FFF – The City of Melbourne Has a Flag

Did you know that the City of Melbourne has its own flag? Me neither, and I think it is because it’s one of most misdesigned flags. For those who have never seen it before, it looks like this: It is made up of four quadrants, separated by the cross of Saint George, with the Royal Crown in the middle to symbolise the monarchy. In the … Continue reading FFF – The City of Melbourne Has a Flag

FFF – The Great Gatsby

If you ever read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby you’ll notice there’s a small epigraph by a man called Thomas Parke D’Invilliers. The epigraph reads as follows: Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry “lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!” The quote fits so perfectly into … Continue reading FFF – The Great Gatsby

FFF – The Seventh State of Australia

When the Australian Constitution was written in 1900 precautions were made to allow New Zealand to become a state at some point in the future. This is seen in the introductory section of the Constitution, in section 6, under Definitions. “The States shall mean such of the colonies of New South Wales, New Zealand, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, and South Australia, including the northern … Continue reading FFF – The Seventh State of Australia

FFF – Homicidal Somnambulism

Homicidal somnambulism or more commonly, homicidal sleepwalking is a formally recognised disorder. Quite interestingly it has been used as a working legal defence in around 68 cases, most recently in 2009. One example of homicidal sleepwalking was by Albert Tirrell in 1846 for the murder of a prostitute. That prostitute was Maria Bickford, she and Albert had fallen in love and had begun living together. On … Continue reading FFF – Homicidal Somnambulism

FFF – James while John had had had…

As a way to demonstrate the importance of punctuation in dealing with lexical ambiguity, a sentence was created by Hans Reichenbach which goes as follows: James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher This sentence is referring to two students who were required by an English test to describe a man who had suffered … Continue reading FFF – James while John had had had…

FFF – RAS Syndrome

RAS Syndrome is a term coined by the New Scientist in 2001. It refers to any word where one or more letters from the acronym are used in conjunction with the abbreviated form. A classic example is “PIN Number”, which in expanded form stands for “Personal Identification Number Number”. There is a touch of irony though to this syndrome or maybe clever humour on the part of … Continue reading FFF – RAS Syndrome