December 15, 2004

More from the Dept. of the Bleedin' Obvious

My, but isn't this a great headline?

Reminds me of a story I read a few years ago about an African man who'd gone to his local witch-doctor and asked to be made bulletproof. The witch-doctor mixed up a concoction of some sort which the man was supposed to rub all over his body, every day for two weeks. Having done so, he approached a fellow villager with a rifle and asked him to test if the potion had worked. And there you have it, another thing we can add to that list of cultural universals: men being stupid when confronted with firearms. Somebody should call Steven Pinker.


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