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  • "Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform."
    — Bertrand Russell


    abra
    September 26, 2015, 3:26 pm
    At the last second, I changed WORD to WORK, bad move.
    darkyr
    July 25, 2016, 6:58 am
    At the last second, I clicked submit to solve the cryptogram.
    LLapp
    September 28, 2016, 6:35 pm
    This is the way the cryptogram ends, not with a bang but a whimper.
    obsessedreader8
    October 9, 2016, 3:33 am
    Almost all letters were used at least once.
    Persephone59
    August 25, 2017, 10:29 pm
    '... to which not only the actual worm, but every possible worm, must conform'
    LLapp
    May 2, 2018, 9:06 pm
    ^Way better than Bertrand's version!
    zenith
    July 22, 2018, 3:25 am
    Most worms are conformists, but there's those few radical individuals....
    MadDoctor
    December 5, 2018, 12:35 am
    I had "work" then changed it to "word". At the last moment, I realized it should be "work", but the signal had already left my brain and I couldn't stop submitting. Huh.
    abra
    June 3, 2019, 2:45 am
    Now the red letters would have prevented my mistake.
    pickleball
    August 13, 2019, 12:10 am
    i always have too many red letters
    mohamm1
    November 7, 2019, 5:28 am
    Word! Words in math??? The crypto ended with a whimper for me.... "I solved the crypto for THIS cryptic message about may???"

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    • "You can live a lifetime and, at the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself."
      — Beryl Markham

      fishbum
      March 31, 2011, 6:12 pm
      Plato had something to say about the "unexamined life".
      JenDiaz72
      January 16, 2015, 12:40 pm
      You may discover more about yourself by learning about others.
      LLapp
      April 24, 2015, 1:56 pm
      No fun gossiping about yourself.
      balderdash
      September 28, 2017, 10:17 am
      Self-knowledge is an iffy proposition, I'm a-Freud.
      susanith
      December 7, 2017, 8:50 pm
      For myself, I have spent a lot of my life in 'introspection' -- and then used my self-knowledge to grow in my understanding of others. [Tehee, balderdash]
      rnodding
      December 30, 2018, 6:16 am
      "The unexamined life is not worth living" was attributed to Socrates by Plato.
      montyb
      October 31, 2019, 11:14 am
      I tried gossiping about myself, but I had already heard everything before.
      Nannienettie
      March 20, 2020, 4:48 pm
      Good one montyb

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      • "The mind's first step to self-awareness must be through the body." — George Sheehan

        MatthewReynolds
        January 27, 2018, 12:21 am
        But what if I am merely a disembodied brain stuck in a mason jar somewhere, labeled "Abbey Normal"?

        darkyr
        February 17, 2018, 1:33 pm
        Ah. You've discovered the jar. Good, you've taken the first step.

        Barnabas
        October 18, 2018, 3:44 am
        Fire bad.

        montyb
        December 31, 2018, 12:03 pm
        No, fire is our friend. Just keep your thumbs out of the way.

        LLapp
        May 11, 2019, 2:53 am
        This guy and his wife Mary raised 12 children! On top of that, he was largely responsible for inspiring all those people jogging through the streets in running shorts and headbands in the late 1970s.

        darkyr
        June 8, 2019, 2:56 am
        And even now he is still inspiring disembodied brains to wear mason jars.

        darkyr
        February 16, 2021, 10:08 pm
        Myself I prefer a loose fitting water pitcher. Wearing a mason jar correctly is just too much pressure.

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        • "Winners never quit, and quitters never win. "
          — Vince Lombardi


