Mental Floss 212

The answer to last week’s challenge is, Q: In some convents, the novice Nuns at the dinner table are not allowed to ask for anything such as salt from the other end of the table. This is because they are expected to be aware of one another’s needs that they should not need to ask. How do they get around this prohibition if they want some salt?

A: If a nun wants the salt she asks another nun nearest the salt is she would like some pepper, which is near the first nun. The second nun would reply “No, but would you like some salt”?

This week’s challenge is, a bit different:

Q: What famous cartoon character owes his existence to a misprint in a scientific journal?

The answer along with a new challenge, next week.

Have an excellent weekend!

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