July 23, 2005

Cleaning Out the Office

1. Saw a stretch Hummer the other day. After I got done boggling, I thought--how is this different from a shrunken school bus?

2. An example that requires more attention: The Sock Sorites. You do a laundry containing 100 pairs of socks. Each pair is visually indistinguishable from the one next to it, but the first pair is clearly black and the hundredth pair is clearly blue. When sorting the socks, you pair each sock with a visually indistinguishable one; but after folding 99 pairs, you're left with one blue sock and one black sock.

[There was at least one other joke I meant to put in the original post but I forgot what it was. Herewith these additions:]

3. Last night I ate dinner at a restaurant called "Barossa." The bar it contained in did not seem to be called "Bar Barossa." What is wrong with these people?

4. On the same block: A bar called "Ces't La Vie." We could actually see how you'd arrive at that rule for placing apostrophes.

5. I think my big mistake in the online Law Rap Battle I recently took part in was that when I rhymed "heterosexist" with "Lawrence v. Texas," I failed to include a reference to Lexis-Nexis, thus going one better on Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Lexus/Texas/sexist" rhyme. Though the original context indicates that Snoop may not know what "sexist" means (actually his whole career indicates that he probably doesn't know what it means; and I see that he had "flexes" in there too, so never mind).

No, my real big mistake was not posting this. Wow.

Posted by Matt Weiner at July 23, 2005 01:05 PM

You must have some pretty severe tunnel vision.

Posted by: ben wolfson at July 23, 2005 08:18 PM

The socks aren't ranged in order when they come out of the laundry.

Posted by: Matt Weiner at July 24, 2005 01:16 PM

A stretch Hummer still has four wheel drive (probably) and a school bus does not. On the other hand, a school bus still has its dignity.

Posted by: Richard Mason at July 27, 2005 10:35 AM

Hey, great to hear from you Richard! You're exactly right. And the 4WD makes me think--wouldn't it be lovely to see someone try to take a stretch Hummer off-road?

(I left out the funniest part of the story, which was that the Hummer was trying to turn a corner when I saw it. It definitely didn't preserve its dignity.)

Posted by: Matt Weiner at July 27, 2005 11:02 AM