          gryhnd51
          May 7, 2014, 6:39 pm
          Sinners never plan, and planners never sin. Anyone else??
          jason jiujitsu
          September 11, 2014, 1:30 pm
          23
          Lurker
          October 27, 2014, 12:36 pm
          What if you planned to sin?
          kb83
          December 19, 2014, 10:47 am
          However, non-quitters sometimes lose.
          LLapp
          May 27, 2015, 8:32 am
          Winners never flip, and flippers never win.
          wvwoman
          June 10, 2015, 10:35 pm
          i started with manners and went downhill from there--finally noticed who said it and realized it was winners, of course!
          montyb
          December 27, 2015, 1:39 pm
          What about smokers who quit? Do they not win?
          marnita
          September 23, 2016, 7:23 am
          Or gamblers, or alcoholics?
          SippyGurl
          December 22, 2016, 6:24 am
          pfft faillers never win
          Persephone59
          February 17, 2018, 6:07 am
          There's another crypto on here, that I had earlier today, that uses a different verb for quit. I tried every combination I could think of, and had to give up. Couldn't be sinners either, as the s has already been used. Getting this one kind of infuriated me, actually.
          GtrZan
          March 1, 2018, 7:50 am
          but you didn't quit
          CCCookie
          June 10, 2018, 8:01 am
          If winners are the people who find success in their lives, however they define success, then a winner may quit many times as the person recognizes that the current path isn't going in the right direction after also. I suppose it also matters how you define quitting. It may not be quitting if you quit using this plan because it isn't working and move on to that plan in hopes it will work better? And if your plan is to prove that the world is flat it won't matter how long you persist or how many methods you seek, failure is inevitable.
          mmfs83
          September 1, 2018, 2:27 am
          I've had this one once or twice before, but I couldn't come up with quit.
          imsoeasy
          October 16, 2018, 3:48 pm
          There are really smart people with really fast times doing these cryptos. No way am I going to beat them. I'm quitting trying to beat them. Resigned to being a loser.
          abra
          November 17, 2020, 2:43 am
          For a couple of seconds I thought it had something to do with a cannery or maybe canners. then I looked at the source.
          Synonymous
          December 27, 2020, 9:53 pm
          imsoeasy losers and quitters don't get to see the comments. LOL...
          Elephino
          May 14, 2021, 2:50 am
          never say never
          jbb33054
          June 16, 2021, 7:07 pm
          200
          hrossa
          August 8, 2021, 1:15 am
          LOL Synonymous, often they are the best part!. Imsoeasy, I'm not going to beat them either, but it's still a lot of fun to solve cryptos.
          jbb33054
          August 21, 2021, 1:35 pm
          143

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          • "I have thought too much to stoop to action."
            — Adam De L'Isle


            LLapp
            September 22, 2015, 11:13 am
            I hope this was meant to be funny.
            IlLatino
            October 13, 2015, 3:11 pm
            Last time I had to stoop I didn't have much time to think about it.
            LLapp
            April 22, 2016, 4:36 pm
            Sounds like Oscar Wilde.
            JJ20paws
            September 15, 2018, 8:28 am
            At my age, you gotta weigh "is it worth getting down there?" if getting back up is gonna be tough. By the time I've thought about it, I've lost interest...
            abra
            January 11, 2020, 2:47 am
            LOL, JJ20paws.
            No2son
            April 8, 2020, 1:39 pm
            I'm with JJ20!
            Elephino
            May 16, 2020, 2:28 pm
            A friend told me once that her boyfriend, having left the house and walked to work before her, left a trail of pennies knowing that she wouldn't be able to make it down the sidewalk without stooping to pick up every one of them. I think of that story every time I don't bother to pick up a penny on the ground.
            MatthewReynolds
            July 24, 2021, 5:17 pm
            That is such a bizarre story. Why would her boyfriend want to make her late for work like that? I hope there is more backstory to that, because on the face of it, it sounds rather mean-spirited.

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            • "It is a golden maxim to cultivate the garden for the nose, and the eyes will take care of themselves. "
              — Robert Louis Stevenson

              kb83
              January 8, 2015, 3:57 am
              If you take care of the "no"s then the "ayes" have it.

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              • "Unlike those who pretend to be immaculate, fallen angels are usually more intriguing because their earthliness is heavenly."
                — Carl Polloi

                chopstix
                August 30, 2013, 8:23 am
                I'm going on FaceBook and unliking them right now!
                gryhnd51
                October 23, 2013, 8:58 am
                I wonder if Carl is related to Hoi?
                abra
                October 24, 2013, 11:03 am
                Maybe Hoi is his middle name.
                montyb
                January 24, 2014, 3:40 pm
                Oy!
                LLapp
                January 11, 2015, 4:55 pm
                (link)
                kb83
                March 16, 2017, 3:43 am
                They tried to find young Carl Polloi. Ever since he was just a young boy. But he never was proud Nor stood out in a crowd And the searchers complained "Oy, Polloi".
                Persephone59
                July 7, 2017, 12:58 am
                Thanks for the limerick.
                balderdash
                October 8, 2017, 10:07 am
                Satanly.
                mistyswiss
                March 13, 2020, 11:50 am
                I'm going to solve just one more crypto today - but it's only to read the comments

