To Talk or Not to Talk: Bhartruhari Puzzled (Post No.5923)

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Wife’s Support gave us a Good Novel! (Post No.5896)

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GREEKS SACRIFICED 100 OXEN FOR A DISCOVERY! (Post No.5827)

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Mathematicians Anecdotes

When the Greek philosophers found that the square root of 2 is not a rational number, they celebrated the victory by sacrificing 100 oxen.

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PASCAL – A born mathematician


Pascal’s genius for geometry began to appear before he was even 12 years old, in the room where he passed his hours of play. He procured a piece of charcoal, and drew diagrams on the floor, trying to make a circle, perfectly round, a triangle with equal sides and angles, a perfect parallelogram and like thing. He discovered all this unaided and then turned his attention to the properties of these figures and their mutual relations and proportions. But as his father had with such great care concealed from him all mathematical works, the poor boy did not even know the names of the figures he drew.

Compelled to make his own definitions he called a circle ‘a round’ and a line a ‘bar’ etc and with these very primitive definitions, proceeded to construct his axioms, till at last he wrought out complete demonstrations!

Step by step he advanced in his studies, one discovery opening the door to another; and so far did he push his researches, that without ever seeing a mathematical work, he got to the thirty second proposition of the book of Euclid.

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USELESS MATHEMATICIANS!


Edison approached the mathematical aspects of his science with that same practical instinct and native ability that characterised every other phase of his work. He often succeeding in beating the mathematicians on his staff to the draw in search for correct formulae, seeming to arrive at his conclusions through infallible instinct and native genius.

“These mathematicians make me tired”, he often said, “you ask them to work out a sum and they take a piece of paper, cover it with rows of’ ‘a’ s and ‘b’ s and ‘x’ s and’ y’ s. Decorate them with a lot of little numbers, scatter a mess of fly specks around them and then give you an answer that is all wrong!

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Explorers Anecdotes — KANGAROO!

When Captain Cook discovered Australia, his sailors brought a strange animal aboard ship whose name they did not know. Sent ashore to inquire of the natives, they came back and said,

‘It is a kangaroo’.

Many years passed before it was known when the natives were asked to name the animal and said, ‘Kangaroo’, they meant,

‘What did you say?’

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·  Robert Falson Scott, the explorer, applied to Lloyd George for assistance in financing of his last and fatal polar expedition. The then Chancellor referred him to a certain wealthy man, also of some prominence in the political scene.

·  How did you succeed? Asked Lloyd George, when the explorer again called on him.

·  “He gave me a thousand pounds” was the reply,” but he has undertaken to raise 20,000 pounds if I can persuade you to come with me, and a million if I can manage to leave you there”.

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—SUBHAM—


HUMBUG – NEW INSECT DISCOVERED! (Post No.5700)

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SCIENTISTS ANECDOTES

A Cambridge lecturer on the history of chemistry thus describe the celebrated Mr Boyle,
He was a great man; a strong man; he was the father of modern chemistry, and the brother of Earl of Cork.

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I DON’T KNOW ELECTRICITY!

Lord Kelvin, the great physicist once paid an unexpected visit to an extensive electrical plant. He had not disclosed his identity and was shown through the plant by a young foreman who painstakingly explained all the rudiments of electrical science, as here manifested to the great man.

When the tour was completed, Kelvin asked him quietly,
What then is electricity?
His guide was stumped.
No matter, Lord Kelvin said kindly,
That is the only thing about electricity which you and I do not know..

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NEW INSECT DISCOVERED- HUMBUG


The great naturalist Charles Darwin, was once approached by two small boys of the family whose guest he was.
They had caught a butterfly, a centipede, and a grass hopper.
Taking the centipede s body, the butterfly s wings, the beetle s head and the grasshoppers legs, they had glued them together to make an alarming and original insect.

We caught this bug in the field, they said innocently.
What kind of a bug is it Mr Darwin?
Darwin examined it with great solemnity.
Did you notice whether it hummed when you caught it,boys? He asked gravely.
Yes sir, they answered , trying to conceal their mirth
Just as I thought, said Darwin, it is a humbug.

FROM THE DICTIONARY—-

HUMBUG noun

  1. 1.

deceptive or false talk or behaviour.

“his comments are sheer humbug”

synonyms: hypocrisy, hypocritical talk/behaviour, sanctimoniousness, posturing, cant, empty talk; More

o

verb

  1. 1.

deceive; trick.

“poor Dave is easily humbugged”

synonyms: deceive, trick, delude, mislead, fool, hoodwink, dupe, hoax, take in, beguile, bamboozle, gull, cheat; More

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USELESS DOCTOR!

The wife of the great physicist Robert A Millikan, happened to pass through the hall of her home in time to hear her maid answer the telephone,
Yes, Mrs Millikan overheard,
This is where Mr Millikan lives, but he is not the kind of doctor that does anybody any good.

