Pun of the Weak: It’s Logical

Here’s a classic one: Two ladies argue with one another every day from their windows, across an intervening lane. They never agreed, which was to be expected of course, for they argued from different premises! Advertisements

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“Physical Law”

While perusing an old newspaper, specifically St. Cloud Times, May 10, 1946, this amusing short verse by Esther Baldwin York caught my attention: Little boys and cookie jars Gravitate together. Separate them by a shelf It’s a question whether It will be a stool or chair For the best ascent, Or the jar hooked off the […]

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Gleanings from the Past #80

Cynicism and Horror Only a cynic can create horror — for behind every masterpiece of the sort must reside a driving demonic force that despises the human race and its illusions, and longs to pull them to pieces and mock them. — H. P. Lovecraft, letter to Edward Baird dated c. October 1923, quoted in […]

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Mathematicians And Demagogues

Here’s a little wordplay I came up with: There’s nothing special about it though a few people who heard it though that it’s amusing.

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Pun of the Weak: Representing Numbers Without Numbers

Little Johnny somehow finished his education and is now attending a job interview. The interviewer did a background check on Johnny and he concluded that he wouldn’t want to hire him. So, he devised a test which he’s sure that Johnny would fail. “Before we can hire you, you have to pass my test,” the […]

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Of Accounting and Mangement

Here’s something for you to ponder. This was shared to me by my accountant friend: If Account Managers manage to manage accounts, and Management Accountants manage to manage costs, who manages to manageably manage the accounts of Management (besides Management Accountants and Account Managers) when the accounts are unimaginably unmanageable and the accountants just can’t […]

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An Interesting Advertisement for a Printing Press (Which Also Inspired a Parody)

Hoe Double Octuple Newspaper Press — 1903 Model The July 1911 issue of Munsey’s Magazine ran an advertisement for a printing press by R. Hoe & Co., a printing press manufacturer. Instead of writing a usual product spiel, the company opted to turn the ad into a creative writing exercise: I am the printing press, […]

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Random Joke #19: Lucky 5

“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” — W. C. Fields A 55-year-old man, who was born on the fifth of May, has been married for 5 years, has 5 children, makes $55,555.55 annually, whose lucky number is 5 receives a phone call from a friend. The friend […]

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Gleanings from the Past #79

Understanding Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy ready-made things in the shops. But since there are no shops where you can buy friends, men no longer have any friends. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943 What Is a Mirror? Then the cow asked: “What is a mirror?” “It is […]

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Chaos in English Pronunciation and Spelling

Dutch writer, poet, traveler, and teacher Gerard Nolst Trenité (1870 – 1946) wrote a remarkable poem aptly titled “The Chaos”. The poem demonstrates several of the most famous (and infamous) irregularities in English spelling and pronunciation.  Trenité managed to collect about 800 of those irregularities and versified them into this chaotic, albeit amusing poem. “The Chaos” […]

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