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March 17th, 2010


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05:44 pm
Werner Heisenberg, Kurt Gödel, and Noam Chomsky walk into a bar.

Heisenberg says, "It's very odd and improbable that we three are in this bar together. It suggests to me that we're in a joke, but I can't be certain."

Gödel says, "Well, if we were outside the joke we would know, but since we're inside it, there's no way we can make that determination."

And Chomsky says, "Of course this is a joke, but you're telling it wrong!"
-Mike Ford

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From:coyotegoth
Date:March 17th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Mike Ford, yes?
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From:skwidly
Date:March 17th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
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I was gonna say, no credit to ML?
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From:theweaselking
Date:March 17th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
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I got it via IM without attribution. I've added a link!
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From:theweaselking
Date:March 17th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Googling: Looks like yes!
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From:panzerwalt
Date:March 17th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
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>_<

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From:almostwitty
Date:March 18th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
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Obviously this joke seperates the intellectuals from the hoi polloi.

I'll be with the hoi polloi.
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From:theweaselking
Date:March 18th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
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Would this be a bad time to point out that "the Hoi Polloi" is like saying "Automatic ATM Machine" or "Personal PIN Number"?

"Hoi" means "the".
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From:almostwitty
Date:March 18th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
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but then writing "I'll be with hoi polloi" just *reads* wrong.

I'll be with the people watching Oprah and Jersey Shore. It's obviously where I belong. :(
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From:theweaselking
Date:March 18th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I have to agree, it really does sound wrong if you leave out "the"
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From:theweaselking
Date:March 18th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Also: The joke itself isn't *that* complicated. The only things you need to know are that Heisenberg is famous for the Uncertainty Principle (you don't even need to know what it is, beyond that it deals with probabilities and the physical impossibility of certainty), Godel is a logician who stressed the need for proofs and did a lot of work on proving whether or not a proof was possible, and Chomsky is a bit of an abrasive dick.
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From:almostwitty
Date:March 18th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
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I knew that about Heisenberg (thank you Star Trek!) but the other two required a Wikipedia search.

Who needs to know anything when you have the Internet?
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From:dglenn
Date:March 20th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
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Works a bit better in the form, "I'll be with οι πολλοι". (Or, for that matter, leaving it in Roman characters but using italics to set off the foreign phrase, "I'll be with hoi polloi," or "I'll be with the polloi." (I'm not picky about which redundant 'the' you strike.))

[I can't quite get the rough breathing mark to show up in my browser ... sorry.]
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From:ambug666
Date:March 18th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Is this the same Mike Ford who was a member of Moxy Fruvous?

Edited at 2010-03-19 05:08 pm (UTC)
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From:interactiveleaf
Date:March 19th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Nope.

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