Trivia Teaser

Which US president was once CIA chief?

Theodore Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
George W Bush
George HW Bush



By Christine Lovatt

There’s a legend that Amish quilters make a deliberate error in every quilt they make. It was known as a humility block, from the idea that only God is perfect, so making a perfect quilt is a sin of pride. I like this credo – maybe we could adopt it?  However, Amish people say this is only a superstition, probably a cover-up for the inevitable mistake.

There are many famous examples of mistakes made in the past. Columbus thought he’d reached India, hence the native Americans were called Indians.

The Cinderella story has always made people wonder how anyone could wear a slipper made of glass. Not only uncomfortable but downright dangerous. However, it seems that when the story was translated from French, the word for glass verre was used instead of vair, meaning squirrel fur (much more comfortable!).

When the xray was first invented, merchants in London sold xray-proof underwear because of rumours circulating that the new xray invention would enable peeping Toms to use xray glasses to see through clothes.

This error did not go unnoticed by the rest of the world. Georgie Fame wrote a song about Bonny and Clyde in which he sang about the pair stuffing their loot into a dewlap bag. It should have been a burlap bag, burlap being a hemp fabric, while dewlap is loose skin on the throat!

 I’ll let Oscar Wilde have the last word:

“Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”


Happy puzzling!



1 Response to


nan6 said:
February 22, 2008 at 10:56 AM


he who makes no mistakes learns nothing