August 13, 2022

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Sunday Bulletin Board: What was the chance of there being a university math class known as ‘Numbers’?

The nice comebacks

You Snooze, You Lose Division

JOHN IN HIGHLAND writes: “I all the time get fun out of Joe Soucheray’s column when he writes about Arithmetic. These days he has been amused by the efforts of the Minnesota Division of Training to ascertain new math requirements.

“Joe and I each attended the School (now College) of St. Thomas, and neither considered one of us, by our personal admission, was a standout in math. I had struggled simply to get C’s in highschool Algebra/Trigonometry. Once I began school, one of many necessities of my course of research was that I take a minimal of 1 class in arithmetic. I had nightmares fascinated by having to take Calculus.

“Because it occurred, nonetheless, there was an choice for these of us who needed to keep away from Calculus. There was one other math class obtainable, Chance, and it fulfilled the arithmetic requirement. The one downside was that it was in nice demand and restricted to 40 college students. On the primary day of sophistication, there have been 43 college students in attendance. The three who had registered final had been informed that they might be allowed to attend the category provided that others dropped out earlier than the following assembly.

“The following assembly day arrived, and because the first order of enterprise, the names of the unfortunate three had been known as out. They had been informed that there have been no drop-outs, and that they needed to go away the category. A pal of mine was one of many three. He stood up and in an irritated voice stated: ‘You imply I can’t take any Numbers?’

“The professor was not amused.”

Then & Now

Kathy S. of St Paul: “In Spring 1972, I took Fashionable Russian Historical past from Dr. Cunningham at St. Kate’s, as an elective and for enjoyable. Dr. Cunningham may very well be counted on to maintain issues fascinating; I regretted not listening to his tackle Ivan the Horrible.

“It occurred that Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko was coming to Macalester to do a poetry studying that semester, and he visited St. Kate’s to have lunch with college students. Dr. Cunningham and I, together with my fellow college students, met him within the cafeteria. When Yevgeny sat at a desk, I took the seat throughout from him. I introduced that the one phrase I knew in Russian was nyet (no). The Russian males laughed and stated I wanted to study da (sure). It broke the ice. It turned out that they thought we had been all learning to be nuns. We cleared that up.

“One among my classmates requested Yevtushenko if he believed in God. For the reason that Chilly Battle had not melted and he traveled with KGB minders, this was a query he might probably not reply. I froze and frowned on the questioner, and Yevtushenko blew it off. Dr. Cunningham later stated that my response informed Yevtushenko that we knew he couldn’t reply that query.

“In the long run I requested Yevtushenko to autograph the paperback copy of ‘Anna Karenina’ I used to be studying for the category. He didn’t wish to, however I had nothing else to signal, so he did. The following day, a scholar at Macalester requested him to autograph a bit of paper. He went into the close by bookstore to purchase a guide of his poetry, which he signed and gave to her. I believed he may need needed to do one thing comparable for me. I’d have preferred to personal such a guide. And I didn’t get to the studying.

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“On the poetry studying at Macalester, Ukrainian protesters rushed him on stage and unintentionally knocked him off it as they reached for the microphone to shout slogans. This triggered some shock and controversy, and far dialogue. I ended by a picnic a number of days later and was informed to not focus on it, because the older Ukrainians there supported the protesters. I now want I might have mentioned the problems just a little with them.

“Hooked up is a poster from the studying; I may need taken it off a wall.”

Could possibly be verse!

One other “timerick” from TIM TORKILDSON: “Easter dinner is full / Yet one more chunk I can not eat / All of the ham has disappeared / My throat is full, and might’t be cleared / The dinner rolls are merely crumbs / Somebody, please, go me the Tums / One final piece of pie stays / Please ship the youngsters my cremains.”

Half-empty? Or half-full?

SEMI-LEGEND writes: “Topic: Which upbeat information story do ya learn?

“My spouse, an earlier riser, reads the Minneapolis paper earlier than I do. She confirmed me two adjoining tales that ran on the again of its enterprise part right now (Thursday, April 14, 2022):

“Beneath the headline ‘Broad rally lifts shares on Wall St.,’ a one-column story stated shares closed greater ‘as an upbeat report from Delta Air Strains sparked a rally within the journey business.’

