Pun Of The Weak: Misers


“Misers sit and let the rest of the world go buy.” — From a graffiti I saw several years ago in Suffolk, England.

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5 Things Which You Must Look For In a Home Tutor

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This is a guest post by Robert Wilson.

Are you considering the possibility of hiring a home tutor to help your child cope with the pressures and demands of an increasingly competitive academic environment? Before you read through our list of the top five things you should look for in a home tutor, here are some questions you should answer for yourself:

  • What are my child’s specific academic weaknesses?
  • What exactly should the home tutor work on improving? (E.g. motivation to learn, mastering a specific subject, examination scores, etc.)
  • What kind of personality best complements my child’s learning style?
  • What is my budget for these home tutoring sessions?
  • Once you have the answers to these questions, you will be better positioned to evaluate the suitability of potential home tutors. At this stage, you should look closely at the following five factors:

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A Riddle From Isaac Newton?


Horace Walpole (1717-1797) sent the following riddle to Lady Ossory, claiming that it was composed by physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton:

Four people sat down at a table to play;
They play’d all that night, and some part of next day;
This one thing observ’d, that when all were seated,
Nobody play’d with them, and nobody betted;
Yet, when they got up, each was winner a guinea;
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Another Poem With A Hidden Acrostic

In the September 29, 1888, edition of Weekly Wisconsin, the following strange enigma appeared, composed by an anonymous writer named “Maude”:

Perhaps the solvers are inclined to hiss,
Curling their nose up at a con* like this.
Like some much abler posers I would try
A rare, uncommon puzzle to supply.
A curious acrostic here you see
Rough hewn and inartistic tho’ it be;
Still it is well to have it understood,
I could not make it plainer, if I would.

* contribution

Apparently, there is a hidden acrostic in this riddle. Your task is to find it.

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Gleanings From The Past #48


We Regret the Error

Yet worse was the condition of the editor who, having in a touching obituary notice of a soldier described the deceased as a ‘battle-scarred veteran,’ was driven frantic to find in the morning that the types had made him write of a ‘battle-scared veteran.’ The next day he published the following apology for the blunder: ‘The editor was deeply grieved to find that through an unfortunate typographical error he was made to describe the late gallant Major H. as a “battle-scared veteran.” He tenders his sincerest apologies for the mistake to the friends and relatives of the deceased; but to every reader of this journal acquainted with the feats of the major, it must have been apparent that what the editor wrote was bottle-scarred veteran.’

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A Tombstone Reference

In New Orleans’ Metairie Cemetery, there’s a tombstone with a strange inscription. It wasn’t a witty verse or even an inspirational quote. Instead, it only contained this odd line, “See Louisiana Reports, 1905, Page 39.” The tomb belongs to a lady who was lost at sea, but the Louisiana Supreme Court instructed her will executors to build the tomb regardless.

Her executors vehemently objected but the Supreme Court overruled their objection. So, in the end, they had no choice but to follow the court ruling. Nonetheless, the executors had the last word as they had the grave marked in such a way to show exactly why it was erected.


The Des Moines Register, January 24, 1954

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Quotable #48: Prophesy


“Our present addiction to pollsters and forecasters is a symptom of our chronic uncertainty about the future. Even when the forecasts prove wrong, we still go on asking for them. We watch our experts read the entrails of statistical tables and graphs the way the ancients watched their soothsayers read the entrails of a chicken.” — Eric Hoffer, cited in Between the Devil and the Dragon: The Best Essays and Aphorisms of Eric Hoffer, 1982

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