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Gleanings From the Past #43

Appearance The deepest knowledge will not always command respect, without some attention to personal appearance. Hermannus Buschius, a celebrated teacher of languages in the sixteenth century, was bitterly irritated at finding that the very persons who had neglected to salute … Continue reading

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A Description Of Bad Handwriting

Image: 9gag The following is from a letter of John Twedell to Dr. Samuel Parr written in November 1792. Tweddell expressed his irritation regarding the penmanship of Dr. Parr’s assistant:

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Gleanings From The Past #38

Irish Speak An Irishman, being ask’d if he understood French? Reply’d, “Yes, Joy, I understand French perfectly well, provided it’s spoken in Irish.” — Xavier Méfret, French and English Self-taught, 1882

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Gleanings From The Past #37

Published A disappointed literary aspirant, weary of having his articles declined with thanks, and doubtful of his critics’ infallibility, copied out ‘Samson Agonistes,’ which he rechristened ‘Like a Giant Refreshed,’ and the manuscript, as an original work of his own, … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #32

An Excellent Dog One of the carriers of a New York paper, called the Advocate, having become indisposed, his son took his place; but not knowing the subscribers he was to supply, he took for his guide a dog which … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #16

Taxing Air Voltaire related to Mr. Sherlock an anecdote of Swift. Lady Carteret, wife of the lord lieutenant, said to Swift, “The air of Ireland is very excellent and healthy.” “Madam,” said Swift, “don’t say so in England; for if … Continue reading

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Darts As A Game Of Skill

Anyone who has played darts may know that it requires a high level of skill to get good scores consistently. If one is still not convinced that the game of darts does not involve skill, then watching a darts tournament … Continue reading

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