Gleanings from the Past #70

Plural of Égal Gustav Masson, the late genial French Master of Harrow School, once told me that he asked one of his class one day the following question: “What is the plural of égal?” The boy addressed looked mischievously at his tutor — whose good nature every Harrow boy could depend on — and with […]

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A Starmonger and a Lottery Prediction and Disappointment, Oh My!

There is a Filipino idiom, “pera na, naging bato pa“, which literally translates to, “what should have been money on hand just turned into stone”. The following true story that I witnessed when I was in the Philippines illustrates this idiom perfectly. During my stay in the Philippines, I had neighbors who are a couple […]

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Don’t You Know Me?

English novelist Anthony Trollope related the following story which occurred in 1872 in his autobiography, posthumously published in 1883: I came home across America from San Francisco to New York, visiting Utah and Brigham Young on the way. I did not achieve great intimacy with the great polygamist of the Salt Lake City. I called […]

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The Dark Origins Of Children’s Fairy Tales

This is a guest post by Melissa Lobo. Many of the children’s stories that abound today involve charming main characters accompanied by silly (and only sometimes smart) sidekicks who, though they learn an important lesson on the way, end their adventures with a neat-and-tidy happily ever after. Nonetheless, this type of plot device has not […]

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Gleanings From The Past #55

The Sword and the Pen The sword of the warrior was taken down for the purpose of being polished. It had not been long out of use. The rust was rubbed off, but there were spots that would not go; they were of blood. The sword was placed on the table, near the pen of […]

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Pun Of The Weak: Guard Dog

Carl and Paul are business partners and own a store. In the span of one year, the store was robbed a couple of times. So, they decided to purchase a guard dog for the store. While shopping for a guard dog, Carl stumbled upon a small shop in Chinatown which has a sign that reads: […]

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Random Joke #4: Mysterious Sound

Once upon a time, a man was driving along the road, when his car broke down near a monastery. He went to the monastery, said, “My car broke down. Can I stay the night here?” He was relieved that the monks agreed to let him stay the night. The monks even gave him food and […]

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A Shaggy-Dog Story: Black And White

One day, a reporter went to a farm to conduct an interview with a farmer. Reporter: Do you have some time for a quick interview? Farmer: Yes. Reporter: I wanna ask how you take care of your cows. For my first question: Where do you clean them? Farmer: The white one or the black one? […]

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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 will be a convincer. In England, it’s legal to bet on games of skills in […]

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