Pun of the Weak: A Few Pebbles of Wisdom

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.” — George Carlin, Doin’ It Again, 1990 “There are four dimensions to most things we buy these days: length, width, height, and debt.” — Anon., The Fifth Wheel, Vol. 33, January 1977 “There’s nothing wrong with being shallow as long […]

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Gleanings from the Past #70

Plural of Égal Gustav Masson, the late genial French Master of Harrow School, once told me that he asked one of his class one day the following question: “What is the plural of égal?” The boy addressed looked mischievously at his tutor — whose good nature every Harrow boy could depend on — and with […]

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Random Joke #14: Prime Numbers

Several non-mathematicians were asked to identify all the prime numbers between 1 to 100. Psychologist: 2 is prime, 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime and 9 is prime as well though it tries to suppress it. Philosopher: I don’t really know the answer to that, but I’m glad that we can have […]

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A Secured House

Image: “Modern bust of Catullus on the Piazza Carducci in Sirmione”, Wikimedia The following epigram illustrates an amusing play on words. It was written by Gaius Valerius Catullus (c. 84 BC – c. 54 BC), a Roman poet during the late Roman Republic, and was translated by Theodore Martin from Latin in The Poems of Catullus, 1861. […]

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Pun of the Weak: Cookbook

“The cookbook is being compiled. Please submit your favourite recipe and a short antidote concerning it.” — Richard Lederer  

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Gleanings from the Past #69

Returning Home In May last, Mr. Goring, of Staines, lost a valuable horse, for which he made the most diligent inquiry, but without effect. Last week, however, a gentleman driving through Staines in a gig, the horse made a sudden stop at Mr. Goring’s house, from which nothing could induce him to move The circumstance […]

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The Book That has it All

One Sunday morning, Mark Twain was listening to a preacher who was giving a dramatic and well thought out sermon. Twain recognized the skill of the preacher though he was bothered by the preacher’s supercilious attitude. So, he decided to take the preacher down a few pegs. As you may be aware, Twain was an […]

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Quotable #69: Luggage

“Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?” — Erma Bombeck “I went to the airport. I had three pieces of luggage. I said that I want this piece to go to Cleveland, this piece to Toronto and this piece to Florida. The airline agent said, ‘We […]

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Pun of the Weak: Camera

“Someone handed me a picture and said, ‘This is a picture of me when I was younger.’ Every picture of you is when you were younger. ‘Here’s a picture of me when I’m older.’ Where’d you get that camera, man?” — Mitch Hedberg

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