I'll bet that if you have a mental image of Isaac Newton at all, it's a pretty stern one: a guy forced to wear gentlemanly outfits of the late 17th century with that huge powdered wig that seems to be sarcasm, staring out with an expression that says ``shut up, you idiot, I already know everything you could possibly say, and it's all idiotic'', only written like they did back before anyone decided spelling words kind of the same-ish way most of the time. You don't think of him as having a humorous side at all, or even cracking a smile. At best you'd think his only entertainment was judging other people to be far beneath him, but that's one of those cases where history is overblowing his reputation. Why, once time, as Member of Parliament representing Cambridge at the Convention Parliament in 1689, which decided King James II had left the throne of England without pointing out how he left because of all those people pointing pointy spears at him, Newton once piped up to say that it was a little drafty and could you please close the window, you insufferable dunce.
And the rest of this piece is over at my humor blog, as ``Newton's Prank'', because I work less hard on titles over there. Also appearing on the humor blog since last week's Poising For Success (see what I mean?) are:
- Unbeknownst, a bit of linguistic silliness that proved to be stunningly controversial.
- Statistics Saturday, another little weekly roundup of some numbers, because people like them strangely well.
- Charley Chase: Love, Loot and Crash, a silent movie from Mack Sennett, starring Charley Chase, and featuring Harold Lloyd in a tiny part.
- Keeping Busy, and considering what your priorities about busy-ness ought to be.
- CW Music, about my being appreciated for the thing I do instead of singing, not that not singing isn't appreciated enough on its own.
- Robert Benchley: Mid-Winter Sports, looking back to the days when there wasn't a lot of sports news this time of year so they had to make do with what they had.
Trivia: Glasgow, Scotland, revolted after Parliament passed a heavy import duty on malt in 1725. Source: How The Scots Invented The Modern World, Arthur Herman.
Currently Reading: Coming Of Age In The Milky Way, Timothy Ferris.