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RE: offtopic helmet polishing (was Re: rm fails to remove symbolic links to directories)

----Original Message----
>From: Lionel B
>Sent: 20 April 2005 10:56

> "Christopher Faylor" wrote ...
>> On Tue, Apr 19, 2005 at 09:59:56AM +0100, Dave Korn wrote:
>>> ----Original Message----
>>>> From: Christopher Faylor
>>>> Sent: 19 April 2005 02:28
>>>> On Tue, Apr 19, 2005 at 03:49:40AM +0530, NNK_ml wrote:
>>>>> Am doing a little looking-into in to the purpose of the special
>>>>> folders in Linux though...
>>>> Just a bit of trivia: did you know that a porpoise was a mammal?
>>>> I know! I thought they were related to whales! I think science is fun!
>>> Whales are just overgrown hippopotamuses.  Um.  Hippopotami.  Hippos,
>>> goddamit.  Anyway they're just big ones.
>> Actually, all kidding aside, this is correct, right?  They think that
>> whales and hippos came from a common ancestor, don't they?
> Any two species that ever existed on the planet have a common ancestral
> species... ok, for a T. Rex and a greengage plum you might have to go
> back a bit. 
>> Also, apparently "death by hippo" is fairly common.  They are aggressive
>> beasts.
> Also short-tempered and short-sighted. 

  You're not kidding!  I used to be an opthalmologist.  We had a hippo come
in for a vision test one afternoon.  When I asked him to try and read the
smallest line on the reading chart, he was *livid*!  

  Honestly, talk about awkward customers.  We put up a sign saying 'No
hippos' after that.  Then someone pointed out that we might be in breach of
disability discrimination legislation, so we put up another sign saying
"Except guide hippos for the blind".  It was just typical we'd get a deaf
customer in that afternoon with her hearing-ear hippo. 

  After all that, I got out of the opthalmology business.

Can't think of a witty .sigline today....

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