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RE: Hippos

On Fri, 20 May 2005, Dave Korn's computer deigned to emit the following stream of bytes:

> ----Original Message----
> >From: Williams, Gerald S (Jerry)
> >Sent: 20 May 2005 17:39
> > Hippo anecdote:
> >
> > I was the "mystery reader" for my son's kindergarten class
> > this week and the first book I read happened to contain a
> > picture of a hippo. My son blurts out that "hippos are
> > dangerous" which I had to confirm (while discouraging such
> > outbursts).
> >
> > I may be mistaken, but I think the other students and the
> > teacher looked at us both a bit funny after hearing that
> > we considered hippos dangerous.
> >
> > Sometimes too much knowledge is not a good thing. :-)
>   Rather than _explain_ that hippos are dangerous, what you should have done
> was *demonstrated* that hippos are dangerous.
>   Dropping one on somebody from a very great height is usually a
> sufficiently effective demonstration of this fact to convince even the most
> hardened of skeptics... :)

And, of course, even the children would understand the old parable about
hippos' poor vision.


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