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This Date in History

March 14

~ 1879 ~

Albert Einstein is born in Ulm, Germany.

Einstein’s Puzzle: … Who keeps fish?

Variations of this riddle appear on the net from time to time. It is sometimes attributed to Albert Einstein and it is claimed that 98% of the people are incapable of solving it. Some commentators suggest that Einstein created such puzzles not to test out intelligence but to get rid of all the students who wanted him as an advisor. It is not likely that there is any truth to these stories. Whereever this comes from, it is a nice riddle.

Let us assume that there are five houses of different colors next to each other on the same road. In each house lives a man of a different nationality. Every man has his favorite drink, his favorite brand of cigarettes, and keeps pets of a particular kind.

  • The Englishman lives in the red house.
  • The Swede keeps dogs.
  • The Dane drinks tea.
  • The green house is just to the left of the white one.
  • The owner of the green house drinks coffee.
  • The Pall Mall smoker keeps birds.
  • The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhills.
  • The man in the center house drinks milk.
  • The Norwegian lives in the first house.
  • The Blend smoker has a neighbor who keeps cats.
  • The man who smokes Blue Masters drinks bier.
  • The man who keeps horses lives next to the Dunhill smoker.
  • The German smokes Prince.
  • The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
  • The Blend smoker has a neighbor who drinks water.

The question to be answered is:  Who keeps fish?

 

“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.”

~ Albert Einstein

 Albert Einstein 1

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This Date in History

March 13

~  1938  ~

The average I.Q. of the Human population takes a discernible drop with the loss of Clarence Darrow.

“As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.”

~ Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow during the 'Trial of the century'

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This Date in History

March 12

1933 … FDR delivers his first Fireside Chat.

“It is your problem, my friends, your problem no less than it is mine. Together we cannot fail.”

~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 FDR

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This Date in History

March 11

        

1302 … Marriage of Romeo & Juliet

“Take him and cut him out in little stars,

And he will make the face of heaven so fine

That all the world will be in love with night,

And pay no worship to the garish sun.”

  Romeo & Juliet  ~ Juliet Capulet 

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This Date in History

March 10

1876 … the first phone call.

“Mr. Watson, come here; I want you.”

~ Alexander Graham Bell, Boston, Mass.

Alexander Graham Bell 

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March 9 … Brad Delp dies.

“I think Stevie Wonder could sing the phone book and manage to make me cry.”

   ~ Brad Delp, Lead Vocal “Boston” (June 12, 1951 – March 9, 2007)

 Brad Delp

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This Date in History … including Today

      

        March 8

Happy International Women’s Day

 

   “A promise is a promise:

    Time for action to end violence against women.”

          ~ Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary-General

         International Women's Day               

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March 7 … Death of Aquinas

“Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.”

 

aquinas  ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas

      (1225 ~ March 7, 1274)

 

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This Date in History: . . . March 6

Ayn Rand (d. March 6, 1982)

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”

  ~ Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand 1

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This Date in History: . . . March 5

Professor Michael Sandel (b. March 5, 1953)

“The human faculties of perception, judgment, discriminative feeling, mental activity, and even moral preference, are exercised only in making a choice. He who does anything because it is the custom, makes no choice. He gains no practice either in discerning or in desiring what is best. The mental and moral, like the muscular powers, are improved only by being used… .”

  ~ Prof. Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel 

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