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Ann and Bob - a paradox

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I just stumbled across this paradox which was only discovered (or invented?) quite recently. It's called the Brandenburger-Keisler Paradox and I'm still trying to get my head round it.

Ann believes that Bob assumes that Ann believes that Bob’s assumption is wrong.

Does Ann believe that Bob’s assumption is wrong?

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Fritillaries

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There beautiful flowers are snakes-head fritillaries, in flower a couple of weeks early than usual.


They are widely cultivated, but also grow wild in southern and central Britain, although it is not clear whether it is native or a garden escape. See Wkipedia for more on this. 

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A Square Year

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Next year will be a square year. 2025 = 45 x 45, and this is the only square year in this century, because 44 x 44 = 1936 and 46 x 46 = 2116.

By the way, here is a neat trick for squaring numbers that end in a 5. Suppose the number is X5, where X is some series of digits that form a number in their own right. Work out X times X+1, then pop 25 on the end.

Take 135 as an example. 13x14 = 182, so we get 18225, which is indeed 135 squared.

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A Lakeland Home

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Word of the day

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Muscatorium: a pope’s ceremonial fan.

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Banana Skin Joke

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I slipped on a banana skin. It didn’t suit me so I took it off again.

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Musical Joke (sorta)

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What was Chopin‘s favourite pasta? Spaghetti Polonaise!

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Ullswater 6 March

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One Liner

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I saw a sign saying “Table top sale”. I thought “Strange, why don’t they sell whole tables?” 

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Dad Joke

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What do you call a group of policeman standing in the middle of a field?

Copse.

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What Fairy Tale?

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Nalbinding

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 3 Mar 2024, 02:27

You've probably met the Zen kōan of "clapping with one hand". Well, nalbinding is knitting with one needle. It is far older than knitting and examples from 6500 BCE have been found in a Judean cave. Wikipedia is full of information about the craft [1].

Nalbinding is also known from the Viking era, and the tradition is strong today in Scandinavia. Here's an attractive example fro the late 19th century. [2]


The word means "needle binding", and the common root of "nal" and "needle" may perhaps be related to ancient Greek νήθειν = "spin". This connection is appealing but I couldn't find any strong evidence.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N%C3%A5lebinding

[2] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1_par_vantar_n%C3%A5lbundna_av_vitt_ullgarn_med_dubbelvikt_krage_-_Nordiska_museet_-_NM.0005802B.jpg

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Did you know?

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Edited by Richard Walker, Saturday, 24 Feb 2024, 00:54

The city of Melbourne Australia was, for a short time in the early 19th century, known as Batmania? Named after someone called… Batman.

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My Dwelling

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I live in a very modest house. It doesn’t like talking about itself.

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New Keyboard Layout

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What do you call…

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a woman who helps you cross a river?

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Bridget

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Riddle

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Here’s a riddle I heard in the local Co-op.

What coat is best put on wet?

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Riddle

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Here’s a riddle I heard in the local Co-op.

What coat is best put on wet?

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Spring Haiku

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Spring clouds

I reached up to grab you.

But you ran away laughing.

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Word of the Day - Eunoia

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Eunoia is a warm feeling a speaker has towards their audience. See https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/eunoia

It's interesting because it's the shortest English word that contains all 5 vowels. If there were a shorter it would have to be an anagram of 'aeiou' and there isn't one as far as I know.

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An owl got in my woodwork

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Gathering dust

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A disused vacuum cleaner gathering dust.


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Dilemma

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