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Fidelity

Who said nobody reads my math posts?

“Derb—I replaced the commas with newlines and used the Unix ‘diff’ program to compare the two numbers. 12520c12520 454. (That means that the difference was found on line 12,520, or after the 12,520th comma.)”

[Derb] Unix? Aren’t they the chubby fellows with high-pitched voices who hang around the harem?

My late mother, a lady of delicacy and restraint, knew only one off-color joke, which she could only be prevailed upon to tell after a fifth glass of sherry. I shall now share this joke with you.

Esther Alice Derbyshire’s joke:

Q: What is the difference between a sex-starved Eskimo and a eunuch?

A: The first is a frigid midget with a rigid digit. The second is a massive vassal with a passive tassel.

I miss you, Mum.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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