Category Archives: Miscellanea

Gleanings From The Past #5

Common Sense We teach the children Danish, trigonometry, and Spanish; fill their heads with modern notions, and the secrets of the oceans, and the hieroglyph inscriptions from the land of the Egyptians; learn the date of every battle, know the … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #4

A Convoluted Testimony A witness being called to give evidence in a court of Connecticut, respecting the loss of a shirt, gave the following—”Mother said, that Ruth said, that Nell said that Paul told her, that she see a man … Continue reading

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Six “Mary Had A Little Lamb” Lipograms

A lipogram is a form of constrained writing composed of words wherein a letter or a group of letters of the alphabet is avoided. Usually, the letter “e”, the most common letter in the English language is omitted. For example, Gadsby by Ernest … Continue reading

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Pun Of The Weak: Speech

Bulldozer – someone who sleeps during a political speech.

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Scientists Cite Unread Papers

Isaac Newton stated that “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. Scientific breakthroughs are built on previous discoveries. So it’s not surprising that most scientific papers contain a large number of references. … Continue reading

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For Want Of A Dog, Everything Was Lost

On 17 August 2001, a man named Jamie Ferrucci, 25, of East Haven, Connecticut was arrested for ramming his car through a dog compound gate with his car to free his husky named Rocky. Due to repeated complaints from the neighbors … Continue reading

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Theory Versus Practice

“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.” – Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut “The people heard it, and approved the doctrine, and immediately practiced the contrary.” – Benjamin Franklin, The Way to … Continue reading

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