Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Watch out for reassuring instructions

"Even the cow was smiling."

Eldest son was working on a biology lab last night, and the manual explained "this is part of the fun and challenge of science".  This is always a warning sign.

It reminded me of the line above, in James Herriot's All Creatures Great And Small, when he reflected on the laboratory-clean, straightforward version of calving in his vet school textbooks.  At the moment, he was laying face down on a "muddy" barn floor struggling with the inner workings of a straining heifer. 

Apparently Ivory Towers also have Ivory Barns, as well as an Ivory Laboratory.

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