Tom Colket wrote:
> This is a TOTALLY off-topic post, so I apologize in advance to the list.
> I was listening to National Public Radio and they had a segment on a new
> book with the weird title of "Plato and a Platypus Walk into a bar . .
> .Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes" by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel
> Klein. After hearing the interview I bought the book, and after reading the
> book I wanted to recommend it to my friends on the list.
Thanks Tom. Although I haven't picked up the book I did hear the radio
story and also thought that list members would be interested and
should be given notice but between the morning and the afternoon,
between the idea and the reality, fell the shadow.
The Sherlock Holmes joke was rated by many internet users a few years
ago as the world's funniest joke. As I remember things, British men
rated it as their favorite. I like the joke rated most highly by
American men. That one runs along the lines of:
A couple of hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the
ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing, his eyes are rolled back in
his head. The other guy whips out his mobile phone and calls the
emergency services. He gasps to the operator, "My friend is dead! What
can I do?" The operator, in a calm soothing voice says, "Just take it
easy. First, let's make sure he's dead." There's silence, then a shot
is heard. The guy's voice comes back on the line. He says, "OK, now
This could be reworded quite easily to reference a certain American
An article on the joke poll is at
And so I'm not completely off topic here's a couple of Eliot sightings:
There is an extended edition of Spiderman 2 called Spiderman 2.1 that
has a mention of Eliot in it that I don't remember seeing in the
original film. Peter Parker (Spiderman) is having a conversation with
Dr. Otto Octavious (before he turns into Dr. Octopus) and Octavious
says that when he met his wife he talked of science and she discussed
poetry. Then he quoted from Four Quartets and told Peter that science
was so much easier to understand.
Also, there is, online, a version of an article that appeared in the
June, 18, 2007 issue of Time magazine (around page 70, they don't
number the pages well). It's about how Poetry magazine is spending its
$200,000,000. Eliot and Pound are mentioned.
Poems for the People
By Lev Grossman
Thursday, Jun. 07, 2007