A Witty Comeback from 1824

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To celebrate our 225th anniversary, we’re looking through our archives to bring you 225 pieces of wit, wisdom, and fun in a series we’re calling Almanac Treasures (see more of them here).

“A Self-conceited coxcomb was introducing an acquaintance to a large company, whose physiognomy was not very prepossessing. Thinking to be extremely witty, he thus addressed the company who rose at his entrance. “I have the honor to introduce Mr. _______, who is not so great a fool as he looks to be.” The young man immediately replied to this introduction, “Therein consists of the difference between my friend and me.”

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1824 Old Farmer's Almanac

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