Something funny

20/03/2011

The following is from John Keat’s poem “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”

O Attic shape! Fair attitude! with brede
Of marble men and maidens overwrought,
With forest branches and the trodden weed;
Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought
As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral!
When old age shall this generation waste,
Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say’st,
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know

The following is from Douglas Adam’s novel “Restaurant at the End of the Universe.”

This was the gist of the notice. It said “The Guide is definitive. Reality is
frequently inaccurate.”

This has led to some interesting consequences. For instance, when the
Editors of the Guide were sued by the families of those who had died as a
result of taking the entry on the planet Traal literally (it said “Ravenous
Bugblatter beasts often make a very good meal for visiting tourists” instead of
“Ravenous Bugblatter beasts often make a very good meal of visiting
tourists”) they claimed that the first version of the sentence was the more
aesthetically pleasing, summoned a qualified poet to testify under oath that
beauty was truth, truth beauty and hoped thereby to prove that the guilty
party was Life itself for failing to be either beautiful or true. The judges
concurred, and in a moving speech held that Life itself was in contempt of
court, and duly confiscated it from all those there present before going off to
enjoy a pleasant evening’s ultragolf.

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