Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Questions you shouldn't ask: Finding Things

Greenland Ice
Last place to look?

Never ask the following question when you finally find something you've been looking for:
"Why is it always in the last place you look?"
A fool's question! Who but a fool keeps looking after finding it?

(The "you" here in the question doesn't mean specifically you, of course. It's the universal you.)



At 3:43 AM, Anonymous Felix M said...

A reasonable formulation would be something like, "Why was this in the place that one would think the least likely for it to be in (of the places that it could feasibly be in)".

But this is too unwieldy for normal discourse. So us normal chumps protest, "Why was this in the last place that I looked?" Or similar.

Given this account, I further suggest that us normal chumps knows that we are expressing a complex idea a little too loosely. And, indeed, we are often aware, to some extent, we are, in formal terms, speaking tautologically.

At 5:38 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

You're right, of course, and I hope no one takes my joke too seriously.

Jeffery Hodges

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