Tuesday, December 20, 2005

"It's a bad time to get sick."

I just overheard this phrase while walking through the cafeteria. Question: Is there a good time to get sick? Has anyone ever, upon waking up puking up their socks, said, "Damn, this is a great time to be sick!"? How many fewer words would the average person speak if the verbal garbage was eliminated? My personal experience is that the average woman's output of verbal garbage greatly exceeds a man's, which likely explains the wide disparity in the "bit rate" between men and women (women speak, depending on the study, five to ten times as many words a day as a man). There are places in the world that are known for being quiet, even in the middle of a busy city. Maybe the people there only speak when they have something to say that another rational human would want to listen to.


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