Bitch on the Blog

February 15, 2014

Out of water

Filed under: Amusement — bitchontheblog @ 15:25

No idea why I find it hilariously funny since it’s a rather obvious statement:

“If you expect a fish to climb a tree it will always be a failure.” I wish someone had mentioned this to me a little earlier. I am no fish but as of today I will stop digging holes.

It’s what I love about Einstein: He nails it. One of my father’s favourites – and he passed it on to me very early on : “Only two things are infinite – the Universe and human stupidity.” I thought it rather cruel of my father (and Einstein). I can’t remember now what percentage my father put human stupidity at, neither does it matter: Though the actual number (in percentages) impressive. Of course, it depends how you define stupidity. I know some truly streetwise people with few brain cells to rub together to intellectual effect. Yet, I wouldn’t call them stupid. I know people high up on the Olympus of society who are unbelievably dense given their education. I know people whose emotional intelligence does not match their sky rocketing IQ.

As to myself: I have been stupid in my life. But at least I know where the stockpot is. Sorry, I meant stopcock. Praying to heaven this translates to American (correctly).



  1. Happy Valentine’s Weekend My Dear Friend…

    Andro xxxx

    Comment by Gray Dawster — February 15, 2014 @ 17:47 | Reply

    • You too, Andro. Back to the grindstone.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — February 16, 2014 @ 03:22 | Reply

      • Don’t worry about the grindstone I have chocolates and flowers waiting, I mean who needs Valentine’s Day for presents when every day adds the pleasure in giving a most beautiful maiden sweet gifts…

        Have a lovely day today ma Lady…

        Andro xxxx

        Comment by Gray Dawster — February 17, 2014 @ 10:58 | Reply

  2. Feeling a bit like half of Einstein’s quote. Stopcock?? Sounds like something we’d yell to stop two male chickens from fighting. But perhaps that’s exactly what you meant! Maybe not so dense after all.

    Comment by reneejohnsonwrites — February 15, 2014 @ 23:36 | Reply

    • Two male chickens fighting? That’s Hemingway for you.

      Stopcock is in the water. Whereas my stockpot is, usually, all chicken. Plus bouquet garni. And bits.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — February 16, 2014 @ 03:20 | Reply

  3. I liked stockpot better.

    Comment by cheerfulmonk — February 15, 2014 @ 23:47 | Reply

    • So do I, Jean. So do I. Yet, if you don’t know where on earth your stopcock is you may suffer water damage. And worse. Like frozen pipes. And we all know what happens when water freezes. One of the reasons it’s a good idea to pay attention during physics’ lessons.

      It’s fascinating how many people don’t know the most basic about their household. Andy, your husband, will know what I mean.


      PS A stop cock usually to be found in the cupboard underneath the kitchen sink. Unless it’s somewhere else.

      Comment by bitchontheblog — February 16, 2014 @ 03:05 | Reply

  4. Watch out Ursula. You may end up beating old Malaprop to a pulp.

    Comment by rummuser — February 16, 2014 @ 01:17 | Reply

    • I like that, Ramana. I have received compliments in my life (some in reverse or a three point turn, even parallel parking which can be a bit of tight squeeze which has never unnerved me) but what you said there is nice. Truly nice. Yes, ‘Malaprop’. And to a pulp. Call me Smoothie.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — February 16, 2014 @ 03:10 | Reply

  5. I guess to confidently label someone else as stupid you have to be convinced that your own copious utterances are intelligent, and who can be sure of that? I might be spouting endless rubbish all day but fondly imagine I’m dispensing pearls of wisdom. Stupidity and intelligence are highly relative and slippery concepts. Best not to use the words at all if they can be avoided.

    Comment by nick — February 17, 2014 @ 13:49 | Reply

    • I disagree, Nick. I know ‘stupid’ when I see it. Not least in myself. Anyway, to stick with Einstein: It’s all relative.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — February 17, 2014 @ 13:59 | Reply

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