Ted (merovingian) wrote,
Ted
merovingian

Now make the Turing Machines FIGHT!

I've been hearing these weird rumors for the past few days.

This past Friday, I was driving with friends up from Southern California. We had just passed a road sign that said

"INTERSTATE 'THE 5' ENDS 2 MI - BEGIN INTERSTATE '5'"

when my friend Alice leaned forward, offered my some potato chips, and mentioned, "Hey, my friend Abe just told me that all rumors have a grain of truth to them. Have you heard that?"

I sort of shrugged, when John, in the front seat, said, "That's funny. Abe mentioned to me yesterday that if someone cannot tolerate a behavior in others which they constantly do themselves, it's because that person is in constant need and competition for some kind of social resource - attention, or control, or esteem, or freedom, something like that."

"Weird. Abe didn't mention it to me, I wonder why."

We drove on in silence.

**

Then, yesterday, I got a call from Chet. "I heard the weirdest rumor," he said.

"What's that?"

"Here's what I heard: 'This rumor is false.' "

"Huh. Where'd you hear that?"

"Around."

**

Last night, I was hanging out on the porch with some friends and my friend Hank said, "Brenda said the weirdest thing to me."

"What'd she say?" I asked.

"She said, 'This rumor is equal to itself plus one.'"

"Why would she say a thing like that?"

"She heard it from Alice, and was so confused about it she had to ask me."

**

Then, this morning, I got an email from a friend.

"When quined, yields a nasty rumor."

**

Earlier this afternoon, all my friends canceled themselves out, except the lucky few who are true but unprovable.
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