Jan. 29th, 2009 @ 11:58 am (no subject)
This is an oldie from the TV show Cheers. I mention the Buffalo Theory and a lot of my younger friends give me a blank look, so I figure I'll post it here to educate the masses:

'Well you see, Norm, it's like this . . . A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the heard is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. And that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.'

And as I regularly update the quote on my gtalk account, here are some of the quotes I've put on there so far today:

With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
- Steven Weinberg

Dali is one of my favorite people in history. His love of the absurd is amazing.

There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.
- Salvador Dali

Then I went on aLewis Carroll bender. A lot of the older Unix books would start their chapters with quites from Alice In Wonderland or Through The Looking Glass. First is from Tweedledee and Tweedledum's relating the story of the Walrus And The Carpenter:

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings."

The Dormouse sharing his drunken recitation abilities:

"Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle—"'

And Alice asuming that for everything there is a "Why?":

'They were learning to draw,' the Dormouse went on, yawning and rubbing its eyes, for it was getting very sleepy; 'and they drew all manner of things—everything that begins with an M—'

'Why with an M?' said Alice.

'Why not?' said the March Hare.

Alice was silent.

Any good quotes to share?
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