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Rough and Tough

There had been many verses written over the years that talk about the intricacies of English pronunciation. The following verse from The Mixture of Low Spirits (1875) is just one of many: Advertisements

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A Victim Of His Own Invention

Sir Robert Watson-Watt was a Scottish physicist and a proponent of radio direction finding and radar technology. His ideas were credited for the defeat of more than a quarter of German U-boats and subsequently enabled the Royal Air Force to … Continue reading

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Gleanings From The Past #58

Dining with a Miser [Jonathan] Swift having dined with a rich miser, pronounced the following grace after dinner: “Thanks for this miracle, it is no less, Than finding manna in the wilderness, In midst of famine we have found relief, … Continue reading

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Be Good, Be Good…

Be good, be good, be always good, And now & then be clever, But don’t you ever be too good, Nor ever be too clever; For such as be too awful good They awful lonely are, And such as often … Continue reading

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A Contrast On Matrimony Or, Pro & Anti Marriage In One

Here is a curious little verse. If you read the entire verse normally, you’d find that the writer has some cynical views on marriage. However, if you read the poem in an alternating fashion (first line, third line, second line … Continue reading

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“A Century Hence”

In 1880, Missouri  attorney William McClung Paxton wrote the following poem detailing his vision of how life will be in America in 1980: In the midst, at St. Louis, the Capitol loomed, With lofty and glittering steeple — The seat … Continue reading

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The Two-Toed & Three-Toed Tree Toads

A he-toad loved a she-toad That lived high in a tree. She was a two-toed tree toad But a three-toed toad was he. The three-toed tree toad tried to win The she-toad’s nuptial nod, For the three-toed tree toad loved … Continue reading

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