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                • "Marriage is a meal where the soup is better than the dessert."
                  — Austin O'Malley


                  jobdevaa
                  August 14, 2013, 9:20 pm
                  Waiter, there's a hair in my soup.
                  WRQ9
                  August 16, 2013, 6:20 pm
                  There's a wig in mine.
                  universalmom
                  August 29, 2014, 3:45 pm
                  shhhhh, be quiet or everyone will want one!
                  abra
                  January 25, 2015, 2:01 pm
                  I'm not really sure what this means, but I guess that it's a good thing?
                  haverwench
                  March 20, 2015, 7:12 am
                  It doesn't have to be, if you're willing to put some effort into your cooking.
                  dovid1946
                  April 8, 2015, 2:57 am
                  my soup was cold and my dessert gave me a stomach ache
                  hisashiburi
                  August 27, 2015, 1:41 pm
                  Soup comes at the beginning of a meal, desseert comes at the end.
                  Jalapenoman
                  November 12, 2016, 2:07 pm
                  Abra, I think that the writer is trying to say that the beginning of marriage (the appetizer) is better than the end.
                  YorkiesRule
                  February 1, 2017, 2:18 am
                  I think this quote, like many other quotes about marriage, is missing the word "my" in the beginning. "My marriage is..."
                  bkmcincinnati
                  February 3, 2017, 3:15 am
                  I haven't gotten to dessert yet, but I am enjoying the courses I've had so far. I agree the word "my" would have saved me some annoyance.
                  abra
                  August 30, 2019, 11:12 pm
                  J-man, that makes sense. I guess everyone else got it. I've enjoyed it all so far. The soup, the salad, the meat and potatoes. I suppose we are at or nearing the dessert course. I agree. Austin should speak for himself.
                  imsoeasy
                  March 11, 2021, 10:45 pm

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                  • "Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution. "
                    — Mae West

                    Andy451
                    May 20, 2017, 5:36 pm
                    She doesn't look a day older than 124. And I'm not just saying that because I did the math. Great quote, Mae. May you West in peace.

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                    • "You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk dancing."
                      — Sir Arnold Bax


                      gryhnd51
                      September 3, 2012, 2:34 am
                      Oh, I disagree. Folk dancing can be great fun.
                      contrary
                      May 3, 2014, 4:26 am
                      That is why you should experience it many times.
                      dovid1946
                      January 9, 2015, 7:12 pm
                      as can incest- all in the family
                      hasselblad
                      April 29, 2016, 12:03 pm
                      I had pole dancing. I'm a little embarrassed.
                      marnita
                      November 10, 2016, 2:20 pm
                      Well, that would seem to go better with incest.
                      Nautilus
                      February 16, 2017, 5:58 am
                      The real quotation is ". . . incest and morris dancing." A bon vivant restaurant reviewer wrote a book about his gastronomic adventures with the title "Incest and Morris Dancing."
                      maradnu
                      October 15, 2017, 8:33 am
                      You speak from experience, dovid?
                      marnita
                      January 6, 2018, 10:37 am
                      If it had said "morris dancing," I probably wouldn't be here.
                      DrCryptell
                      June 10, 2018, 9:28 am
                      Sky diving falls somewhat in between.
                      badbob
                      September 21, 2018, 9:22 pm
                      how about cleaning the cattle holding area in a slaughter house ? anybody? i can't hear you !!
                      abra
                      April 24, 2019, 6:05 pm
                      I recently read up on Morris dancing, because it's showed up on a couple British TV shows. I never would have thought of it if it had been used in a quote though.
                      momn8r
                      April 4, 2020, 12:22 am
                      Honestly, I did not look at the source and as soon it was solved I was certain it was going to be a Brault quote!

