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GUEST,Ron Olesko BS: You CAN Compare Apples to Oranges (53* d) RE: BS: You CAN Compare Apples to Oranges 17 Sep 03

Kim, if you look hard enough you can find similarities in many things. The problem is you ALWAYS use one set of properties to justify an action on something that is NOT the same.

Dog crap and peanut butter are both brown in color and spreadable. Just be careful which one you put on toast.

Apples and oranges always remind me of the skit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail where the are trying to determine if they had captured a real witch.   Witches burn. So does wood. Wood floats. So do ducks. If she weighs less than a duck she must be a witch.

I guess it is interesting that analogy comes from the word "anal". Even more important than whether or not the analogy is appropriate, I think that culturally we need to recognize the meaning of the statement. Rather than take it literally, most people understand that someone is trying to say that the two items in question shouldn't be compared because of circumstances that make them different.

By the way Kim, I was only teasing about "too much time on our hands". I think it is clever to have these discussions and we end up learning something from them. Nothing is ever a waste of time. Except maybe watching "Gigili".

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