## Finis

The four young stars of Rebel Without a Cause all died prematurely:

• James Dean was killed in an auto accident at 24.
• Natalie Wood drowned at 43.
• Nick Adams overdosed at 37.
• Sal Mineo was murdered at 37.

See Fallout.

## Unquote

“Knowing exactly how much of the future can be introduced into the present is the secret of great government.” — Victor Hugo

## Shifty

A paradox by Sam Loyd. The figure on the left, measuring 8×8, can be reassembled into the figure on the right, measuring 7×9. Therefore 64 = 63.

## In a Word

knickknackatory
n. a collection of knickknacks

A tongue twister: Bluebeard brought back black bric-a-brac.

## First Impressions

In 1842, a Mrs. Simon was traveling by train through the English countryside when a torrential downpour began. The kind-looking elderly gentleman sitting opposite her suddenly arose, opened the window, put his head out, and kept it out for nearly nine minutes. Finally he withdrew it, dripping with water, closed the window, and sat with his eyes closed for a quarter of an hour.

Unable to suppress her curiosity, the young lady arose, opened the window, and put her own head out.

At the next year’s Academy, as she was viewing Rain, Steam, and Speed, someone behind her said, “Just like Turner, ain’t it. Whoever saw such a ridiculous conglomeration?”

She said quietly, “I did.”

## Misc

• Can one keep a promise unintentionally?
• The plural of u is us.
• 1676 = 11 + 62 + 73 + 64
• DISMANTLEMENT and SKEPTICISM are typed with alternating hands.
• “He was lucky and he knew it.” — Clark Gable’s proposed epitaph

## Spot Work

A set of dominoes can be arranged into a valid arithmetic sum:

and into a magic square:

From Joseph S. Madachy, Madachy’s Mathematical Recreations, 1966, and W.W. Rouse Ball, Mathematical Recreations and Essays, 1919.

## Chapter and Verse

As he was visiting his parishioners one Saturday afternoon, a new pastor stopped at one house and found that no one answered the door. It was clear that someone was home, but he knocked repeatedly and no one appeared. Finally he pulled out his card, wrote “Revelation 3:20″ on the back, and left it in the door.

That Sunday he found the card in the collection basket. Below his message someone had written “Genesis 3:10.”

Revelation 3:20 reads, “Behold I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me.”

Genesis 3:10 reads, “And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked.”

## Riddle

What is shorter when it is longer and longer when it is shorter; also bigger when it is smaller and smaller when it is bigger?

A word. LONGER is shorter than SHORTER, and SMALLER is bigger than BIGGER.

Richard Lederer and Gary Hallock devised this puzzling sentence, which is best read aloud:

What is a four-letter word for a three-letter word which has five letters yet is still spelled with three letters, while it has only two and rarely has six and never is spelled with five?

It’s not a question, but a statement. Capitalize WHAT, FOR, WHICH, YET, IT, RARELY, and NEVER.

## Officer Material

When he was a cadet at West Point, California humorist George Derby had attended a class on military strategy.

“A thousand men are besieging a fortress that contains these quantities of equipment and provisions,” said the instructor, pointing to a chart. “It is a military axiom that at the end of 45 days the fort will surrender. If you were in command of this fortress, what would you do?”

Derby raised his hand and said, “I would march out, let the enemy in, and at the end of 45 days I would change places with him.”