Saturday, July 30, 2011
Pop quiz. Which of the following things did Sycorax Pine see or step over on her walk home from the library yesterday?
- A mongoose
- A gecko
- a desiccated gecko skeleton
- a full 180 degrees of rainbow
- a toilet in the middle of the sidewalk
Extra credit to any who can (as my mother did*) conceive of a story which makes "All of the above" into a meaningful narrative.
* Here's my mom's explanation: "A mongoose and a gecko were walking along the street in Hawaii.
Mongoose: 'Let's go to the library.'
Gecko: 'No, look! There's a rainbow to follow.'
After some argument on relative merits, they follow the rainbow, only to find it ends in a toilet containing a desiccated gecko skeleton. Haven't quite figured out the moral: something to do with gold vs. libraries...?".
Bear in mind that my mother was a librarian.