austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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You see strange shapes in moonlight and shadows in the night

Say what you like about Pythagoras of Samos, and you mostly can because nearly all his leading followers have gone and died from embarrassment over being asked to explain what precisely the thing with the beans is about, but here's a bit of legend that really caught me. It's from Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, which I never heard of either: ``Pythagoras is said to have had a golden thigh, which he showed to Abaris, the Hyperborean priest, and exhibited in the Olympic games.''


And the remainder is again over on my humor blog. Other items from the past week are:

Trivia: The first direct telegraphic message from London to Paris was sent in 1852. Source: The Victorian Internet, Tom Standage.

Currently Reading: Naming Infinity: A True Story Of Religious Mysticism and Mathematical Creativity, Loren Graham, Jean-Michel Kantor.

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