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A Mysterious Letter Puzzle And A Poem Composed During The Battle Of Valley Forge

While reading The Jester’s Magazine (March 1766 edition), the following caught my attention: Apparently, this was a love letter to Miss M****** written by “R. B.”. No further information about the nature of this letter was given in the volume and … Continue reading

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Strange Addresses And The Ingenuity Of Postmen

My previous post titled An Ingenious Postman told an anecdote of a resourceful postman who was able to deliver a letter despite the ambiguity of the address. This post includes several more instances in which a postman was able to successfully deliver … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #24

You are Getting Sleepy… Very Sleepy The sound of water dropping slowly and steadily into a pan occupies and quiets the brain. This is the principle on which we are told to count sheep going over a fence, and do any … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #22

Weather Forecast A Massachusetts paper says that Isaiah Thomas, the almanac-maker, when preparing the ‘annual’ of 1780, being asked by one of his boys what he should put in opposite July 13th, for weather predictions (a date overlooked), he replied … Continue reading

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Triskaidekaphobia And Friday The 13th And A Death Prediction, Oh My!

Today is Friday the 13th. Some people believe that unlucky things happen during this day while others find this belief absurd. But whether you believe in the unluckiness Friday the 13th or not, I hope that you are having a … Continue reading

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When Frank Nelson Cole Factored A Large Number During A “Lecture”

For around 200 years, several mathematicians had surmised that the Mersenne number 267 – 1 may be prime. However, French mathematician Édouard Lucas proved in 1876 that 267 – 1 can be factored and hence, not a prime. However, he was … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #19

European Cultivation To the ancient Persians, Europe is indebted for almost all the fruits she possesses. What more certain proof of civilization and antiquity, than the culture of the products of the earth? Virgil, and other ancient writers, inform us … Continue reading

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