As we've shown, the ladies' magazines of the early 19th century contained a variety of material: fiction, poetry, and politics as well as fashion, beauty advice, and helpful household hints. Some offered their readers little puzzlers every month, with the answers provided in the following month's issue. Here's a selection for you to play with this week. Answers—and the source—will appear next weekend. (Hint: Most though not all will test your punning skills.)
1. Why is a chronologist like a palm tree ?
2. Why is education like a tailor?
3. What was the first thing Adam set in his garden!
4. Which is the greatest Friday in the year ?
5. Why is a nobleman like a book ?
6. Why is avarice like a bad memory ?
7. What is the only thing a liar may be said to do after he is dead?
8. Why is an inn in sight like an inn out of sight ?
9. If I want my daughter Nancy to carry a pair of stockings to the tallest person in company, how would I address her in the most religious manner ?
10. What is that which binds people together, and touches only one ?
11. Why is the paper from which the banns of marriage are published like a daily journal ?
12. Why is a knock-kneed person like a poor man soliciting alms ?
13. Why is an egg overdone like an egg underdone ?
14. Why is a contented man like a rebel ?
15. Why is Sir Walter Scott like galvanism ?
16. In what month do ladies talk the least ?
17. Why is a parson's horse like the king?
18. Why is a pawnbroker like the devil ?
19. What is that which is always invisible, yet never out of sight ?
20. Why is a good housewife like a powerless man ?
21. Why is Virgil, translated, like hatred ?
22. Why should peas of a bad color be sent to Knightsbridge ?
23. Why is a blacksmith's apron like the gates of a convent?
24. Why may fruit be said to be the origin of swearing ?
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.