Punch,  48 (1865), 52.

What's a Napple?



Letter, Spoof


Agriculture, Taxonomy, Natural History, Mental Illness, Materialism, Mathematics

    Perplexed by the decision of Dorchester magistrates 'that apples are no agricultural produce' or 'produced from trees that grow in cultured ground'. Following a claim by 'An American philosopher' that 'madness was a mineral', the author suggests that the apple might be an animal and thinks that Dorchester magistrates remind her of 'the 5th Proposition of Euclid'—the 'Pons Asinorum' or 'Asses' Bridge'.

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