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December 03, 2003

Infinite Legs

Every Horse has an Infinite Number of Legs (proof by intimidation):

Horses have an even number of legs. Behind they have two legs, and in front they have fore-legs. This makes six legs, which is certainly an odd number of legs for a horse. But the only number that is both even and odd is infinity. Therefore, horses have an infinite number of legs. Now to show this for the general case, suppose that somewhere, there is a horse that has a finite number of legs. But that is a horse of another color, and by the [above] lemma ["All horses are the same color"], that does not exist.

Posted by Peskie at December 3, 2003 12:00 PM


Would you care to tell us what was in that last glass of liquid you consumed ??

Posted by: MommaBear at May 17, 2004 07:05 AM

Whish... Wish.. Whiskey of course.

Mind you, that little bit of humour comes from the fortune file :-) There is a similar one about Napoleon having an infinite number of arms (because he was forewarned and forewarned is four armed.....).

That then raises the question of where Napoleon kept his armies?

Posted by: Ozguru at May 17, 2004 07:05 AM

o O

totally confused. ANd that is bad news for my already overworked brain. :s

Posted by: Ravages at May 17, 2004 07:05 AM

I think that was the whole point. It plays on the 'forelegs / four legs' homonyms but effectively the proof is "by intimidation" (i.e. say it loud and fast with lots of authority and people will fall for it).

Posted by: Ozguru at May 17, 2004 07:05 AM