[Ads-l] Anecdote: Knowing where to tap

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 7 01:11:58 EST 2017

An entry on this topic is now available.

Knowing Where To Tap

[Begin acknowledgement]
Great thanks to Alan R. Hesketh whose inquiry led QI to formulate this
question and perform this exploration. Also thanks to discussants Dan
Goncharoff, Wilson Gray, and Neal Whitman. Special thanks to James A.
Landau for pointing out the existence of the Steinmetz anecdote. In
addition, thanks to discussants at Snopes and Metafilter.
[End acknowledgement]

Feedback welcome

On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 11:01 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Neal Whitman wrote:
>> I've come across this story as an artist being asked to draw something
>> like a logo. He does so with a few strokes. The rest of the story you
>> can fill in.
> Thanks for your comment, Neal. Below is a Picasso anecdote that I
> suspect is analogous to the logo-design-in-a-few-strokes tale to which
> you have alluded. A tourist approaches Picasso while he is dining and
> boldly asks for a sketch by the artist:
> . . .

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