Monday, September 19, 2005

 

Age old question answered on subway

You’re all probably familiar with the College Lit 101 insight, which is probably true, that there are “only X number of stories,” and that these are recycled throughout the history of literature. But “X” equals just how many stories?

Today, I heard this dialogue on the subway:
YOUNGER WOMAN: You know what they say, there are only, what, seven stories or something?
OLDER RUSSIAN LADY: 100.
YOUNGER WOMAN: What?
OLDER RUSSIAN LADY: (authoritatively) There are 100 stories.
There's your answer. QED.

Comments:
How old do I have to be before I can start saying things authoritatively?
 
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