I know. It’s not funny. But really, it is.
Random hit at xkcd.
Yeah, this works.
James Thurber, THE PEACELIKE MONGOOSE
In cobra country a mongoose was born one day who didn’t want to fight cobras or anything else. The word spread from mongoose to mongoose that there was a mongoose who didn’t want to fight cobras. If he didn’t want to fight anything else, it was his own business, but it was the duty of every mongoose to kill cobras or be killed by cobras.
“Why?” asked the peacelike mongoose, and the word went round that the strange new mongoose was not only pro-cobra and anti-mongoose but intellectually curious and against the ideals and traditions of mongoosism.
“He is crazy,” cried the young mongoose’s father.
“He’s sick, “said his mother.
“He is a coward,” shouted his brothers.
“He’s a mongoosexual,” whispered his sisters.
Strangers who had never laid eyes on the peacelike mongoose remembered that they had seen him crawling on his stomach, or trying cobra hoods, or plotting the violent overthrow of Mongoodia.
“I am trying to use reason and intelligence,” said the strange new mongoose.
“Reason is six-sevenths of treason,” said one of his neighbours.
“Intelligence is what the enemy uses,” said another.
Finally the rumour spread that the mongoose had venom in his sting, like a cobra, and he was tried, convicted by a show of paws, and condemned to banishment.
Ashes to ashes, and clay to clay,
if the enemy doesn’t get you your own folks may.
Our workplace is surrounded by a wrought iron security fence along with lots of trees and shrubs, so it’s a bit of a wildlife sanctuary in the middle of the city. We’ve got ducks and geese and cats and squirrels and birds. And a marmot. I’m watching him from my office window and he’s skittering about on the lawn, rubbing his face in the grass, and poking his head up every now and then.I don’t have my camera with me today, and I’m not sure how close he’d let me get anyway, so here’s a picture from the web.
I just know you’ve been waiting for it!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!
What is that on his head? (From RGJ local mugshots)
H/T to Rechelle for this one!