Gleanings From The Past #40



Two lawyers, when a knotty case was o’er,
Shook hands, and were as good friends as before.
“Zounds!” says the losing client, “how came you
To be such good friends, who were such foes just now?”
“Thou fool,” says one, ” we lawyers, though so keen.
Like shears, ne’er cut ourselves, but—what’s between.”

— The Lancaster Law Review, Vol. 16, 1899

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A Contrived Math In Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark


In Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, the Butcher wanted to convince the Beaver that two plus one is equal to three, and he did it the “easy” way:

Taking Three as the subject to reason about —
A convenient number to state —
We add Seven, and Ten, and then multiply out
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Quotable #40: Tools

Henry David Thoreau

“Men have become the tools of their tools.” — Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

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4 Sleep Myths That May Be Hurting Your Sleep


This is a guest post by Sarah Cummings

As children, we were lead to believe that bedtime stories were A Good Thing. Which, more often than not, they were. They led us into some wonderful dreamscapes, filled with princesses, talking animals, and rainbow-colored streets. The better the story, the sounder the sleep.

Of course, sometimes an over-zealous parent’s tale might lead to us having nightmares; those witches or monsters might break out of the story and into our slumberland. So sometimes a bedtime story could have its pitfalls!

Sleep-related myths have a dark side, too. Because there are a whole host of new ‘bedtime stories’ that affect our adult lives, making our sleep cycles run less smoothly than they should.

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Pun Of The Weak: School Of Hard Knocks


School of Hard Knocks — A place where door-to-door salesmen and other types of people you don’t want knocking on your door are trained.

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The Curious Collatz Conjecture


Select any whole number greater than zero then perform the following operation:

If the number is even, divide it by 2.

If the number is odd, multiply it by 3 and add 1.

It’s said that if you continue to repeatedly apply the process, you’d always end up at 1. This is the premise of the Collatz conjecture, also known as the 3x + 1 Problem. The conjecture was named after German mathematician Lothar Collatz, who first suggested it in 1937.

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The ABCs Of War


“The Harvest of Battle” by Christopher R. W. Nevinson, 1919

An Austrian Archduke, assaulted and assailed,
Broke Belgium’s barriers, by Britain bewailed,
Causing consternation, confused chaotic crises;
Diffusing destructive, death-dealing devices.
England engaged earnestly, eager every ear,
France fought furiously, forsaking foolish fear,
Great German garrisons grappled Gallic guard,
Hohenzollern Hussars hammered, heavy, hard. Continue reading

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