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ANSWERED on Wed 17 Oct 2007 - 8:43 am UTC by Phil Answerfinder

Question: For $2: What is the name of Isaac Newton's dog?

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 17 Oct 2007 06:05 UTCWed 17 Oct 2007 - 6:05 am UTC 

I've always understood that the Minimum Price for a Question on Uclue was $5 but I now have it IN WRITING that a Researcher will provide me with the name of Ikky's dog(s) for only $2.

Actually, Ikky owned FIFTY SEVEN doggies during his lifetime and I now demand all their names.

I am not quite sure how this Bargain Basement offer works so for an extra $3 I would also like to know the name of Olivia Newton-John's dog - if she has one.

However, if I am asking the impossible, I would settle for a date with the lovely Olivia and YES I will be wearing black leathers for the occasion.

PS Who the hell is Isaac Newton anyway?


Phil Answerfinder 


 17 Oct 2007 08:43 UTCWed 17 Oct 2007 - 8:43 am UTC 


Your $2 question has revealed a debate which has split the scientific and academic world: did Isaac Newton own a dog? OK, I am exaggerating slightly, but still, it is an interesting story.

It has been written that upon returning to his bedroom Newton found that his dog, Diamond, had overturned a lighted taper or candle on his desk and this had burnt a number of papers. He is reported to have exclaimed, “Oh Diamond, Diamond, little do you know the mischief you have done me.”

This account first appeared in 1790 and has been repeated many times. Some have alleged that the burning of the papers led to a period of insanity.

However, most careful biographers agree that the story is unreliable. Most cite Humphrey Newton, Isaac’s secretary, who wrote that Newton ‘kept neither dog nor cat in his chamber.”
Isaac Newton: Adventurer in Thought  By A. Rupert Hall 1996

A Biographical Sketch of Sir Isaac Newton By Edmund Fillingham King, 1858.
“the scene is always laid in London. But there is no record whatever of any such fire having happened on his premises in London or of his ever having kept a dog either in Cambridge or London and Dr Humphrey Newton of Grantham who was his assistant and amanuensis says that he never had any communion with dogs or cats”,307,824,224&source=bookclip

Isaac Newton: Eighteenth Century Perspectives
By Alfred Rupert Hall 1999 - page 175
“Dog Diamond first wreaked his damage in Wensley-Dale; or Rural Contemplation (1780) by one Thomas Maude.”

I have been unable to find any other evidence of any other dog owned by Newton.

Now for $3 worth of Olivia Newton-John.

The Only Olivia International Fan Club provide the following information from her television appearances and interviews.

Owns a red setter

Red setter named Jackson

Two Great Danes and Jackson, a red setter.

Red setter named Scarlet

1998 A fine collection of different animals.
“There's one sitting on my lap right now, a cat - Flea. I have two other cats - Tigger & Caesar. I have three dogs, Ebony who is a black - surprise! - half Irish setter/half Lab; one ten year old Bijon Frise, Snowy (guess what color he is?); and Rouge who is a nine month old Pomeranian - if you know any French, you'll know what color she is. We're very original in our house. Two cocatiels - Tweety and Rainbow. They're chirping as I say that! We also have a pondful of goldfish.”

2005 - 2006
Red setter named Jack

Or, did you mean a dog dancing to Olivia Newton-John?

Hope this answers your $2 and $3 questions.
I have found the impossible, so a date with ON-J is out of the question.



John E 


 17 Oct 2007 08:50 UTCWed 17 Oct 2007 - 8:50 am UTC 

Black leathers? Hmmm....




 17 Oct 2007 09:04 UTCWed 17 Oct 2007 - 9:04 am UTC 


Once again, I underestimated your research skills and you have achieved the impossible.

Many thanks, although actually I would have preferred a date with Olivia.

Also, I now know that you own a circus - or at least a menagerie.

When you next play Las Vegas, I will dress up as a clown and bring some real excitement to the occasion.



And why not?


Phil Answerfinder 


 17 Oct 2007 11:05 UTCWed 17 Oct 2007 - 11:05 am UTC 


Thank you for the tip.
If I never need a clown then "You're The One That I Want".





 17 Oct 2007 15:44 UTCWed 17 Oct 2007 - 3:44 pm UTC 

Isaac Newton never had a cat? Preposterous!

Sir Isaac Newton is most famous for being the inventor of the catflap, that little pet door you install in an outside door that allows the cat or dog to come and go as it pleases. To say such a genius inventor never kept a cat is nonsense.

Some may argue that Newton attained fame for other inventions but I ask you: how many of you have used binomial theory? Polynomials of degree three in two variables? Harmonic series? While he may have made some interesting observations about gravity it is hardly remarkable. As I have said before, the stuff is everywhere. They even keep it on over the weekend.

