|Billy the Poet |
You go with off-brand muppets, you get what you pay for.
This sort of reminds me of something I heard on Q.I. It was the idea that the concept we had no way of teaching to an alien race via verbal communication was that of "left" and "right."
I'm not entirely sure that's true, unless we are restricted to common verbal communication, but I'd figure you could do some kind of mathematical model or something.
@harriet: But how do you tell them which is which? You don't have a common frame of reference, even on a star chart, unless you can see what they see and draw a line for them. You can't tell if they're drawing a line right, left, up, down, or diagonal.
If they exist in the same physical space as us, then I can't imagine The terms being so hard to translate to their own words. If they are some transcendent mega race, then they probably already know. If space is full of retards, then I could see the problem.
And yes, I see the origin of the problem being relative terminology of direction, but they must have at least some sense of space themselves, thus they made it to our planet instead of looping around in 3 dimensional space until they starved. It's not that profound a concept.
-2 for being too long. ATHF version was cut-down to a funny length, ending with great final line.
As for QI, I do remember that bit. I may be mistaken, but I think they also discussed an aborigine (correct terminology?) that had no concept of nor words for left or right, but rather would describe things in terms of north, south, east, and west from the position of the speaker - as these were senses of spacial direction they seemed to be born with. Also, I love that show.
|pressed peanut sweepings |
Dis is a Thupe, ut bi con't dare.
|Sudan no1 |
Someone should remake this using Garry's mod.
Didn't Meatwad watch this all the time?
So I guess the last person to leave a comment here will be the first casualty.
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