Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 12 17:21:35 UTC 2011

What amazes me is that this kind of thing should get any traction, to
begin with. If everything claimed in that e-mail were absolutely true,
what would be interesting about it?

Well, there is that claim that "everybody ain't able," as we
catch-phrase in the 'hood. Maybe that's what triggers continuing
interest: "Because *I* can do this, I'm *special*! And not in the
'special needs' sense, either!"

IMO, a more interesting question is: How is it that I can still "tell"
what dish tastes goodly and what dish tastes badly, when I have no
sense of taste, anymore? My wife would love to have that explained to

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 12:31 PM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:
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> Poster: Â  Â  Â  Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU>
> Subject: Â  Â  Â Re: Really?
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> On Sep 12, 2011, at 9:05 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> Could the IMO BS claim in this chain-email possibly be any parts of
>> true? It strikes me as ridiculous...
> this particular items crops up again and again. Â i posted on it on LLog in 2007, in "Scrambling in Internet folklore" --
> with a link back to Mark Liberman's 2003 discussion, in "INVERALENT JUMUMBLE AT THE GUARDIAN" --
> apparently, trash never dies. Â azanmig, hunh?
> arnold
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