- 26 June 2003
- No. 5,042 (cartoon)
- This has to end.
How could it be otherwise?
- 27 June 2003
- The Pain of the Pig
- Alvin asked me why he was sick, so I told him.
Its probably the three pork chops you just inhaled, I said.
Do you think it might be trichinosis or something like that? Alvin asked.
Thats improbable, I suggested. The pig you ate was raised in the porcine equivalent of a concentration camp. The pain of the pig is no longer with the pig, its pain is now inside you.
Thats rubbish, Alvin replied.
Your argument isnt with me, I responded, your disagreement is with the pig.
- 28 June 2003
- American and German Toilet Paper
- My associates at the laboratory have repeatedly asked me more questions about my recent trip to Germany than I can answer, so I decided to provide an interactive presentation. After putting a roll of German toilet paper in one of the labs toilets, I emailed this memo:
For those of you whove recently asked me what Germany is really like, Ive placed a roll of German toilet paper in Bathroom C. The German paper is darker and coarser than its American counterpart. Achtung! The German toilet paper is narrower than the paper youve been using; plan accordingly.
- My interactive experiment was a success; no one asks me about Germany any more.
- 29 June 2003
- Authorship and Originality
- Herman asked me which one of Sol Lewitts works I plagiarized to make my piece, One Hundred and Eighty-Four Lines Generated Randomly Within Certain Subjectively Chosen Parameters Resulting In Five Empty Diagonal Corridors.
Beats me, I said. I think it was more or less my idea, but it really doesnt matter. Its like Karl Valentin observed, Its all been said already, though not yet by me.
Authorship and originality are overrated.
- 30 June 2003
- Increased Aleness
- Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, system administrators have posted advertisements in subway stations announcing, Weve increased our alertness. The government employees dont appear to be any more vigilant; no one ever inspects the contents of large suitcases capable of holding dozens of kilograms of plastic explosives.
An anonymous citizen corrected a misleading announcement by deleting the rt from alertness, resulting in the much more probable pronouncement, Weve increased our aleness.
Later, I saw what appeared to be two empty cans of Rainier Ale beneath a BART train drivers seat.
- 1 July 2003
- Roller Considerations
- I saw a man driving a pompous, powder-blue Rolls Royce near the lab on Folsom Street in San Francisco. I couldnt avoid noticing such an ostentatious vehicle, and, by extension, its driver.
A man with a grossly misshapen head piloted the tank with a grille the size of a tombstone down the street. He reminded me of John Merrick as depicted in the film Elephant Man, although he didnt appear that grotesque. Why was he driving a pretentious car that was designed to attract attention?
Money does strange things to people.
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