact with other bloggers. Who knows, you might find some blogs that you like.
  • Consider reblogging and sharing this post so that more people would know about it.
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Pun Of The Weak: Some Science Stuff


Biology — The science where multiplication and division have the same meaning.

Chemistry — The science of interaction between people.

Physics — A science that matters.

Statistics — Where the truth lies.

Astronomy — A science above your head.

Bonus: Archeologist — Someone whose career lies in ruins — Anon. (read it in a newspaper before.)


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An Impromptu Verse By Theodore Hook


English writer Theodore Hook (1788-1841) was notorious for his propensity for practical jokes. Aside from that, he liked to come up with humorous rhymes on the spot and recite them to everyone present. One time, while conversing with other guests during a party, someone informed Hook that a tax collector named Mr. Winter had arrived there to collect the taxes. Without missing a beat, he said the following:

Here comes Mr. Winter, collector of taxes,
I advise you to pay him whatever he axes;
I advise you to give it without any flummery,
Though for his name’s Winter, his actions are summary.


The Dollar Magazine, Vol. 1, July 1841

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A Vision Of Today’s Advertisements A Hundred Years Ago


The following extract is from A Hundred Years Hence (1906) by T. Baron Russell. It describes the author’s idealistic prediction about the future of advertising:

Advertising will in the future world become gradually more and more intelligent in tone. It will seek to influence demand by argument instead of clamour, a tendency already more apparent every year. Cheap attention-calling tricks and clap-trap will be wholly replaced, as they are already being greatly replaced, by serious exposition; and advertisements, instead of being mere repetitions of stale catch-words, will be made interesting and informative, so that they will be welcomed instead of being shunned; and it will be just as suicidal for a manufacturer to publish silly or fallacious claims to notoriety as for a shopkeeper of the present day to seek custom by telling lies to his customers.

So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments section.

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Gleanings From The Past #44



A young gentleman on the point of being married, is desirous of meeting a man of experience who will dissuade him from such a step.

— Advertisement publised in the London Times, 1890, cited in The Golden Book Magazine, Vol. 21, 1935 Continue reading

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Grandpa’s Magic Square Puzzle

When I was a boy, my grandfather used to give me puzzles for me to solve. The following puzzle is one of them.

A magic square is an arrangement of numbers from 1 to n2 in an n2 matrix in which each number should only occur once. Every row, column, and diagonal of a magic square have the same sum called the magic sum. The most popular magic square is the 3 × 3 magic square, also known as the Lo Shu Square:

order-3 magic square

It contains the numbers 1 to 9 and each row, column and diagonal of this magic square has a magic sum of 15.

While there are systematic methods for solving magic squares, you don’t need to know anything about them to solve this particular magic square as it can be solved by trial and error.

Now, here’s the puzzle my grandfather challenged me to solve:

When solving a regular 3 × 3 magic square, you would find that the number 8 must be in one of the corners of the magic square. The challenge is this: Can you create a magic square wherein the number 8 is on the top center (same confitions for constructing a 3 × 3 magic square apply) as shown:

magic square 8 is on top center

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A Ghostwriter Who Hired A Ghostwriter


Nowadays, the demand for ghostwriters is on the rise. Some people like to use their services to write for their blogs and social media accouts to lessen their burden while others even hire them to write a book for them. Nonetheless, ghostwriting has been around for centuries, in one form or another. There are historians who surmised that a number of well-known writers in the past had employed ghostwriters to help them finish their works.

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