Monday, April 3, 2017

Readers Write and Miscellany


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From Steve M in respect of the assorted Sherlock Holmes quotes:

Hello Otto,

Hope all is well with you and yours. We chatted recently about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and I made mention of his great interest in the occult, and more significantly, Spiritualism. He championed the cause of a famous photograph purporting to show a couple of real fairies dancing with children –(an early snap from the Meldrum family archives perhaps?) But it was always Spiritualism that fascinated him the most. As I recall, he visited the USA, Australia and other countries, investigating the phenomenon, spending a very significant part of his vast fortune, so doing. Brings me back to our conversation the other day... when time permits, if you feel it of interest, could you do a couple of segments on Spiritualism?
Thanks, Steve.
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Martin S was not nearly as kind in respect of the Sherlock Holmes quotes . . .
Dear Otto.

Other than some glaring logical fallacies in some of the Sherlock Holmes quotes.

"Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth."

Fails the oft quoted Donald Rumsfeld "unknown unknowns", which clarifies the absurdity of reductio ad absurdum in the face of incomplete information.

(By the way Donald was criticised by many for his statements, which, in fact, provide a very powerful analytical tool in making policy and decisions in situations of limited information)

What annoys me more is this...

Anyone who believes in the Cottingley Fairies and telepathy cannot be taken seriously. (June 4th, 2015 Bytesdaily)

And certainly should not be quoted in such a prestigious publication as yours..

But the best quote does not come from Holmes, but Watson...

"No Shit Sherlock" - I am waiting for Martin Freeman run with this one in an up and coming episode from the BBC.

The other Martin...
 Thanks, the other Martin.

Btw, the quote by the other Donald that Martin is referring to is:

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Sent to me by Graham E for Noel W, who had an unfortunate bath incident recently . . .
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Further to our discussion re baths. . . . . . . .

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An elderly aristocrat living out his later year in his ancestral home, is attended by Wicks, his faithful man servant. 
 
Every night at 6.00, Wicks would runs his master a hot bath and upon his retirement to the bathroom present him with a glass of champagne and ask if there was anything else required before he also retired for the night.

The old man would grunt a dismissive thank you and Wicks then retired for the night.

One night as he asked if there was anything else required, the old man broke wind in the bath.

Wicks thanked him and left the room.

A short time later he returned with a tray covered with a cloth and said he had the items requested by the old man.

The old man protested and asked what he had brought, upon seeing the contents of the tray, he sputtered that Wicks had lost his mind and could be fired for bringing a load of junk to his master.

Wicks simply replied that on his last occasion in the bathroom, he heard the request for . . . . .

"A four bob fob watch, hot water bottle and bottle of Bovril."


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The plumber was working in a house when the lady of the house said to him "Will it be alright if I have a bath while you're having your lunch?"

"It's okay with me lady," said the plumber, "as long as you don't splash my sandwiches."

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Doctor: The best time to take a bath is before retiring.

Patient: You mean I don't need another bath until I'm sixty-five?


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A doctor asked his patient, did you drink your medicine after your bath, Mrs Jones?

No, doctor. By the time I d drunk the bath there wasn’t room for medicine.

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Thanks, Graham.
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A collection of insults with some good ones in there.

(This has nothing to do with Martin S.)





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