Gleanings From The Past #30

The Two Thieves

Two lrishmen were in prison — one for stealing a cow, the other for stealing a watch.

“Mike,” said the cow-stealer, “what o’clock is it?”

“Och, Pat, I haven’t my watch handy, but I think it’s about milking time.”

Emerson Bennett’s Dollar Monthly, March 1860


An old sea captain used to say he didn’t care how he dressed when abroad, “because nobody knew him.” And he didn’t care how he dressed when at home, “because everybody knew him.”

— The Templar’s Magazine, July 1852

Mathematical Analysis

Those skilled in mathematical analysis know that its object is not simply to calculate numbers, but that it is also employed to find the relations between magnitudes which cannot be expressed in numbers and between functions whose law is not capable of algebraic expression.

— Augustin Cournot, Mathematical Theory of the Principles of Wealth, 1897


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is
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13 Responses to Gleanings From The Past #30

  1. inesephoto says:

    Than fashion piece… I think I have read years ago that Einstein had said something similar. So funny 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. emmitsomo says:

    You are such bad people. Sorry, but that goes to show. Unbelievable. >oo<


  3. David says:

    A nice trifecta of irony.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Tammy7711 says:

    Hahaha! I love the first one! “Milking time” lol so funny! 😭😭

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Two Thieves: Their crimes were handy to each.
    Fashion: The Cruiser’s creed.
    Math: Could be analyzed with numbers.
    Great post, Mitch.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. adorable, even if I did not get them. 😉

    You should do a TEDx talk. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. B. says:

    Thank you for sharing this! Still can’t stop laughing!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. ivors20 says:

    I love those Irish jokes

    Liked by 2 people

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