Ripley's Believe It or Not by John Graziano

Ripley's Believe It or Not

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, over 3 years ago

    Don’t you all wish to have met the recently late Ms. Devi?

  2. hawgowar

    hawgowar said, over 3 years ago

    I used to be able to do artillery adjustments in my head. I have no idea how I did it, they just came to me when I heard the adjust fire call over the radio in the DivArty TOC after I had read the artillery data sheet. Other than that, I’m not a super-duper wizard in math. I was a heck of a lot faster than the old FADAC computers, though.

  3. roscoedog55

    roscoedog55 said, over 3 years ago

    Alcohol is BAD for your health. Heeding this advice is akin to the clam in 60’s menthal cigarettes cleared your lungs.

  4. Cigray59

    Cigray59 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @roscoedog55

    Hardly the same. Alcohol is fine in moderation.

  5. davidf42

    davidf42 said, over 3 years ago

    My late aunt could do that. We even checked her on it by looking at old calendars. She would ask when someone’s birthday was and then she’d say “You were born on a Tuesday” (or whatever).

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  7. Fdavid

    Fdavid said, over 3 years ago

    So Could My Dad, Who also died this year (1924-3013)

  8. goweeder

    goweeder said, over 3 years ago

    @roscoedog55

    roscoedog55 said, about 7 hours ago

    “Alcohol is BAD for your health. Heeding this advice is akin to the clam in 60’s menthal cigarettes cleared your lungs.”
    …………………………………………………….
    I loved menthol cigarettes – not for any stupid health reason – they just tasted better to me. But at the age of 73, I quit smoking ( I had smoked for 60 years.) I couldn’t hold a normal conversation without running out of breath.
    Then I read in a health magazine that drinking 2 glasses of red wine was actually good for you. Any more than 2 glasses is not good.
    And I’m still here, chugging along.
    So, what were you saying?

  9. Burnout70s

    Burnout70s said, over 3 years ago

    @roscoedog55

    moderation is the key. where did it say drink wine like it’s water?

  10. potrerokid1532

    potrerokid1532 said, over 3 years ago

    @Fdavid

    3013?????

  11. Tom Flapwell

    Tom Flapwell said, over 3 years ago

    That’s nothing. There used to be famous twins (documented by Oliver Sacks among others) who could instantly tell you the day of the week for any date in an 8,000-year range. They could also tell you which date Easter would fall on for a given year. And forget a lack of formal education — they were illiterate and seemingly incapable of simple arithmetic! They couldn’t explain how they knew the dates.

  12. boldyuma

    boldyuma said, over 3 years ago

    Savants(Islands of Intelligence in the brain) like Devi pop up from time to time..
    I recall the 60 minutes story on this severely retarded blind kid
    who woke his mother up one night playing classical piano..
    Kid could hear a song once and then repeat it perfectly but
    he had to have help going to the bathroom..

  13. AmyGrantfan51774

    AmyGrantfan51774 said, over 3 years ago

    @roscoedog55

    that’s menthol

  14. roscoedog55

    roscoedog55 said, over 3 years ago

    @Cigray59 Alcohol is toxic in any amount. Only alcohol makers will have you believe otherwise.

  15. gocomicsmember

    gocomicsmember said, over 3 years ago

    Shakuntala Devi came to our school in Hong Kong in the late 1960s. Her performance was fascinating to watch. Unlike autistic savants (such as depicted in the movie Rain Man) she was quite articulate. She just had some mathematical shortcuts either memorized or hardwired into her brain. It was not just the trick of giving the correct day of the week for a particular date, but the ability to do complex, multistage calculations in her head.

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