Tags- Millikan, Darwin, Humbug, Boyle, Kelvin

XXXX SUBHAM XXXX

SNAKE OR GOOSE OR FOOL IN THE CROWD? (Post No.5696)

 

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Lecture anecdotes
On the occasion of a lecture which Charles Lamb was once delivering, a loud hiss emanated from somewhere in the audience. There was an embarrassed silence. Lamb, not turning a hair said,
There are only three things that hiss—
A goose
A snake and A fool.
Come forth and be identified.

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Picture of Scheele

UNDESERVED GOT THE AWARD

Scientists anecdotes
When Gustavus III of Sweden was in Paris, a deputation of French scientist s called on him. It congratulated him on the happy fortune, that had given him so great a man as Scheele, the discoverer of Magnesium, as his subject and fellow countryman.
The king, who took small interest in the progress of science, felt somewhat ashamed that he should be so ignorant as never even to have heard of the renowned chemist.

He dispatched a courier at once with the laconic order
‘Scheele is to be immediately raised to the dignity of a count’.
‘His Majesty must be obeyed’, said the prime minister, ‘but who in hell is Scheele?’

A secretary was told to make inquiries.’
He came back with very full information, Scheele is a good sort of fellow, said he, a lieutenant in the artillery, a capital shot, and a first -rate hand at billiards.
The next day the lieutenant became a count, and the illustrious scientist was completely forgotten by King and court.

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DESTROYER OF BEAUTY
A botanist found a beautiful plant by the wayside. He sat down to analyse it. He pulled it apart and examined every part under a microscope.
When he had finished, he could tell the colour of the flower, its classification and the number of stamens and pistils and petals and bracts, but the life and beauty and the fragrance were gone.

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MONKEY LOOKING AT YOU!


They tell the story of a celebrated biologist who tried for months to train a monkey to play ball. As a last resort, he shut up the little creature by itself in a room with a bat and a ball. After some considerable time, had elapsed he finally stooped and peeped through the keyhole. He was disconcerted to find himself starting into an intent brown eye.

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XXXX SUBHAM XXX

WHY DO PEOPLE COME TO MY MEETING? GERMAN PHILOSOPHER EXPLAINS (Post No.5672)

WHY DO PEOPLE COME TO MY MEETING? GERMAN PHILOSOPHER EXPLAINS (Post No.5672)

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While he was dramatic critic on the old Denver Post, Eugene Field was given an assignment to report on a performance of King Lear, his review was brief but pointed

Last night at the Tabor Opera House, So and So played King Lear. He played it as though under the premonition that someone was about to play the Ace.

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Lecture Anecdotes

Professor Agassiz, the naturalist, had declined to lecture before some lyceum or public society, on account of the inroads which previous lectures given by him had made upon his studies and thought. The gentleman who had been deputed to invite him continued to press the invitation, assuring him that the society was ready to pay him liberally for his services.

That is no inducement to me, replied Agassiz, I cannot afford to waste my time in making money.

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I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ON WIT AND HUMOUR

Artemus Ward was once about to lecture on American Wit and Humour, but the chairman spoke at such length on the subject when Artemus rose he said,
The chairman has said all that needs to be said on the American Wit and Humour, so instead of taking that subject, I shall lecture on Indian Meals, and he did.

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MY AUDIENCE
The German philosopher and theologian , Frederich Schleilermarcher , once attempted to explain to a questioner the type of people who composed his audiences.

My audience is composed mainly of students, young women and soldiers. Student s come because I am a member of the Board of Examiners. The young women come because of the student s. And the soldiers come because of the young women.

XXX SUBHAM XXX

A B C D POEM REVIEW –1 2 3 4 ! (Post No.5660)

 

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Date: 13 November 2018

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CRITICS ANECDOTES

According to Richard Aldington, in the early days of Dada (predecessor of surrealism) I received for review a book which contained the following poem
A B C D E F
G H I J K L
M N O P Q R
S T U V W X
Y Z

on which I commented,

1 2345
678910

I still think that was the most snappy review I ever wrote; but unfortunately The Times refused to print it.
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WHO WILL MAKE A NAME?

Richard Aldington tells that,
An American friend of mine was then editing the Outlook, and asked me to write an article telling his readers about young writers and picking out those I thought would make a name. I made a choice which I modestly think wasn’t bad for 1919 :
James Joyce, T S Eliot, d h Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, and marcel Proust. I received a letter from the editor in these terms,
For God’s sake, Richard, can’t you think of somebody who has been heard of or is ever likely to be heard of?
I protested, and my article was submitted to the judgement of that eminent expatriate, Mr Logan Pearsall Smith, who decided that my writers never would be heard of; and the article was rejected. If I had chosen such mediocrities as Jack Squire, Hugh Walpole, Frank Swinner town, I should have received a cheque and a crown of wide parsley.

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BURY THE CRITIC
A man said he was afraid he was going to be of no use in the world because he had only one talent.
Oh that need not discourage you, said his pastor. What is your talent?
The talent of criticism.
Well, I advise you, said his pastor, to do with it what the man of one talent in the parable did with his. Criticism may be useful when mixed with other talents, but those whose only activity is to criticise the workers might as well be buried, talent and all.

