For one thing I just finished a wonderful book: SCARY CLOSE by Donald Miller.
This is the first time in my whole life that I've wanted a book I'm reading to be longer.
Anyway, I'll tell you more about that book in another blog post.
But the finishing reading of that book has made this a good and fun Sunday afternoon.
And then I saw this.... in my "Joke-A-Day" email I get everyday.
|Well, I didn't see this picture... but the following 'story'.|
(I added the picture.)
A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
"House" for instance, is feminine: "la casa."
"Pencil," however, is masculine: "el lapiz."
A student asked, "What gender is 'computer'?"
Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether "computer" should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.
The men's group decided that "computer" should definitely be of the feminine gender ("la computadora") because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
(THIS GETS BETTER!)
The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine ("el computador") because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on.
2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves.
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time, they ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
The women won.
I thought that was funny... though I would NOT say that if I'd waited longer I'd have gotten a better model. (Sam's the best model.)