Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (April 30, 2016)

Finnish Proverb

The echo knows all languages.


Right and Wrong

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.

… G.K. Chesterton


The Path to Q

Theodore Hook, in the supposed character of a Gower Street Undergraduate, says: “One problem was given me to work, which I did in a twinkling. Given CAB to find Q. Answer: Take your CAB through Hammersmith, turn to the left, just before you come to Brentford, and Kew is right before you.”




Back from his first tour of Europe, a disillusioned college student reports that he couldn’t get hamburgers in Hamburg, English muffins in England, London broil in London, French toast in France, or even eggs Florentine in Florence.


Cold Feet

The police officer who headed the night shift in a station house on the outskirts of Paris answered the phone and heard an agitated citizen quiver, “There’s a duel to the death scheduled for 6 a.m. in the Bois tomorrow and it’s up to you police to put a stop to it.” “We know, we know,” the officer assured him. “Your adversary has already called us.”


From an Army Manual

Tent pegs, aluminum, 9-inch, NSN 8340-00-2619749, must be painted orange. The bright color provides an easy means of locating the pegs under various light and climatic conditions during field use.

When bright orange pegs are used, they must be driven into the ground completely out of sight.


What’s in a Name?

KERBAJIAN: Turkish in derivation, identified as a occupation, kurbajuh is defined as a maker/seller of water skins/bottles.

Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-West