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Friday, September 30, 2005

Riddle For You

A guy asked me this at work today:

What is greater than God,
Satan's desire,
Possessed by the poor,
Needed by the rich,
And fatal if eaten?

I got the answer. Then he told me that most kindergarteners could answer the question, but most Stanford students couldn't. So think dumb. The answer is in the comments. (Honor system).

You just can't help yourself sometimes, can you?

There I was, thinking, like, "hmmm...sounds like a Greek thing..." or "maybe Russian..it is so fatalistic.."

I play idiot rather well, don't you think?
I got it right off.

Maybe it's a good thing I decided not to go to Stanford.
I admit....I cheated. I've heard this riddle before - I couldn't figure it out then, and I didn't even try this time. Thanks for the answer - one less of life's nagging questions for me to lug around!

Awwww..you didn't go Stanford?

Gotta be tough, wearing that Harvard yoke..
No, I avoided that yoke too. The long and the short of it is that I had quite a few rather shocking exposures to Ivy League graduates in my high school years. Without exception they were very intelligent individuals, but, no lie, graduated too stupid to pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel. It was almost as if they had been taught how not to think. Since several of them were family members and I had seen the before version, it was particularly horrifying. I still mourn my cousin. Once he had a brain.

It was that era. I think the traces of it still linger when I see things like the AUT boycott.

I was afraid it was contagious. I went to the most technical school I could find that allowed crossing over between the liberal arts and the technical/scientific faculties. None of that either/or stuff for me. I wanted a true education. Also, there were extremely hunky guys in the engineering library.

I can fix my own car!
Hmm... I had to cheat too, though I couldn't think of anything, so I should have thought nothing. No worries though -- I already knew I was brainless today (hence why another cat picture is up, lol).
The thing about cats is that they can look wise and conspiratorial even when they are thinking nothing.
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