Friday, June 11, 2010

Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?

In one of the scenes in Alice in Wonderland, at the Tea Party, the Mad Hatter asks Alice:

Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?

I was doing some research and the most popular best answers were:
a) "Edgar Allan Poe wrote on both"
b) "They both have feet/legs/stand on something"
or what Lewis Caroll wrote addressing to this issue:
c) "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!"
or a witty answer:
d) "Because there is a B in both and an N in neither"
or as the Mad Hatter answers later on:
e) "I haven't the slightest idea"

When Alice asks the Mad Hatter why they are wasting so much time in riddles with no answers, she is pretty much asking the question to adults; in that, why do adults invest so much time with questions about life that has no answers (like religion).

Sometimes the best response to a question is admitting that you don't know the answer. Not everything has to make sense in this world.

p.s. This post doesn't have to make sense either.

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