A Mathematical Proposal

There is a quaint story in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 15th Series (1969) about a man who used mathematical terms to propose. Robert Greer, a mathematics teacher at the Mount School in York, England, made the following proposal to a girl named Anne in 1880: If R = 1/2 and A = 1/2, Then R + […]

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Rhyming Is Tough

As a farmer was going to plough, He met a man driving a cough; They had words which led to a rough, And the farmer was struck on his brough. One day when the weather was rough, An old lady went for some snough, Which she thoughtlessly placed in her mough, And it got scattered, […]

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Japanese Rice Paddy Art

The village of Inakadate in Japan boasts an unusual art called rice paddy art or tambo āto in Japanese. Villagers use various types of rice as their color palletes to produce colorful images in their rice fields. The images are inspired by Japanese culture and folklore. It takes three months to finish every single image […]

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Gleanings from the Past #74

A Broken Leg and Some Books (1874) H. G. Wells My leg was broken for me when I was between seven and eight. Probably I am alive to-day and writing this autobiography instead of being a worn-out, dismissed and already dead shop assistant, because my leg was broken. The agent of good fortune was “young […]

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A Letter Sequence Puzzle

Aside from letter E, is there another which letter could follow this sequence? Solution (Click to Show) F. Write it on top of the line to form the letter E. This question was asked by our third-grade English teacher. Three of us, including me, figured out the answer almost at the same time after half […]

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A Welsh Verse Which Only Consists of Vowels

The following short Welsh verse on the silkworm only contains vowels. Note that there are seven vowels in Welsh, namely, a, e, i, o, u, w, and y: O’i wiw ŵy i weu ê â a’i weuau O’i ŵyau e weua; E’ weua ei ŵe aia’. Ai weuau yw ieuau iâ. It can be translated […]

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A Short Story with All Words Beginning with the Letter W

The following 440-word short story consists entirely of words beginning with the letter W. It contains only 18 hyphenated words. This anonymously-written story first appeared in the November 18, 1876, issue of the Waikato Times: “Warm weather, Walter! Welcome warm weather! We were wishing winter would wane, weren’t we?” “We were well wearied with waiting,” […]

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Quotable #74: Collecting

“Is this not the collector’s exquisite pleasure, that his desire should know no bounds, should reach out into the infinite, should never know full possession which disappoints by its very completeness. O what joy to be able to postpone the fulfillment of desire to infinity!” — Georges Rodenbach, The Bells of Bruges, 1897 “Sometimes, looking […]

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An Easier Match Puzzle

The above illustration depicts an invalid Roman numerals equation (the left side is 6 and the right side is 2) using seven matches. Find a way to correct this equation by only moving one match. You cannot shift the position of the other matches. Solution (Click to Show) As is equal to 1, the equation […]

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Random Joke #15: Stock Price

CEO: Somebody is slowly buying us out! Find a way to make our stock price up so it would be too costly for them. I don’t care about your method as long as you accomplish it. PR Officer: All right. After some time, the company’s stock price did increase… CEO: How did you do it? […]

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