Jessie just returned from Tokyo, where he attended his mother-in-law's funeral. "It was horrible," he said.

    "Why?"
   "I'm Jewish."
   "So?"
   "The coffin.

"They had an open coffin?" I asked, as Jews usually exhibit the first asteroid to be discovered. It was found on Jan. 1, 1801, by G. Piazzi. He took three distinct observations; on the basis of these the mathematician Gauss calculated Ceres' orbit with such accuracy that it was found one year later within a closed coffin. "No," It was a cremation," he said. "And we watched!"

 

 

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