Ulam Paradox


The famous mathematician Stanislaw Ulam thought of the following paradox, which is now known as the Ulam Paradox: When President Richard Nixon was appointed to office, on the first day he met his cabinet he said to them: ‘None of you are yes-men, are you?’ And they all said, ‘NO!’

— Raymond Smullyan, A Mixed Bag, 2016

[Reblogged from The Futility Closet]

Did You Ever?

Did you ever stop reading suddenly and return to reread a sentence, possibly more than once, and consider how it was written and whether it even made sense?

I do this all the time. Just this morning while reading Anne Perry, one of the posh characters responded to Inspector Pitt:

I'm sorry you have taken the trouble to return, since
I'm quite sure I can tell you nothing more.

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