Leo Tolstoy, the great Russian novelist (War and Peace), died on this day in 1910. Near the end of his life he wrote:
"The meaningless absurdity of life is the only incontestable knowledge accessible to man."
Today's Perverse Verse:
If you think life's absurd,
You may not have heard
There's another one waiting,
Even more excruciating.
If you long for -- at long last -- death,
Save your breath.