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                      • "I do not fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you? "
                        — George S. Patton


                        Queethebean
                        March 26, 2013, 5:55 pm
                        I guess he liked to be on top.
                        wvwoman
                        May 15, 2014, 6:04 am
                        lots of folks do!
                        universalmom
                        August 20, 2014, 2:33 pm
                        naughty girl wv
                        dovid1946
                        December 17, 2014, 9:46 am
                        I heard ike preferred doggie
                        SippyGurl
                        March 6, 2017, 6:04 pm
                        and jimmy likes jellybeans
                        vintage38
                        February 19, 2018, 3:56 am
                        40 seconds
                        blueladyblue
                        March 29, 2018, 9:44 am
                        So we go from fear of failure to sexual positions in 6 comments, assuming vintage38 was chiming in on the previous comments and giving the related timing. Is that an average, vintage38, or minimum, or, heaven forbid, maximum?
                        tclcac
                        June 18, 2018, 11:36 pm
                        I always find the comments interesting - Definitely not boring today!
                        jbb33054
                        January 19, 2020, 10:06 am
                        90
                        oddcouple
                        September 6, 2021
                        Come on, jbb. Tell us-90 seconds or 90 minutes? The world wants to know!
                        Last edited by oddcouple; 09-06-2021, 11:35 AM.

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                        • "In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep."
                          — Albert Einstein

                          badfrog
                          April 15, 2009, 3:42 pm
                          In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.
                          maradnu
                          May 19, 2009, 10:56 pm
                          Baaaaaaa.
                          kb83
                          August 2, 2017, 2:34 am
                          I herd this one before.
                          tavi5280
                          August 6, 2017, 4:19 am
                          Flock! kb83, I almost missed your joke
                          BriddlesBob
                          December 8, 2017, 12:04 am
                          So, if one is NOT a sheep, he'd be pulling the wool over our eyes.
                          Elephino
                          August 1, 2018, 5:06 am
                          and then along came Dolly! (link)
                          Nannienettie
                          March 23, 2020, 5:42 pm
                          Baa I think I’m a black sheep
                          Synonymous
                          October 4, 2020, 10:20 pm
                          ^There's at least one in every family.

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                          • "You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket." — John Adams

                            fredsevent
                            April 16, 2012, 9:05 pm
                            Dude had big pockets or perhaps they just grew small poets back then.

                            abra
                            July 7, 2013, 9:06 pm
                            Kind of strange.

                            dmford60
                            March 1, 2014, 7:36 pm
                            I think it's kind of a neat thought, carrying a book of poetry with you to keep you company.

                            universalmom
                            September 24, 2014, 4:46 am
                            hahaha i pictured some poor little guy screaming something like "grant me thy fair egress from this foul, unvented confinement!"

                            ericthirdrow
                            October 13, 2014, 7:54 am
                            Is that a poet in your pocket or are you just happy to have some alone time?

                            writeon
                            January 20, 2018, 3:51 am
                            Ring around the roses, A pocket full of poets. Ashes, ashes, Shouldn't have put that cigarette in there.

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                            • "It's astonishing how important a man becomes when he dies." — Proverb

                              badbob
                              July 14, 2019, 12:36 pm
                              one of my hobbies is reading obituaries (i know) over the past 15 to 20 years they have gotten more descriptive and much longer than in previous years it seems that ordinary people with few accomplishments are being elevated in their importance no one it seems is ever average.or led a mundane life a recent one concerned a woman who read tea leaves and people's aura through crystals and led them through past life regeneration.her obit was two full columns and half of a third. she had four ex-husbands

                              realradiosglow
                              December 28, 2020, 11:07 am
                              Badbob, I think I read the same obit. If I remember right, she died due to unforeseen circumstances.

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                              • "I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see anywhere else."
                                — Kurt Vonnegut

                                Chaboogie
                                June 21, 2011, 2:06 am
                                How are people solving these in 14 seconds? Do they see it a second time and know the answer? I am pretty good at cryptograms and even my quickest cant some of these record times that are less than 10 -15 seconds.. How is that possible?
                                Queethebean
                                June 21, 2012, 8:43 pm
                                Maybe they live closer to the edge? They can probably see all kinds of things that the rest of us can't see.

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