The Paragraph…

Sometimes things get too serious, so for a brief escape from the seriousness I present, “The Paragraph”…

This paragraph looks so ordinary that most folks think nothing at all is wrong with it – and, in fact, nothing actually is wrong with it.  But it is highly unusual. Why? If you study this paragraph thoroughly and think about it long and hard, you might possibly crack it. But I’m not going to assist you in any way; you must do it on your own, without coaching. Go at it optimistically; don’t quit. No doubt, if you work at it for long it will dawn on you. So try your skill. How fast can you do it? Par is about half an hour.

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Author: G.D.

I'm from Pensyltucky. Can trace my ancestry directly to whom the present day national anthem of Poland is written about. Presently repair slot machines at a casino.

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  1. G.D.:
    How fast can you do it? Par is about half an hour.

    Not that long….

    [spoiler title="Hint"]If Youth, throughout all history, had had a champion to stand up for it; to show a doubting world that a child can think; and, possibly, do it practically; you wouldn’t constantly run across folks today who claim that “a child don’t know anything.” A child’s brain starts functioning at birth; and has, amongst its many infant convolutions, thousands of dormant atoms, into which God has put a mystic possibility for noticing an adult’s act, and figuring out its purport.

    Up to about its primary school days a child thinks, naturally, only of play. But many a form of play contains disciplinary factors. “You can’t do this,” or “that puts you out,” shows a child that it must think, practically, or fail. Now, if, throughout childhood, a brain has no opposition, it is plain that it will attain a position of “status quo,” as with our ordinary animals. Man knows not why a cow, dog or lion was not born with a brain on a par with ours; why such animals cannot add, subtract, or obtain from books and schooling, that paramount position which Man holds today.[/spoiler]

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  2. Since we’re kind of getting beyond spoilers here, those interested in exploring such puzzles further should check out Gadsby.  Clicking that link is, of course, a spoiler for the original post.  The full text of Gadsby is available at Project Gutenberg.

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