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If The Star had been published from the beginning of time, here – adapted from the web – are the front page headlines:
Gondwanaland – big break-up continues
Huge meteor – it’s curtains for dinosaurs
Man created from dust – gets open hunting licence
Second person made from first person’s rib. Both ‘doing well’
Big trouble in Eden – Eviction order follows
Abel dead – Cain indicted
Mideast floods – man aged 620 in massive animal rescue
Moses back with 10-point plan – |adultery out
Small boy slays Goliath – says ‘I just used a pebble’
Shock verdict – Solomon orders ‘cut child in half’
Caesar conquers Gaul – Britons falling back on all fronts
Three Mideast kings claim Messiah arrived
Genghis Khan advances – Europe |falls
Marco Polo returns with Sino-Venetian trade pact
Genoese navigator claims world is round
Columbus back – found India west of Portugal
Nguni Lake refugees pour into South Africa
French burn girl rebel, 19, at stake
Dutch arrive at Cape to grow fruit & veggies
Starving French told to ‘eat cake’
Heads roll in Paris
Mzilikazi’s Zulus sack northern territories
Dutch trek north after ‘verdamde Brit’ slur
The rest is history.
What is the longest common English word that remains a common word even after removing one letter at a time? That was the question a reader asked.
The word was “startling” – nine letters long. It reduces to starling, staring, string, sting, sing, sin, in, and I.
This set Margate Lumley of Farrarmere, Benoni, off. She was determined to find another and she did. The word was “abridgers”.
Okay, it’s not a common word, but it’s not rare either.
It breaks down to:
Abridger, abridge, bridge, bride, bide, bid, bi and I.
Mensans – does a longer word exist?
WELL, SINCE YOU ASKED
A friend tells me of a stockbroker who was filling out a job application when he came to the question: “Have you ever been arrested?” He wrote: “No”.
The next question, intended for those who answered with a “Yes”, was “Why?”
The stockbroker wrote: “Never got caught.”
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