Category Archives: Oddities

A Secret Love Letter

The following letter was written by a young gentleman to his lover under the direction and eye of his father. The understanding, however, between the lovers, was, that she should read every other line, beginning with the first. Every party was … Continue reading

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Naming Book Titles After Just Hearing The First Lines

A few years ago, I met someone who said that he would be able to know the title of a popular book by only reading the first line or two of the book to him. I decided to test his … Continue reading

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This Is Not A Joque

Guy Hardy (1872-1947), a former Representative of Colorado, had an old newspaper clipping in his possession about the woes of a newspaper printer. Apparently, the letter “F” and “K” were missing in the supply of type. So, the printer of Rocky … Continue reading

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Large Factor Tables And A Bizarre Application Of Mathematics To Warfare

Since Euclid prove that there is an infinite number of primes more than two millennia ago, a large number of mathematicians have been devising methods for finding large primes. Many have wasted obscene amounts of time in their search. Despite the development … Continue reading

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A Poetic Superscription

In 1761, the Post Office in London received the following letter with an interesting superscription: About this time, twelve months ago, I sent a letter to Mr. Crow, — He lived then, when he does still: But leave this with, … Continue reading

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Rumors Of Deaths In Almanacs

Malicious posts about the death of somebody who is still alive constantly appear on the web these days. However, this is not a new phenomenon. Years before the advent of the Internet, people have been using almanacs and periodicals as media … Continue reading

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Not Fond Of Railways

The following is a canal stockholder’s argument in opposition to railways. This is from the July 24, 1830, issue of Western Sun [Vincennes, Ind.], quoted in American Spirit, Volume 1: To 1877 by Thomas Andrew Bailey and David M. Kennedy (1998):

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