Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo*
Wyoming bison [that] Montana bison bully [in turn] bully Idaho bison.
“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
–Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World
“The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”
–Carl Sagan, Broca’s Brain
“If your mother says she loves you, check it out.”
“It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.”
–Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Rev. James Madison (cousin of President James Madison)*
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then why is there evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?
–Unknown origin (though often — and possibly falsely — attributed to Epicurus)
“So, thanks to all at once and to each one,
Whom we invite to see us crowned at Scone.”
–W. Shakespeare, Macbeth, ~1606
[no entry for scone]
J. Nott, The Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary, 1723*
[no entry for scone]
–S. Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language, 1768*
SCONE, or SCOON, a royal palace and town of Scotland, in the county of Perth. It is the place where the kings of Scotland were usually crowned, and is 40 miles No of Edinburgh.
–J. Barclay, A Complete and Universal English Dictionary, 1792
–F.H. Vizetelly, A Desk-book of Twenty-five Thousand Words Frequently Mispronounced, 1917*
Harold [Edward Monro] looked at me sadly. “We pronunce [sic] it ‘skun,’ ” he said.
–L. Untermeyer, From Another World: The Autobiography of Louis Untermeyer, 1939
scone (skon) n. a small, flat round plain cake
—The Simon & Schuster Young Readers’ Illustrated Dictionary, 1984
“scone” shown to rhyme with “stone”
–B.G. Redfield, Capricorn Rhyming Dictionary, 1986