“Don’t buy a pig in a poke.” The expression was first published in 1546–in English, anyway–in a book of proverbs collected by John Heywood. One place tells me that “poke” is an old Dutch word meaning “bag” or “sack” and another place tells me it…

As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Each wife had seven sacks. Each sack had seven cats. Each cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many were going to St. Ives? The answer will be…

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