“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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Where Ignorance Is Bliss

In the early days of automobiles, no one drove their cars during the winter because of the unreliability of  the machines. It was normal for car engines to stop working at low temperature. Moreover, the lack of roads was also an issue. So, cars were put up on jacks, and dealers shut down their businesses […]

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A Short Letter to the Editor

On November 22, 1950, The Providence Journal, a daily newspaper serving Providence, Rhode Island, may have printed the shortest letter on its Letters to the Editor column ever. The letter was introduced with, “The following letter is printed in its entirety.” Here’s the letter: Editor: I am so damn mad I forgot what I was […]

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An Ingenious Marble Adding Machine

From time to time, I would find something truly remarkable on the web and the following is a good example: Matthias Wandel was able to contruct a wooden adding machine that adds binary numbers. However, the most curious thing about it is that it is operated by marbles. Just watch the video to see its […]

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Quotable #89: Abstraction

“What, then, is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms – in short, a sum of human relations, which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical, and obligatory to a people: truths are illusions about which one has forgotten that this is what […]

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