Category Archives: Anecdotes

When Frank Nelson Cole Factored A Large Number During A “Lecture”

For around 200 years, several mathematicians had surmised that the Mersenne number 267 – 1 may be prime. However, French mathematician Édouard Lucas proved in 1876 that 267 – 1 can be factored and hence, not a prime. However, he was … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #16

Taxing Air Voltaire related to Mr. Sherlock an anecdote of Swift. Lady Carteret, wife of the lord lieutenant, said to Swift, “The air of Ireland is very excellent and healthy.” “Madam,” said Swift, “don’t say so in England; for if … Continue reading

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An I For An Eye: Napoleon’s Palindrome

“Able was I ere I saw Elba” is a famous palindrome attributed to Napoleon Bonapart. However, there is no concrete evidence that Napoleon himself created this palindrome. The Quote Investigator argued that Napoleon didn’t make this palindrome since it first … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #12

Happiness The ones who seek their happiness By buying cars and clothes and rings, Don’t seem to know that empty lives Are just as empty filled with things. — Bullet [Fredericksburg, Virginia], May 1, 1936 Mind Your Punctuation ‘Mind your stops’ is … Continue reading

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