“Sharing the highest of the web page was one other headline throughout 5 columns: ‘Delta misplaced $940M in its first quarter.’

“Ah, however under that: ‘The airline expects higher days quickly. . . .’”

The Everlasting Household Document

SIS writes: “Topic: Model-new Oldsmobile.

“After the Second World Battle and numerous journeys, my father offered the uncomfortable inexperienced coupe. The explanation: He had been made supervisor of our small metropolis. With the brand new moniker got here a lift in wage. Now he had the wherewithal to purchase his dream automotive: a cream-colored Oldsmobile with a lot of chrome trim. Window frames, door handles, bumpers . . . and, better of all, one thing new in automotive tradition: a rubberized roof.

“Typically within the evenings, Father can be out within the driveway warbling his favourite tune: ’Raindrops maintain falling on my head . . . errr, roof . . . and sliding off as an alternative,’ as he rubbed the mud specks off the automotive’s creamy sides.

“The youngsters within the neighborhood known as it a ‘boat’ — slang for ‘beaut.’ Now when
we traveled, we traveled in type — no extra vacationer rooms upstairs in somebody’s residence.  We stayed at newly erected, semi-glamorous motels.

“Typically, ready in line for the motel clerk’s consideration and the room key, I’d see a stand with a group of folders promoting what was to be seen within the space.  I picked up a handful to peruse within the motel room within the night. As I unfold them out on the carpeted flooring, one stood out. Its headline: ‘An unforgettable expertise — be a part of us on an actual African safari.’ There adopted
footage of unique animals: zebras, apes, monkeys, an elephant, female and male lions.

“I learn the blurb to my father. ‘It’s close by, Dad, can we go?’

“My father snorted. ‘These so-called unique journeys are vacationer traps. I’ll guess the recent canine they promote on the grounds are 10 {dollars} every!’

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“Mom noticed my disappointment. She cajoled: ‘We don’t should eat them. I can pack a lunch. I, for one, want to see an actual stay lion.’ Dad was reluctant however in the long run backed down: ‘All proper, in case you deliver the lunch.’

“The following morning, vivid and early, we had been on the safari park. The good-looking boss, seemingly a university scholar, was dressed appropriately: extremely polished brown brogues, beige knee socks, beige shorts and shirt, on his head a pith helmet. He leaned into the automotive: ‘Welcome to the park, of us. You’re the primary guests right now.  The park has guidelines which I’m obliged to recite to you.’ He proceeded: ‘No feeding the animals; keep on marked trails, and don’t deviate; drive at a sluggish tempo; one cease for a photograph shoot via a rolled-up window solely; window and doorways locked always.’ He added with a smile: ‘The monkeys hereabouts are a naughty crew.’ He continued with the principles: ‘No leaving the car; honk in case you’re in issue. Oh sure — on the exit there’s a present store and a fast-food counter.’ He added: ‘Right here the animals roam free whereas the guests are in cages.’ I knew he meant vehicles.

“We began out. The animals appeared torpid. Maybe that they had simply been fed. One wanted binoculars to see them.

“On the monkey compound, the apes had been swinging from tree to tree. The monkeys scrambled up and down rope ladders.  All had been chattering.  They, not less than, had been having a great time.

“My youthful brother requested: ‘What do monkeys eat, Dad?’


“‘That’s all?’

“My father replied irritably: ‘No, no, berries, nuts, I assume!’

“The elephant was a no-show. ‘Most likely nonetheless in its stall, consuming,’ he guessed, then added: ‘Mom, get out your digital camera, we’re heading for the lion enclave.’

“The point out of meals had whetted my urge for food. The meals field was on the ground of the again seat between my sister and me.

