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Bob Bridges

Jason Redd raised his children to love working the land, but due to various twists of fate most of them are in city office jobs now. †They've often talked about moving back to the country but have never gone beyond dreams and discussion.

Then one day Mark, one of his three boys, sees an ad for a cattle ranch that for some reason catches his eye. †He drives out to look at it, falls in love and comes back to talk to his brothers. †They look at it, talk over possible plans for a few weeks, and finally take the plunge.

On the porch of their shared mess hall they install some hanging prisms for decoration and wind chimes. †Their father spends a lot of time visiting and helping with some of the planning, and one day stops by those prisms, stares at them for a while, and then arranges them so the setting sun striking through them places all its lowest-frequency light on the wall at one spot, giving off an intense and beautiful glow. †"Boys", he then says, "I know what to name this ranch: The Burning Prism."

"That's got a poetic ring, Dad, but why?", asks Lonny.

"Because", says Jason, "it's where the Redd sons raise meat!"


<another beat>

<half a third beat, sweating slightly>

Ah, thank you, thank you very much. †You're too kind...

On Tue Mar 28, Culling Simples wrote
>"In the new work, published in Frontiers in Physics, Australian physicist Kirsty Kitto and Canadian psychologist Liane Gabora have applied the mathematics of quantum theory to puns. .,
>the authors of the new work argue that it is not the shift of meaning, but rather our ability to perceive both meanings simultaneously, that makes a pun funny. Thatís where quantum theory comes in."


>The formulas are set forth here for the mathematical coves.

>One could suggest that this study might be an example of Quantum Triviality, but that would be a vile clench.

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