a list compiled by Alex Kasman (College of Charleston)
|When cryptologists try to break a simple code, one of the key clues is
the frequency with which letters appear. In English, the letter "a"
is one of the most frequently used letters. It is therefore curious
to note (and this is the clue to the solution of this "mystery") that when one writes out the names of the positive integers ("zero, one, two, three, ...") one does not use an "a" until one thousand! (Watch out for the bad pun at the end!)
First published in Twilight Zone magazine (1981) and reprinted in Mathenauts.
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