“‘There he’s!’ My sister pointed at an enormous male lion hiding slyly behind a tree.  We assumed the remainder of the satisfaction had been snoozing within the lengthy grass close by.  Whereas everybody else was on the lookout for the lions, I sneaked my hand into the meals field and grabbed a tasty cheese and pickle sandwich. I had taken two bites once I heard a pointy rap at my facet window. A monkey with a crimson face with a beige rim round it was pointing at my sandwich, mimicking chewing. I ignored him!  He continued leaping up and down, working his lengthy talons across the window body, then pulling on the door deal with. I hid the crust beneath the puffy grey cushions within the again seat. Racing round to my sister’s facet of the automotive, he pulled on the door handles.  My sister, age 12, complained: ‘Dad, a monkey is gazing me.’

“Father seemed again and chuckled. ‘I feel it’s a wedding proposal, babe. Simply say “No.”‘

“All of us laughed.

“The laughter enraged the monkey. He skipped to the entrance of the automotive, bounded up on the bumper, and ran up the lengthy hood to the windshield. Dad had his head down watching mom roll movie into her digital camera.  She normally acquired it in backwards.

“The monkey rapped on the window. No response! It grabbed the windshield wiper and let it ping in opposition to the glass. That did it. Dad seemed up. The monkey
stored snapping the wipers.  Father shook his fist; the monkey stored snapping away.

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“All of the sudden, he scampered throughout the roof to cease above me.  Dad rolled down his window and banged on the roof. Shortly after, my sister queried: ‘What’s that sound? It seems like somebody is ripping one thing.’ I knew instantly. The decided monkey went again to the windshield and checked out my father, upside-down. The monkey was swinging bits of torn rubber cloth.

“My father opened the automotive door and jumped out. My mom, sister, and I screamed: ‘Shut the door, Dad, the lions are trying our manner!’ They did greater than look. The massive male and three females padded out to the highway and sat in a row staring on the automotive. It seemed as if they had been watching a film, minus the popcorn.

“Outdoors the automotive, my enraged father shouted: ‘I’m going to strangle that son-of-a-bitch.’

“Mom scolded: ‘Father, watch your language. There are children within the automotive.’  Dad climbed again in.  The monkey sat on the hood, grinning.

“My little brother requested: ‘Is son-of-a—”

“Dad interrupted: ‘Son-of-a-birch, son. I stated “son-of-a-birch.” No, it’s not a foul phrase. It means “pesty annoyance”!’

“Now that he was contained in the automotive, Mom needled: ‘You informed me that in grade faculty, you had been the one boy who acquired to go to the Clear Language Picnic, since you by no means swore.’

“My brother took it in. ‘Dad, if I stated ‘pesty annoyance,’ would I get to go to the Clear Language Picnic?’

“‘Sure! Sure!’ was Dad’s testy reply.

“We didn’t honk. Nonetheless, the safari boss arrived in a jeep, a gun throughout his knee.  On the sight of the jeep, the monkey disappeared. The safari boss shifted the gun to the empty seat beside him. He climbed down from the car and strolled over to the automotive. He pointed a dictatorial finger down the highway. ‘Sorry, sir, the park has guidelines. I recited them to you this morning. One rule, ‘No getting out of the automotive,’ has been damaged. Please drive at a sluggish tempo to the exit.’

“We had been being thrown out of the safari park. For as soon as, my father didn’t argue.  The boss stood arms on hips to verify we obeyed.

“My fear: The place had been the monkey and the untended gun? I might see the newspaper headlines now: ‘Safari monkey “offs” vacationer household of 5!’”

“On our manner out, the monkey reappeared, working alongside the driving force’s facet of the automotive.  The scholar on the exit had the picket gate open. We shot previous the reward store and the fast-food counter.

“I glanced again on the monkey, now on a bench. ‘Dad, the monkey is leaping up and down, slapping his thigh!’

‘“In absolute frustration,’ smirked my father.

“‘Not precisely.’

“‘What, then?’

“‘It appears to be like like he’s laughing.’

“My father banged the steering wheel with each arms. As he turned left to the primary highway, Mom sighed: ‘Darn it, I forgot to take an image of the lions.’

“My little brother had the final phrase: ‘That monkey was a son-of-a-birch, wasn’t he, Dad?’”

Band Title of the Day: The Monkey Compound