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Subject:

RE: HOW EXCITING IS HUMOUR

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Don Nilsen <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 07 Jun 1999 11:07:02 -0700

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RE: Noam Chimsky and Herbert Dilbert
	After all of the chimp studies that were used to prove that
chimpanzees could speak English by using sign language, computer keyboards,
and magnetic chips, Herbert Terrace, a skeptic, suggested that it was in
fact the chimpanzees who were training the researchers rather than the other
way around.  Whenever a chimpanzee uttered a sentence, the researchers were
trained to give the chimpanzees food.  In order to test his theories,
Herbert Terrace did his own chimp work, and the name of the chimp he used
was "Nim Chimsky."  The book reporting his findings is entitled, NIM: A
CHIMPANZEE WHO LEARNED SIGN LANGUAGE (Washington Square Press, 1974).
	There is also a rumor (I don't know if it's true or not) that if a
person is writing about Freud, and runs spellcheck, the word "Freud" will be
questioned as a legitimate word, and the spell-checker will ask, "Do you
mean 'fraud'?"

Don L. F. Nilsen, Executive Secretary
International Society for Humor Studies
English Linguistics, Arizona State Univ.
Tempe, AZ 85287-0302
<[log in to unmask]>; 480/965-7592
FAX: 480/965-3451
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Mary Ann Rishel [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, June 07, 1999 8:02 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: HOW EXCITING IS HUMOUR



Well, OK, I'll add my favorite.  My husband (a mathematician) was
searching the WEB for info on the famous mathematician, David Hilbert. 
The WEB scratched its head, puzzled, then sent this message:
No information on "Hilbert."  ARe you sure you don't mean "Dilbert"? 
    Mary Ann

lm36 wrote:
> 
> I really like rendering Noam Chomsky's last name as Chompsky!  That is
> almost as good as the one allegedly from his grad students, Noam Chimpsky!
> Now that's pretty exciting!
> (forgive this, my cognitive circuits are overloaded this morning!).
> Larry Mintz


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