March 31, 2010

Of Pranks and Child Geniuses

Hey, April Fool’s Day is right around the corner! But that’s not important right now, because I want to tell you about Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859). 

This guy was a child genius. How do I know? Well, according to historians, the British child said a lot of things that blew people’s minds. For example, when Thomas was a toddler, he looked at a chimney with smoke coming out of it and asked his father, “Is that hell?

What a delightful kid!

And when Thomas was four, someone accidentally spilled hot coffee on him. After getting cleaned up, he was asked how he felt. The pre-schooler replied, “Thank you, madam, the agony is abated.”

Anyway, if anyone spills coffee on YOU tomorrow as part of their twisted April Fool’s Day prank, you have a good line to use when they ask if you're okay: “Thank you, but after these skin grafts take hold, the agony will be much abated.”

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