Rationality Quotes May 2012

The Imaginary Mongoose

Mr R. G. Knowles, on being asked what he considered to be the best story he had ever heard, instanced the following: —

An inquisitive gentleman, riding in a carriage in one of the London tube railways, noticed that a man opposite him carried upon his knees a small black box of somewhat peculiar construction. The inquisitive one eyed it furtively for a brief while, then, unable to restrain his curiosity, he leaned forward and remarked: —

"You seem to take great care of that box, sir. May I ask what it contains?"


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Is this a true story, and if so, did it work?

19tgb8yLove the story, but the punchline shouldn't be spoiled in the title!

Rationality Quotes May 2012

by OpenThreadGuy 1 min read1st May 2012705 comments


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