[Ads-l] Milli-Helen: The quantity of beauty required to launch exactly one ship

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sun May 9 14:11:31 UTC 2021

It's worth noting that Asimov was born in 1920, so he would have been in
his mid-30s when the term began to circulate.  Can Mario Castillo be
identified and dated?

Also: according to the Wikipedia bio, Rushton was a physiologist, not a
mathematician.  William Albert Hugh Rushton FRS (8 December 1901 – 21 June
1980) was professor of Physiology at Trinity College, Cambridge. His main
interest lay in colour vision and his Principle of Univariance is of
seminal importance in the study of perception.


On Sat, May 8, 2021 at 11:51 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>

> An article about the humorous unit described in the subject line has
> now been posted to the Quote Investigator website.
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__quoteinvestigator.com_2021_05_08_milli-2Dhelen_&d=DwIBaQ&c=slrrB7dE8n7gBJbeO0g-IQ&r=v2Wtu7DQZxSBMSJv-oEMNg&m=4wbP0u79OlbMeY76VeBX-URkdaFFOalUSyOOkcNaueg&s=hituozUjn_Gn1_xTA-OPMeoHiIBGzKr5M9qh8ZMY9j4&e=
> A discussion on this topic occurred on this mailing list way back in
> 2011, and another occurred last week. Here is the somewhat lengthy
> acknowledgement accompanying the QI article.
> [Begin acknowledgement]
> Great thanks to the 2011 and 2021 mailing list discussants on this
> topic including: Stephen Goranson, Jesse Sheidlower, Wilson Gray,
> Laurence Horn, Dave Hause, Pete Morris, and David Daniel. The 2011
> discussion inspired QI to initiate this research and ultimately led QI
> to create this article.
> Thanks to Pete Morris who found the crucial 1954 match in "Punch"
> magazine. Thanks to Jeffrey Graf at the Herman B Wells Library of
> Indiana University, Bloomington. Graf accessed and verified the match
> in "Punch". Thanks to Stephen Goranson who pointed to the February 23,
> 1958  citation in "The Observer". Thanks to Jesse Sheidlower who
> identified the February 26, 1958 citation in "The Manchester
> Guardian".
> [Begin acknowledgement]
> Garson O'Toole
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society -
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.americandialect.org&d=DwIBaQ&c=slrrB7dE8n7gBJbeO0g-IQ&r=v2Wtu7DQZxSBMSJv-oEMNg&m=4wbP0u79OlbMeY76VeBX-URkdaFFOalUSyOOkcNaueg&s=w966VFERS41luQdvfqlj0d6xdEGWqjWpFK66WTdpoqI&e=

George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.

But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
your lowly tomb. . .
L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112

The Trump of Doom -- also known as The Dunghill Toadstool.  (Here's a
picture of his great-grandfather.)

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