What Color Is the Dragon?

Credit: Antonio J. Manzanedo Two knights encounter a dragon, who quickly responds, “I am protected by the king’s decree.” Gray rational dragons and red predator dragons always tell the truth; red rational dragons and gray predator dragons always lie. What color is the dragon? Solution This is a puzzle from Norman D. Willis’ Challenging False […]

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Quotable #90: Silence

“Be silent or let thy words be worth more than silence.” — Attributed to Pythagoras Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, Only a look and a […]

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“The Arrow and the Song”

I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For who has sight so keen and strong, That it can […]

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“Inspiring” Quotes from a Bot

We have all seen those inspirational quotes printed on posters (or photos, if you are a social media person) that talk about conquering challenges, achieving impossible dreams or learning from failures. They are usually backdropped by powerful imageries of nature, such as sunrise or stars. You may cringe or feel inspired by them depending on […]

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Mark Twain’s Plan to Make a Bestseller

When Mark Twain published The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in 1876, a Canadian publisher pirated it which negatively affected its sales in the US and overseas. The bootlegged edition of the books proved to be more popular due to th8eir cheap price. Twain learned from this so he wanted to make sure that this wouldn’t […]

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Some Weird Acronyms

While most acronyms are just plain and forgettable, there are some acronyms that are just weird. Here are some examples: ABITHAD: Another Blithering Idiot Thinks He’s A Doctor (I saw this one on a medical journal.) ACRONYM: A Criminal Regiment Of Nasty Young Men (From Futurama.) IMHO: Inevitably My Hardware’s Obsolete (This is an IT slang.) GHOST: Graffiti […]

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The Wine Merchant’s Will

A wine merchant left 24 casks of wine to his three sons, and the casks were in the following conditions: 5 casks were full. 11 casks were half-full. 8 casks were empty. His last will said that each son must be bequeathed with the same amount of wine and the same number of casks. To […]

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Memory and Forgetfulness

Themistocles, when Simonides said that he would teach him mnemonics, or the art of improving one’s memory, replied that he would rather learn the art of forgetfulness: Memory, and thou, Forgetfulness, all hail! Each in her province greatly may avail. Memory, of all things good remind us still: Forgetfulness, obliterate all that’s ill. This was […]

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Gleanings from the Past #89

Default The credit department of the Hudson’s Bay Co. received this letter from a Canadian farmer: “I got your letter about what I owe. Now be pachant. I ain’t forgot you. When I have the money I will pay you. If this was the Judgment Day and you was no more prepared to meet your […]

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