Tag Archives: Oddities

A Secret Love Letter

The following letter was written by a young gentleman to his lover under the direction and eye of his father. The understanding, however, between the lovers, was, that she should read every other line, beginning with the first. Every party was … Continue reading

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Naming Book Titles After Just Hearing The First Lines

A few years ago, I met someone who said that he would be able to know the title of a popular book by only reading the first line or two of the book to him. I decided to test his … Continue reading

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Large Factor Tables And A Bizarre Application Of Mathematics To Warfare

Since Euclid prove that there is an infinite number of primes more than two millennia ago, a large number of mathematicians have been devising methods for finding large primes. Many have wasted obscene amounts of time in their search. Despite the development … Continue reading

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A Poetic Superscription

In 1761, the Post Office in London received the following letter with an interesting superscription: About this time, twelve months ago, I sent a letter to Mr. Crow, — He lived then, when he does still: But leave this with, … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #10

A Moving Tavern  A characteristically western arrangement for eating, drinking, and sleeping the labourers is made on the Davenport railroad. Two cars are fitted up for the purpose. One is filled up with berths on the side, as in a steamer, … Continue reading

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An Ingenious Postman

It’s been known how determined and ingenious some postal authorities can be. There have been many anecdotes about it and here’s one of them. It’s said that a postal officer received a letter addressed to: Wood Mr. Mass.

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The Man Who Survived From Seven Lightning Strikes

There is a saying that “lightning never strikes the same place twice” (it’s a myth by the way) but there’s no saying which said that you can’t be struck by lightning twice… or seven times. According to the National Weather … Continue reading

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