Wednesday, 22 September 2004

Self Referential Sentences

Here are some sentences that make you chuckle, do a double-take, or just plain scratch your head in bemusement. These are a select few culled from Douglas Hofstadter's Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern.

  • This sentence no verb.
  • because I didn't think of a good beginning for it.
  • This sentence was in the past tense.
  • A preposition this sentence ends in. (Yoda might have said this...)
  • This sentence is a !!!! premature punctuator
  • It goes without saying that
  • When one this sentence into the German to translate wanted, would one the fact exploit, that the word order and the punctuation already with the German conventions agree.
  • It feels sooo good to have your eyes run over my curves and serifs.
  • Do you read me?
  • If I said something else, would it still be me saying it?
  • If I were you, who would be reading this sentence?
  • The reader of this sentence exists only while reading me.
  • In the time it takes you to read this sentence, eighty-six letters could have been processed by your brain.
  • This sentence will end before you can say "Jack Rob
  • Does this sentence remind you of Agatha Christie?
  • You have, of course, just begun reading the sentence that you have just finished reading.
  • (Here's an interactive sentence! Can you solve it? Fill in the blanks with any digits.)
    In this sentence, the number of occurrences of '0' is __; of '1' is __; of '2' is __; of '3' is __; of '4' is __; of '5' is __; of '6' is __; of '7' is __; of '8' is __; and of '9' is __.
  • This sentence contains exactly threee erors. (Get it?)
  • This sentence is false. (But it says it's false, so it's true! But if it's true...)

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