Saturday, July 08, 2006

New, Occasional Feature: From the SWNID Files

This evening we institute a new feature of this blog, slated to occur occasionally (i.e. like anything on any blog, whenever the blogger wants to do it). We call this feature "From the SWNID Files."

What is this important addition to the pages of SWNID? Well, as the name implies, we will dig up some chestnut from our extensive files of jokes, anecdotes, old news stories, and such. These are things that we stuffed away because at one time we found them interesting. And now we share them with the world.

Today, we share a joke:

A guy walking in the desert desperately needed a drink. As he followed the dunes, he came upon another man riding a camel. He asked the man if he had something to drink.

The man on the camel said "No, but if you like, I have a nice selection of ties. Would you like to buy one?"

"No!" The first man replied. "Are you crazy? I need something to drink, not a tie!"

So the man on the camel rode on, and the walking man continued his slow and very thirsty trek for several days. Finally he came upon a cantina. He gratefully approached the doorman at the cantina and said "Thank God I made it! Can I get in and get some water?"

The doorman frowned at him. "Not without a tie."


Rustypants said...

um. wow.

are you ok, jon?

steve-o said...

My favorite SWIND joke involves the BBC, the beginning of the Reformation, and feces.

12 years later, especially around Halloween time, I still try to tell people a second-hand account of a great story.

Jon A. Alfred E. Michael J. Wile E. SWNID said...

OK, here it is, a true tale from our life in Auld Aberdeen.

The University was considering an administrative move to subsume the divinity faculty (or "school" as we would style it here) into another faculty of the university. Some divinity postgrads objected and so organized a protest. Outside the university senate chambers they gathered with a banner that cleverly called for the university to "Save Divinity!"

Afterward, the leader of the protests, a fine American student of systematic theology, was invited to the local BBC radio studios for an interview. After the interview, the reporter asked what the students planned next. "Well," the spokesman replied, "we think we'll nail 95 theses to the door of the university senate."

"Oh, by all means let us know if you're going to do that," was the rejoinder. "We'll bring television cameras for that."

So our intrepid friend returned to campus and rounded up a bunch of us to write theses about the divinity faculty at the university. Some were serious, but by the end, we had things like, "This thesis would be better if Martin Luther had written it."

On the day of the next university senate meeting, our theses were on the door. And the BBC reporter and her cameraman were there too. But they looked a bit disappointed. Approaching our spokesman, the reporter asked, "Is this all you're doing?"

"What do you mean? We said we'd nail 95 theses to the door."

"Oh. I thought you said 95 feces."

And they say that history instruction in this country is poor.

steve-o said...

Best story ever