Worthy cause of the day: Save Darfur.org. Please fill out the form to send a postcard to Bush to tell him to get off his butt and do something about the genocide occurring in the Sudan.
Worthless cause of the day: Genetically Engineer the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Petition (Submitted by Barry)
Weirdness in my life: In my readings of Nakh (the section of Tanakh/the Hebrew Bible after the Torah), I have reached the description of the War of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel. I have thus been trying to figure out where Magog is, and so (among other things) I tried searching with Google Earth. Apparently Magog is a town in Quebec. Never did I expect Canada to be eschatologically significant. ☺
Today’s (backlog of) news:
- “The Collider Calamity”
- “Prime Numbers Get Hitched”
- “As Luck Would Have It -- Are some people really luckier than others, or is it all in their heads? Both”
- “Virtual Virus is First Simulation of an Entire Life Form”
- “Saudi envoy welcomes Osirak attack”
- “Brain Cells Fused with Computer Chip”
- “Why not Hare-Clark?”
- “Pakistani pamphlets link militants to Hindus, Jews”
- “Guatemala zaps fruit flies in nuclear pest war” (Submitted by Barry.)
- “Dakota Sioux Language Saved by Scrabble”
- “Arab Nations Urged to Enter Nuclear Club”
ACCOUNTING FOR TASTE
submitted by Linda Belfry
The accountant for the law firm of Dewey, Cheatham & Howe was retiring after working for the firm for seventeen years. Cheatham was interviewing applicants, and was disappointed, as only three had even bothered to send in a resume.
After looking over the application of the first, an accountant with six years experience at Goldman Sachs, he called the first applicant in, and asked the woman what 2 plus 2 was.
She answered, “Four.”
Cheatham said he would call her if she was selected.
The second candidate was a CPA from Harvard, and at the end of the interview he was asked the same question, “What is two and two?”
The CPA replied, “Four.” Cheatham told him that he would call the young man if he was selected.
The third applicant was a recently-graduated philosophy [major]. Cheatham figured that this wasn't going to go anywhere, but thought, “What the hey? I’ve got nothing to lose.”
He interviewed the young man quickly and asked, “I know you don’t have an accountancy background, but can you tell me what two plus two is?”
To which the philosophy major replied, "Can you tell me what would you want it to be?"
And was hired on the spot.