Pony Seekers

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Sep 30 20:31:42 UTC 2007

I remember my eighth grade math teacher telling that story, about 25
years ago. I can't recall the setup, though there are probably lots of
variations. I think he was in hell and that there were two other kids. BB

Doug Harris wrote:
> 'Sorry, Wilson. It's the play on the old story of the boy
> who, upon finding a pile of manure where he expected Christmas
> presents, goes dashing around looking for a pony, explaining
> "where there's this much manure, there must be a pony nearby."
> -------
> My reference was to the Sunday Profile article entitled "New
> idea for space travel?" in today's LA Times
> http://www.latimes.com/technology/, where in the 15th paragraph
> a retired aerospace engineer's comment on the new technology
> included the line, "He may have a pony in there."
> (the other) doug
> ------------------------------
> I'm completely missing your point, The Other Doug. What is "the old
> 'look for the pony' concept"?
> The article about a potential use for that old, mirror-facing-mirror,
> infinite-reflection phenomenon is interesting, though.
> -Wilson
> -----
>> 'Just spotted a nice use of the old "look for the pony"
>> concept:
> http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-sunprofile30sep30,0,4678458.story?coll
>> =la-tot-business&track=ntothtml
>> This seems to be quite popular among politicians and writers about
>> same, a Google search suggests.
>> I suggest documenters of this type thing keep their eyes peeled, as
>> there's a huge number of manure-producing pols running around the
>> country these days. (In case you hadn't noticed.)
>> (the other) doug

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