The Sixth Power Problem

Only using digits 0 to 9 (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) once, can you form three numbers a, b and so that the sixth power of is equal to the sum of and b? Continue reading

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Eight Degrees Of Drunkenness

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  1. The Ape-drunk, who leaps and sings and hollers
  2. The Lion-drunk, who is quarrelsome and rude
  3. The Swine-drunk, who is sleepy and lumpish
  4. The Sheep-drunk, wise in his own conceit, but unable to speak
  5. The Maudlin-drunk, who declares he loves all mankind
  6. The Martin-drunk, who drinks himself sober again
  7. The Goat-drunk, who is lascivious
  8. The Fox-drunk, who is crafty, like the Dutch, who bargain when drunk

– Thomas Nash, 1592, Quoted from Tavern Anecdotes and Sayings, 1875

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Gleanings From The Past #4

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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 that see a boy run through the street with a streaked flannel shirt, all checked, checked, checkered, checked; and our gals won’t lie, for mother has whipped them a thousand times for lying.”

The New York Mirror: A Weekly Gazette of Literature and the Fine Arts, Vol. 17, 1839 Continue reading

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Can You Say This Vowelless Tounge Twister?

There is a Czech tongue twister “Strč prst skrz krk” (meaning  “stick your finger through your throat”) which doesn’t contain any vowel. It’s difficult to pronounce this sentence, especially for foreigners. So it’s used as a challenge for those learning Czech as a foreign language if they can pronounce it.

Someone told me that this sentence is even used by the Czechs as a test of sobriety. Continue reading

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Random Joke #3: Theory Vs. Reality

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During a math class…

Teacher: John, if a gallon of fuel oil cost $3 and you paid your distributor $600, how many gallons of oil will be delivered to you?

John: Maybe around 190 gallons.

Teacher: No, that’s not the correct answer.

John: I know that it’s not right, but that’s the way it is…

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Six “Mary Had A Little Lamb” Lipograms

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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 Vincent Wright is a 1939 novel in which no word contains the letter “e”.

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A. Ross Eckler Jr. has made six versions of the popular nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb, omitting first the letter S, then H, A, I and I. In the final one, only the letters, A, C, D, E, H, I, L, M, N, P, R, S, and T are used.

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Pun Of The Weak: Speech

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Bulldozer – someone who sleeps during a political speech.

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