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July 05, 2005

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Very cool indeed. For a similar but slightly longer exercise, see appendix A of Charles Seife's _Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea_. There he proves that Winston Churchill was a carrot by allowing division by zero.

That is a big "if".
Since he was in a "public lecture", that means he was already famous and thus, this wasn't his first public lecture.
Odds are, someone, in public or private, came up with it before. I read that Richard Fyenman practicised giving quick retorts. I don't know how he practicised but I couldn't finish the article.

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