Monday, 5 January 2009

Robert Benchley

Robert Benchley (1889-1945) graduated from Harvard in 1912 and made a list of everything he'd learned in his first year:

1. Charlemagne either died or was born or did something with the Holy Roman Empire in 800.

2. By placing one paper bag inside another paper bag you can carry home a milkshake.

3. There is a double 'l' in 'parallel'.

4. Powder rubbed on the chin will take the place of a shave if the room isn't very light.

5. French nouns ending in 'aison' are feminine.

6. Almost everything you need to know about a subject is in the encyclopedia.

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