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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?
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”
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.
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