QOTD — 10th Oct 2007

After the intense and enlight­en­ing dis­cus­sion on an ear­li­er post — An Unqui­et Mind Over Mat­ter — I couldn’t help resist shar­ing today’s Quote of the Day from The Quotation’s Page. It’s a per­fect rejoin­der that serves a sump­tu­ous dessert of humor!

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand

- Kurt Von­negut
US nov­el­ist (1922 — 2007)

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  • Mahen­dra: I couldn’t help but notice you use Amer­i­can spelling. 🙂 For humour.

    Also I couldn’t help but notice you use an inad­ver­tent tau­tol­ogy (c.f. help resist?).

  • She­faly: Thanks. I have always pre­ferred Amer­i­can spelling. I’m not sure if I use it con­sis­tent­ly for all words, but I try.

    Good catch about the redun­dan­cy! That is one of the glar­ing weak­ness in my writ­ing. I’ll leave it there so your com­ment makes sense to oth­er read­ers. 🙂 Thanks again.

  • I remem­ber dur­ing my school years i was fright­ened after read­ing Stephen King’s Carrie.That is the fre­quent­ly banned book in US schools.
    Now, I guess i will believe tele­ki­net­ics only when i per­son­al­ly see or expe­ri­ence it like you did.

  • Mad­huri: I’ve nev­er been fright­ened read­ing anything…I didn’t know they banned books for that rea­son!

  • Mahen­dra: I think it was not banned for being scary; prob­a­bly for just being un-Chris­t­ian. Har­ry Pot­ter (one or more) are also on the top-100 banned books in the US… Go fig­ure, as they say. 🙂

  • Oh, then it is not sur­pris­ing! 🙂

  • Vivek Khad­pekar


    It’s been a long time since I saw the usage “…couldn’t help but notice…”. I have become so accus­tomed to “…couldn’t help notic­ing…”, that I had all but for­got­ten about this con­struc­tion. Inci­den­tal­ly, shouldn’t it be fol­lowed by “used”, in both styles?

  • Vivek Khad­pekar

    Sor­ry, that last one should have been addressed to She­faly, not Mahen­dra.