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One Night At The Forum


The talk.origins newsgroup is famed for the scholarly depth and seriousness of the discussions held therewithin. For example:


Richard Harter wrote:
The saying most commonly attributed to Caesar is the famous "This is the unkindest cut of all". Caesar did indeed say that to Brutus but it was on quite a different occasion.

Caesar, you see, was not at all scrupulous in his card playing tactics. One evening whilst the lads were playing poker Julius had carefully stacked the deck to give Mark Anthony four kings and himself four aces. As he was about to deal Brutus unexpectedly reached across the table and cut the cards.

To which Mitchell Coffey added:
Caesar remained moody for the rest of the evening. It came Brutus's turn to deal. Anthony looked at his cards, threw away three. Brutus dealt him three more. Lepidus threw out one. And so on, until it gets to Caesar, who's just sitting there, sucking a cigar and mumbling distantly.

"How many cards you want?" asks Brutus.

Caesar doesn't answer.

Brutus has to raises his voice.

"How many you want!"

This finally grabs the attention of Caesar, who pops his cigar out of his mouth and utters, feebly:

"Eh? Two, Brute..."

And Herb Huston ended with:
He'd lent his ears to Marc Antony.


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