Isn’t It Strange?

On one occasion, a young man approached John Wilkes (1725-1797) and remarked, “Isn’t it strange that I was born on the first of January?” He said it as if it was some sort of grand occurrence.

“Not strange at all,” Wilkes replied. “You could only have been conceived on the first of April.”


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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14 Responses to Isn’t It Strange?

  1. lindasschaub says:

    Talk about a snappy comeback!


  2. Siobhán says:

    That’s a good one alright, know a few of them myself🙄


  3. Frances D says:

    A must pass on – thank you!


  4. Good one 👍🏼


  5. rishhuu says:



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