Ted (merovingian) wrote,
Ted
merovingian

Two can keep a secret, if one of them is Ted.

The exciting thing about parallel realities isn't the big simple narrative of history. The big history stuff is pretty much the same, all Hitler this and zeppelin that and somehow Fidel Castro is always a baseball player.

What's exciting is the way folk sayings change. They're mathematically chaotic and they mutate rapidly in any parallel history.

(I guess the actual machinery to get to parallel universes is pretty cool, too, because the first thing anyone does is go to the parallel reality with the slickest UI designers and get an upgrade there, but the folk sayings are the most exciting.)

Variations on a theme:

Two can keep a secret, if one of them is a tarantula.
Two can keep a secret, but a mystery requires at least five.
Two can keep a secret, if [redacted by Time Police to avoid a paradox].
Two can keep a secret, if they don't tell anyone else.
Toucans keep a secret, if one of them is dead.
Two can keep a secret, if both of them are Ascended Masters.
Two can keep a secret, if zero can keep a secret, and also if for any whole number N, N can keep a secret if N-1 can.
Two can keep a Secret, if neither of them perspire.
Two can keep a secret, if they exchange public keys.
Two Jerry Garcias can keep a secret, if one of them is Dead.
Two can keep a secret, if one is under a geas.
Two can keep a secret, if everybody else already knows and is just being polite about it.
Two can keep a secret, if one of them is the other.
Two can keep a secret, if both of them forget.

Did I miss any?
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