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BEATING A BIG DRUM

Jerrold admired Carlyle, but objected that he did not give definite suggestions for the improvement of the age which he rebuked.
Here, said he, is a man who beats a big drum under my windows, and when I come running down stairs, has nowhere for me to go.

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DR JOHNSON ON CRITICISM

A friend of Dr Johnson s, in conversation with him, was lamenting the disagreeable situation in which those persons stood who were eminent for their criticisms. As they were perpetually expected to be saying clever things, it was a heavy tax on them.
It is indeed, said Dr Johnson, a very heavy tax on them; a tax which no man can pay who does not steal.

XXXX SUBHAM XXXX

CAN YOU FIND THE 7 HOLY RIVERS AND 7 HOLY CITIES IN INDIA? (Post No.5658)

 

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ANSWER ISGIVEN AT THE END

I T A V S A R A S
R A Y A M K A S I
A W O A A A N I K
V A D Y T R U N A
A N H A H A M D V
H T Y M U W A H E
D I A R D Y U R
O K k A N C H I
G A N G A W E R

 

 

SEVEN HOLY RIVERS (GANGASINDHUS CHA KAVERI YAMUNA CHA SARASVATI,REWA,GODHAVARI…)

SARASVATI

KAVERI

SINDHU

GANGA

REWA=NARMADHA

YAMUNA

GODAVARI

SEVEN HOLY CITIES (AYODHYA MATHURA MAYA KASI KANCHI AWANTIKA DWARAKAPURI…..)

AWANTIKA= UJJAIN

AYODHYA

KANCHI

MATHURA

KASI

DWARAKA

MAYA=HARIDWAR

–SUBHAM–

Missing College Board (Post No.5656)

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Date: 12 November 2018

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Students and Class Room Anecdotes

Missing College Board

A tradition of Haverford College centers around the administration of its famous President, Dr William Wistar Comfort. On the occasion of the erecting upon the campus of a beautiful metal sign proclaiming the name of the College, an enterprising group of seniors stole the sign and concealed it. It was missing for many days, during which Dr Comfort instituted a search, located the sign, and caused it to be removed to a place of concealment of his own . There upon he announced a joke was a joke but that unless the culprits returned the sign by the following Saturday night, all privileges of the senior class would be indefinitely revoked.

The dismay of the culprits was great when they were unable to find their trophy and comply with the ultimatum. Accordingly, an extremely glum and down in the mouth body of senior s assembled in chapel the Sunday morning after the deadline. Dr Comfort stepped in to the pulpit, surveyed the faces before him, and opened the great bible for the reading of the morning text, which was,
A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh for a sign and there shall be none given unto them.

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Udder Committee

A little girl who was attending a progressive school had a cold one morning and her mother suggested that she remain home from school.
But I can’t Mother, the little girl insisted.

This is the day when we started to make a clay model of a cow and I am chairman of the uddder committee.

Xxxx subham xx

MEN OF WIT ARE NOT FIT FOR JOBS (Post No.5643)

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Learned Men Anecdotes

Someone once rudely taunted John Maynard, Lord Commissioner of the Great Seal of England, with having grown so old as to forget his law.
“True Sir”, he replied,
“I have forgotten more law than you ever learned” .

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PHILOSOPHERS ALSO NEED FOOD

A noble man observing a person eminent for his philosophical talents, intent on choosing delicacies at table said to him,
What! Do you philosophers love dainties?
Why not — do you think my Lord, that the good things of the world were only made for blockheads?

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MEN OF WIT ARE NOT FIT FOR JOBS
The Duke of Newcastle, when prime minister, once told the author of Tristan Shandy, that men of wit were not fit to be employed, being incapable of business.

“They are not incapable of business, my Lord, but above it, replied Sterne. A sprightly generous horse is able to carry a pack saddle as well as an ass, but he is too good to be put to the drudgery”.

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WORDS WORTH AND COLERIDGE COULD NOT DO IT

Cottle, the Bath bookseller, recorded,

I removed the harness…..but…… could not get off the collar. In despair I called for assistance. Mr Wordsworth first brought his ingenuity into exercise, but, after several unsuccessful efforts, he relinquished the achievement as altogether impracticable. Mr Coleridge now tried his hand, but….after twisting the poor horse’s neck, almost to strangulation, and the great danger of his eyes, he gave up the useless task, pronouncing that the horse head must have grown (gout or dropsy) since the collar was put on! for it was a downright impossibility for such a huge os frontis to pass through narrow a collar! At about this juncture the servant girl appeared, turned the collar upside down, and removed it.

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PLATO HAS MY IDEAS!
One of Emerson’s rural neighbor s at Concord borrowed from him a copy of Plato
Did you enjoy the book?, asked Emerson, when it was returned.
I did that, replied his neighbour.
This Plato has a lot of my ideas

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QUEEN CHRISTINA
Queen Christina of Sweden complimented the celebrated Vossius by saying that he was so well learned as not only to know whence all the words came but whither they were going.

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XXX  SUBHAM XXX