Quotable #79: Poverty

“Poverty, in large cities, has very different appearances. It is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the care of a great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest. They support themselves by temporary expedients, and every day is lost in contriving for to-morrow.” — Samuel Johnson, Rasselas, 1759 […]

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“Mortal Limit”

Robert Penn Warren I saw the hawk ride updraft in the sunset over Wyoming. It rose from coniferous darkness, past gray jags Of mercilessness, past whiteness, into the gloaming Of dream-spectral light above the lazy purity of snow-snags. There–west–were the Tetons. Snow-peaks would soon be In dark profile to break constellations. Beyond what height Hangs […]

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What’s Next: A Pattern Recognition Puzzle

Can you determine the next pattern in this pattern sequence? Solution In every row, the three images depict lines with 0, 1 and 2 intersections. That is, each row must contain an image with 0 intersection, an image with 1 intersection, and an image with 2 intersections. The number of intersections of the images for […]

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Truth in Advertising

I am unable to verify the authenticity of the following story. Nevertheless, it’s quite interesting. When Frank Winfield Woolworth (the founder of F. W. Woolworth Company) first opened his store, a businessman in the area felt threatened. So, he advertised in the local paper. The ad read: DO YOUR LOCAL SHOPPING HERE. WE HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS […]

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Pun of the Weak: Wonky Donkey

Note: The following contains some parts which some readers may consider objectionable or offensive. Reader discretion is advised. Click to Show Content What do you call a donkey with one leg? A wonky donkey What do you call a donkey with one leg and one eye? A winky wonky donkey What do you call a […]

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Strange Subtraction

I took 1 from 19 and I got 20. How was that possible? . . . . Solution (Click to Show) It’s in Roman numeral. So, taking away I (1) from XIX (19) leaves me with XX (20).

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The Sunken City

Image: DeviantArt The following poem is written by German poet Wilhelm Mueller (1794 – 1827) and translated to English by James Clarence Mangan (1803 – 1849): Hark! the faint bells of the sunken city Peal once more their wonted evening chime! From the deep abysses floats a ditty, Wild and wondrous, of the olden time. […]

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Random Joke #18: Drinks?

I saw this on a newsgroup many years ago: At a high-class restaurant… Question: What would you like to have: Fruit juice, Soda, Tea, Chocolate, Milo, or Coffee? Answer: Tea, please. Question: Ceylon tea, Herbal tea, Bush tea, Honey bush tea, Ice tea or green tea? Answer: Ceylon tea. Question: How would you like it? […]

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Peculiar Index Cross-References

The index section of William Hawkins’ Treatise of Pleas of the Crown, a treatise on England’s criminal law published in 1716, contains some quaint and amusing cross-references: Assault, see Son. Chastity, see Homicide. Convicts, see Clergy. Death, see Appeal. King, see Treason. Shop, see Burglary. Sickness, see Bail.  

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