Fun_People Archive
4 May
Math at Hopkins, A Colloquiumal Superlative, & Venereal References

Date: Thu,  4 May 95 13:43:01 PDT
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: Math at Hopkins, A Colloquiumal Superlative, & Venereal References

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  "At Hopkins, we have 50% pre-meds and 50% engineers.  This leaves 25% for
   us liberal arts people."


Colloquium announcement:

	Research shows the first five minutes of life
	can be the most risky.

Hand-written note underneath:

	The last five minutes aren't so hot either.


I commend to your attention C. E. Hare's compendium "The Language of
Field Sports."

We all know that there is a special group noun for each animal -- a pride
of lions, a gam of porpoises, a swarm of locusts, and so on.  But how many
of us know (I swear I am not making these up) an exaltation of larks, an
ostentation of peacocks, or a business of ferrets?

. . . which is not to mention the special word for the young of each
species,  the track or footprint of each species, the cry of each species
(did you know that a boar freams?), the excrement of each species (a hart
leaves fewmets), the verb for mating for each species, and so on and on and

[I don't know who wrote the paragraphs above, but the writer obviously had not
seen James Lipton's book "An Exaltation of Larks."  I, on the other hand, have
not seen the C. E. Hare book.  Has any Fun_Person come across it?  -psl]

[=] © 1995 Peter Langston []