[texhax] Why is a mouse when it spins, etc. ( censorship on miktex-list?)

Pierre MacKay pierre.mackay at comcast.net
Thu Dec 30 19:18:59 CET 2010

On 12/30/2010 05:02 AM, Philip Taylor (Webmaster, Ret'd) wrote:
> Peter Davis wrote:
> >
> > On Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 7:37 AM, Philip Taylor (Webmaster, Ret'd)
> > <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk <mailto:P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk>> wrote:
> >
> >     On the other hand, when asked "Why is a mouse when it spins ?",
> >     I can answer "because the higher, the fewer" with complete 
> confidence.
> >
> > I thought the correct answer was "One leg is both the same."
> I understand that in some parallel universes this is indeed the case.
> Odd that it should not be true for this one.
> "I saw a man upon the stair
>  I looked again, he was not there
>  He was not there again today :
>  I /wish/ that man would go away !"
> Serious question, particularly aimed at Robin Fairbairns
> and others of his age/nationality :
> When I was a child, my father would recite to me :
> "As I was going through Jungle Jaini, Jungle Jaini Jaini-eye
>  I thought I saw a jahocrapot, a-chasing his compaini-eye
>  And so I took my ti-de-ma-tuc, my ti-de-ma-tuc, my taini-eye
>  And I potted that jahocrapot, a-right through his compaini-eye"
> yet as far as I can tell, that otherwise source of infinite resource
> and sagacity the Internet has not heard of any one of these nonsense
> terms : has anyone else ?
No, but it sounds related to something I can only remember in patches:

As I went on my ???????????????, on Monday morning early,
I saw one Mr. Higmajig, come over the hills of parley,
But if I'd had my carley fairley carly fairley early
I would have been met with Higmajig come over the hills of parley.

(Google knoweth not)

On a slightly more serious (??) note--Does anyone reading this recognize
and know the source of...

"The sun rolls glibly, a great gilded hearse,
The moon wobbles and gibbers like Juliet's nurse."

I think I saw it in a Listener (BBC) some time in the late 50s or early 
60s, and
I have searched desultorily for it for many years since.


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