The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

16 September 2005

Uncomfortably numb

So what do you think about while you're on jury duty, waiting for your name to be called?

If you're Lileks, you think about Pink Floyd The Wall:

It gave us that catchy paean to ignorance, "Another Brick in the Wall (pt. 9,326)" with its schoolboy chorus: We don't need no education. Actually, the presence of a double negative would seem to indicate that you does. But I took away something else from this song, an intellectual puzzle spat out by the headmaster howling in the background. It's a conundrum that has plagued me to this day: How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat? An amusing idea coming from Rock Stars, whose lives consist of pudding in boundless quantities.

I hope this comes up in voir dire. "Sir, do you believe a defendant is entitled to pudding if they haven't had any meat?"

Trick question. I believe it's up to the state to establish that he hasn't had any meat before moving on to the matter of pudding.

John Roberts couldn't have handled it any better.

Posted at 8:41 AM to Almost Yogurt

Does he say meat? I thought he said beets; I'd skip education too if it meant having to consume beets on a regular basis.

Posted by: akaky at 2:56 PM on 17 September 2005

I reread Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume this summer, and it did not create any fondness for the little red spheres.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:01 PM on 17 September 2005