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

On Wed, Apr 20, 2005 at 07:24:48PM +0100, Dave Korn wrote:
>----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.

I'm not surprised.  You obviously never really subscribed to the
hippocratic oath.


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