Saturday, 27 March 2010
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On the Guardian Science Podcast there was a bloke who had investigated the funniest joke in the World. It was like an old Monty Python sketch where they invented a lethal wartime joke so powerful that developers could only work on it one word at a time.
Apparently it's this:
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go on a camping trip. After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night, and go to sleep.
Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."
"I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes" replies Watson.
"And what do you deduce from that?"
Watson ponders for a minute.
"Well, astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe.
What does it tell you, Holmes?"
Holmes is silent for a moment.
"I think you'll find, Watson, " he says slowly, "that some bastard has stolen our tent."
(No, me neither)
PS Did Mike Nesmith's Mum invent Tipp Ex? Correct me if I'm wrong.