Fable: The Genius

There was once a genius.

He developed two tricks for capturing the attention of audiences when he spoke.


One was to remark that his talk was on a hot topic, whereupon he would open his notes ands a puff of smoke would come out.


The other was to say he had only once before received such a flattering introduction – when the absence of  the meeting’s chairman had obliged him to introduce himself – whereupon a conjurer’s bouquet of flowers would spring from his hand.


He would explain the principle of the amplification of a signal by likening it to tying a bale of hay to the tail of a donkey, striking a match to light the bale, then contrasting the energy used in striking the match to the energy expended by the donkey.


Moral: Genius can be weird

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  1. David Manners
    November 08, 2012 23:17

    Yes indeed spot on, anonymous, Shockley it was

  2. anonymous
    November 08, 2012 22:52

    William Shockley (?)

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