Conversely, how many of you have let the cat out... and then in... and then stood as the dratted beast is halfway in and out? How often in your lives have you put the dog out, collected the dog, called the dog, wondered where the dog was, pleaded with the dog to come in out of the rain already because you know what wet dog smells like and you really don't want to deal with THAT today?

Only a genius who didn't want to be doorman to a master with a brain the size of a walnut could come up with so brilliant a solution. Isaac Newton, the greatest inventor of all time!




 17 Oct 2007 16:03 UTCWed 17 Oct 2007 - 4:03 pm UTC 


The question of who invented the Cat Flap is hard to say with 100% accuracy.

Centuries ago, folk in Spain used to cut holes in their doors to allow their cats to pass through.

In any event, the Cat Flap is an invention of The Devil.

Ask my friend ... who has a Lady Cat AND a Cat Flap ...

Which allows 'gentlemen' callers to visit her and leave foul-smelling evidence behind.

I believe the Cat Flap was invented by the makers of Steam Cleaners, for obvious reasons.



la phantom 

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 17 Oct 2007 21:12 UTCWed 17 Oct 2007 - 9:12 pm UTC 

A Master Researcher!!!! Thanks for the knowledge; I guess I dared and got this started, so I must tell Probo the story:

1. Isaac (aka Wayne) Newton had a dog named "Diamond" and I don't believe he had 57 doggies unless he was feeding them mercury in the hopes that they would deliver gold nuggets.

This must remain hearsay as I can't prove it unless you up the price to $100,, sorry, $200 and an extraordinary tip of 99.8K.
In 1984 I joined a new girlfriend at a park picnic where I irritated a sizable bunch playing trivial pursuit....I was on such a roll until the question was "What was the name of Isaac Newton's dog?". Being flabbergasted and feint, I quickly thought gravitas, apple blossom, goldie, and yes, even a wild stab with "Cal", but it was Diamond and I was laughed out of the park because I had been so so cocky with my trivial knowledge.

It is impossible to forget "Diamond" after 23 years and I think about him annually as I can't figure why old Newton didn't name him something normal like "Roger" or "Leibniz".  I decided his name was "Dia Monde"......."Across the World".

2. Olivia's dawg is named Patrick, but he's missing in action, so opportunity still lurks for Probo.

3. I'm a little dream date is Sophia Loren, but my wife frowns on any attempts to contact her!!!!




 17 Oct 2007 21:24 UTCWed 17 Oct 2007 - 9:24 pm UTC 

Darn it all. I need new bifocals. I had thought the question was "What is the name of Isaac Newton's hog?"

And I was going to say "Pig Newton, of course."





 18 Oct 2007 05:25 UTCThu 18 Oct 2007 - 5:25 am UTC 

Many thanks, Le Fantôme and Piggyfreud

Notwithstanding Answerfinder's excellent answer, I am still VERY INTERESTED in a date with the lovely Olivia.

Indeed, for the foreseeable future, I shall now be wearing my Black Leathers - which have already sent the Sublime John into a tizzy.

Believe me, that was NOT what I had intended but, of course, you never know ...

I am now in the market for a black wig.

Hey, hey WATCH OUT!



John E 


 19 Oct 2007 04:03 UTCFri 19 Oct 2007 - 4:03 am UTC 

For the record, I said hmmm, not mmmm...

This reflects not so much a tizzy as my thoughts about the irony of a question about a dog, which suggests some degree of concern for the welfare of animals, and the concurrent mention of the practice of wearing leathers, which, if genuine, would seem to contradict said concern.

What if Olivia is one of those pet lovers who abhors the wearing of leather?

THINK, man!

Sublime Juan




 19 Oct 2007 05:57 UTCFri 19 Oct 2007 - 5:57 am UTC 

I don't know about now, Sublime Juan, but I do know for sure that in 1978 the lovely Olivia adored a guy in Black Leathers.

What is more, she also wore Black Leathers herself!

So, OK, maybe they were plastic but they certainly looked like leather.

Of course, it's ironic that any American can write about 'the welfare of animals' ...

After what happened to the buffalo ...

And what do Macdonalds, Burger King, KFC, etc. use extensively every day for food?

THINK, man!

Bryan Zuko




 20 Oct 2007 15:44 UTCSat 20 Oct 2007 - 3:44 pm UTC 

"Ickie" did indeed have a dog named Diamond, but one paw was badly burned in that fire he started, and after that Newton took to calling him " 'rithmatic" because he always "put down 3 and carried the 1" ...


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