[Ads-l] The lightning ain=?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=99t_?=distributed right. Mark Twain

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 15 09:24:08 UTC 2020

Fascinating citation, Stephen. Thanks for sharing it. I've updated the
QI article.

[Begin acknowledgement excerpt]
Special thanks to Stephen Goranson who told QI about the intriguing
1912 citation.
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On Mon, Oct 12, 2020 at 7:03 AM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:
> This is not a match but maybe somewhat related.
> "...violent rages...declaring himself...as an idiot, he said, 'I wish to God the lightning would strike me; but I've wished that fifty thousand times and never got anything out of it yet. I have missed several good chances. Mrs. Clemens was afraid of lightning, and would never let me bare my head to the storm.'"
> SG

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