Ran into these tidbits from British examination papers, evidently reported in “The Mexican Herald” on Oct. 14, 1912. Enjoy
Louis XVI was gelatined during the French Revolution.
An angle is a triangle with only two sides.
Geometry teaches us how to bisex angels.
Horsepower is the distance one horse can carry a pound of water in an hour.
A vacuum is a large empty space where the pope lives.
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Susan Monroe says
Sweet chuckles. There are many more like these floating around out there, and I’ve always wondered if they are apocryphal.
Now, here’s a fun one: The Washington Post has a yearly new word contest. All you do is take a word from the dictionary and add, subtract, or change one letter. And then provide a definition.
A great example is “sarchasm,” defined as “the gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.”