Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

August 8, 2005

Life Imitates Ogden Nash

Filed under: — Different River @ 11:57 am

Or perhaps that should be, “Life Irritates Ogden Nash.”

The poet Ogden Nash once wrote:

I never saw a purple cow
I hope I never see one,
But I can tell you this right now:
I’d rather see than be one.

And on another occasion:

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree
Indeed, unless the billboards fall
I’ll never see a tree at all.

Well, now in real life, they are painting cows — at least one is painted purple — to use them as billboards!

Picture of Purple Bovine

Of course, this reminds me of the old joke about the engineer, the physicist, and the mathematician who were riding on a train through an area where none of them had ever been before. They were looking out the window, and saw a purple cow. The engineer exclaimed, “Wow, this place is really strange! They even have purple cows here.”

To which the physicist responded, “We don’t know the whole place is strange yet. All we know is that there’s one farm here with one purple cow.”

Whereupon the mathematician chimed in, “Actually, we don’t even know that. All we know is that there is one cow here with one purple side.”


2 Responses to “Life Imitates Ogden Nash”

  1. romy Says:

    *sigh* i knew there was a reason i love mathematicians … it’s their sense of humor …


  2. ollie Says:

    Here is another: a hot air balloonist was lost and it was getting dark. He spotted someone
    below him. He yelled: “do you know where I am?” The reply came back: yes. “You are
    100 feet above me in a hot air balloon.”
    The anguished balloonist said: “you must be a mathematician.” The person on the ground said
    “yes, how did you know?”
    “Simple”, replied the balloonist. “Your answer was correct, precise, and totally worthless.”

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