} Not many, if you do it right. To get to the moon with sugar cubes, you
} would heat them to 122 degrees centigrade (252 degrees Fahrenheit),
} and then allow them... oh, but you didn't ask how to do it, just how
} many sugar cubes it would take...
} Sorry about that. Did you ever notice how certain people give you
} long-winded answers to the most simple questions?
} For instance, just yesterday I was on my way to the grocery store with
} a group of my friends (I often go to the store with my friends, just
} to keep them company) and someone asked, "how much do eggs cost?" The
} simple answer would have been "$2.25 a dozen" -- not a very good
} price, I realize, but we weren't going to a low-price grocery store.
} We were headed to the Handy Mart on Main Street, not far from the
} University of Indiana -- maybe you've been there? No? Well, it's very
} convenient, but not exactly low cost. The eggs there are $2.25 a
} dozen, and they usually only have a couple dozen, and sometimes
} they're a week old! But that's not why we usually go there. In fact,
} best to avoid the eggs.
} Anyway, someone asked about the price of eggs, and my friend Millie
} tried to answer, but she started talking about the types of eggs they
} had, and the cost of different types of packaging, and how you could
} really get a much better price at a different store, even if you
} bought the same size package, but if you were willing to buy 30 eggs
} at a time you could do EVEN BETTER, because of bulk pricing... by the
} time she got this far, she completely forgot what the original
} question was. Can you imagine it?
} It's not just Millie, either. Sometimes I even find myself doing it.
} Why, just this morning someone asked me what movies were playing at
} the local theatre, and I started to tell them what movies there were,
} but somehow I got to comparing current movies with classic movies from
} the 1980's or 1970's or 1960's or even the 1950's, and even the movies
} of the 1940's, which mostly weren't in color (or colour in England --
} I wonder why the Brits spell it "colour" but Americans spell it
} "color?" Omniscience means that I know everything that CAN be known,
} but I don't know that, because nobody else knows either. So there are
} limits to omniscience.) But anyway, the movies of the 1940's had some
} really great plots. A lot of these movies get remade, and it seems
} like the only advantage of the new version is the color, because the
} acting sure isn't any better, and sometimes when they try to "update"
} the plot they end up ruining it! Don't you hate it when that happens?
} But anyway, after I had been talking for a few minutes I suddenly
} realized that I hadn't even told what all the movies were! I guess
} that happens to everyone sometimes, but I guess I do it a lot, and
} certain people have an EXTREMELY irritating habit of telling me
} EXACTLY how irritating my habit can be. I hate that! They could just
} say "thank you," that's a universally recognized way of hinting that
} you don't want any more answer. But no, they have to be SOOOO RUDE!
} Why do people enjoy rudeness so much, so long as they're not on the
} receiving end? It's because they're NOT on the receiving end, I guess.
} Anyway, back to what you asked... about getting to the moon? I think
} all you really need is a few sugar cubes. If you want, you can ask me
} how to get there with sugar cubes, or how many you would need, or even
} what brand of cubes would be best, but I don't want to be presumptuous,
} since that's not what you asked.
} [Incarnation AllanW]
} That reminds me...
} You owe the Oracle a list of all of the movies of the 1940's and
} 1950's and 1960's where the main characters were in the kitchen, not
} necessarily using eggs or sugar cubes... like the one where George
} Burns was trying to talk to Gracie Allen, but she was busy in the
} kitchen... she was boiling water, pouring it into hot water bottles,
} and then putting the hot water bottles into the freezer. She did this
} four different times before George Burns finally asked her why she was
} doing it. And she said, "in case I want some hot water, all I have to
} do is take it out of the freezer and..."
} But I'm sorry, I'll let you make the list. Go ahead. I'm listening.