From Derb's Email Bag: Brainteaser, Melanoma, And Rebecca At The Well
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Just a few on my September diary.

Brainteaser solution.  You were challenged to find the first odd number in a hypothetical dictionary. The answer is either 8,018,018,885 or 8,808,808,885, depending on precise definitions. See here.  

Melanoma.  Many thanks to all who emailed in with advice, commiserations, and personal anecdotes concerning melanoma. I am still not bothered about the thing because (a) there is nothing to see, (b) there is no pain at all, and (c) I feel perfectly fine. My date with Dr. Chen is October 13th; we'll see what he comes up with.

And while not aware of any botherment, my unconscious mind may be churning. I keep having vague imaginings of myself as a 21st-century Tycho Brahe, with a prosthetic nose made of (according to the latest scholarly consensus) brass. If matters do indeed come to that, I shall try to keep it well-polished. 

Rebecca at the well.  A reader thanked me for the reference to Rebecca at the well and reminds me that the KJV translation "has the greatest line in all of cigarette advertising in it": 

And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel. (Gen. 24:64.)

As my reader notes: "They hadn’t even consummated yet."

That goes together with the automotive verses in Isaiah, noted in my June 2019 diary

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