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Simultaneous discovery of sheep poetry?

In science, the phenomenon of simultaneous discovery, or "multiple independent discovery," is well known. The term describes how two or more researchers often independently discover the same idea, at around the same time. For instance, both Newton and Leibniz came up with the idea of calculus in the late 17th century, and both Darwin and Wallace developed the concept of evolution by natural selection in the mid-19th century.

An example of this phenomenon might have recently occurred in the field of sheep poetry. Though whether it's simultaneous discovery or idea theft depends on whom you believe.

In 2002, Valerie Laws came up with the concept of "Quantum Sheep" or "haik-ewe." Her idea was to spray paint a different word on the backs of 15 sheep, and then watch them as they grazed in a field to see what poems would they would form. Then, last year, artist Alison Cooper came up with the same idea, though she called it "Write to Roam."

Cooper insists she was completely unaware of Laws' previous work, but Laws thinks it's more likely Cooper stole her idea, either consciously or subconsciously. Who to believe? Perhaps someone should ask the sheep what they think. [journallive.co.uk]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Apr 05, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Poetry

Hiawatha



Enjoy a segment of one of the most-parodied poems in English.

I wonder what the official attitude of Native Americans is these days to Longfellow's work?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 12, 2011 | Comments (4)
Category: Stereotypes and Cliches, Poetry, Nineteenth Century

Henry Gibson, Redux



Race Relations Poem from Swindon Viewpoint on Vimeo.



I'm so pleased to see that people have continued to channel the spirit of Henry Gibson.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Mar 02, 2011 | Comments (3)
Category: Poetry, 1960's

Follies of the Mad Men #103

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Something different for this installment: an old postcard.

Why would any casino want to depict their customer as a drooling cretin?

The verse on the back says:

AT SYSTEMS, MATH, COMPUTERS ALL, I'VE BEEN CONSIDERED APT.

BUT THEN I LAID MY MONEY DOWN, AND WHAT DO YOU KNOW..."I CRAPPED!"
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 19, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Art, Poetry, Gambling, Casinos, Lotteries and Other Games of Chance
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