Annotations to Annotations

References in to Martin Gardner’s annotations to The Hunting of the Snark: 07: What I tell you three times is true. Chaos, Co-Ordinated by John MacDougal (pseudonym of Robert Lowndes & James Blish), p. 36~57 in Astounding Science Fiction, October 1946 11: the Baker’s 42 boxes 13 and 14: the Baker’s hot names 15: … Continue reading “Annotations to Annotations”

9.5±0.5 Snark Hunters

The Snark hunting crew consists of ten members. Is that true? This is how the crew members are introduced (MG017): 001   “Just the place for a Snark!” the Bellman cried, […] 009   The crew was complete: it included a Boots — 010   A maker of Bonnets and Hoods — 011   A … Continue reading “9.5±0.5 Snark Hunters”

Carroll & Religion

Mental Troubles Charles Darwin Thomas Cranmer Burning the Baker (by Goetz Kluge, Knight Letter № 100, 2018) Faiths Victorie in Romes Crueltie Seven Coats Thomas Cranmer’s Burning Articles of Christian faith are Axioms 42 Articles & Eschatology C.L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Eternal Punishment,pp. 345-355 in The Lewis Carroll picture book, 1899 The Baker’s 42 boxes … Continue reading “Carroll & Religion”

Burning the Baker

  The images below (click on them to read more) are related to my little article in the Knight Letter № 100 (July 2018, ISSN 0193-886X, published by the LCSNA).   Knight Letter № 100 Thomas Cranmer’s Burning Unhiding the Hidden Eschatology Article 42 in the 42 Articles My LCSNA Knight Letter links MG064 (Martin … Continue reading “Burning the Baker”

Truth isn’t Truth

I can prove that Joe Biden stole the election. What I tell you three times is true! (MG007) Let’s check the rumors. The following program counts assertions in order to check whether they are true. As everybody knows, assertions become facts if they have been told three times. The input to the function “atLeastThrice” is … Continue reading “Truth isn’t Truth”

Repetition increases perceived truth Psychonomic Bulletin & Review October 2019, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 1705–1710 Repetition increases perceived truth equally for plausible and implausible statements Lisa K. Fazio, David G. Rand, Gordon Pennycook Abstract: Repetition increases the likelihood that a statement will be judged as true. This illusory truth effect is well established; however, it has been … Continue reading “Repetition increases perceived truth”

Knight Letter № 100

In July 2018, the members of the LCSNA (Lewis Carroll Society of North America) received the 100th Knight Letter. Also in this issue, Goetz Kluge makes the case that a seventeenth-century engraving may have influenced Henry Holiday’s last illustration for The Hunting of the Snark. Goetz’s excellent blog about all things Snark is at … Continue reading “Knight Letter № 100”

This is no Cigar

Martin Gardner wrote in his Annotated Snark (1962, MG064) about Henry Holiday’s almost surreal illustration to the final Snark chapter: Thousands of readers must have glanced at this drawing without noticing (though they may have shivered with subliminal perception) the huge, almost transparent head of the Baker, abject terror on his features, as a gigantic … Continue reading “This is no Cigar”

Nose is a Nose is a Nose

  More links related to my Snark article in the Knight Letter (ISSN 0193-886X) of the LCSNA, Fall 2017, № 99: The article is online in, in (with additional images) and also here in (with permission of the Knight Letter editors). As a bonus, four additional images have been attached to that … Continue reading “Nose is a Nose is a Nose”


Did you know that lace-making is evil? 273    The Boots and the Broker were sharpening a spade— 274        Each working the grindstone in turn: 275    But the Beaver went on making lace, and displayed 276        No interest in the concern: 277    Though the Barrister tried to … Continue reading “Lace-Making”


Snarks have five marks: The fourth is its fondness for bathing-machines,       Which it constantly carries about, And believes that they add to the beauty of scenes—       A sentiment open to doubt. [The New Belfry of Christ Church, Oxford], of the best of Dodgson’s Oxford squibs, a good humored but … Continue reading “Bathing-Machines”

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