Monday 6 April 1987

…We got our book orders today.
I had ordered Johnny Ball’s Second Thinks book.
AND I GOT IT.
Wow…

It’s still a great read.

Ball's up

The best chapter is the one on codes and ciphers. It includes this classic riddle-me-ree:

“Have a go at solving this little problem:

N S U I M X L E B T E T R E S R S

Can you take six letters away and leave an English word you might associate with me?”

The first correct answer wins the right to claim this gag of Johnny’s as their own:

“The other day I woke up with a sick eye, so I thought I would have to go and see a sick-eye-atrist, but instead I went along to see my doctor. I realised I’d have to see him with the other eye until the sick one got better…”

3 thoughts on “Monday 6 April 1987

    • The book begins with this acknowledgement:

      “I only needed to think for a second before dedicating Second Thinks to my own children, Danny, Nicky and Zoë.”

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