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On Wednesday, April 17, 2002, at 10:21 , Ned Wolpert wrote:
> the representation of
> facts creates the memes... and the memes are more 'fun' when the facts
> are slightly off.
Precisely. And again, I post...
`You are sad,' the Knight said in an anxious tone: `let me
sing you a song to comfort you.'
`Is it very long?' Alice asked, for she had heard a good deal
of poetry that day.
`It's long,' said the Knight, `but very, VERY beautiful.
Everybody that hears me sing it -- either it brings the TEARS
into their eyes, or else -- '
`Or else what?' said Alice, for the Knight had made a sudden
`Or else it doesn't, you know. The name of the song is called
`Oh, that's the name of the song, is it?' Alice said, trying to
`No, you don't understand,' the Knight said, looking a little
vexed. `That's what the name is CALLED. The name really IS "THE
AGED AGED MAN."'
`Then I ought to have said "That's what the SONG is called"?'
Alice corrected herself.
`No, you oughtn't: that's quite another thing! The SONG is
called "WAYS AND MEANS": but that's only what it's CALLED, you
`Well, what IS the song, then?' said Alice, who was by this
time completely bewildered.
`I was coming to that,' the Knight said. `The song really IS
"A-SITTING ON A GATE": and the tune's my own invention.'
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