} What, no supposition? No groveling or begging? What have we come to
} when people think they can just treat The Oracle as if (s)he were
} nothing but an A TM machine where they put questions in and get
} answers dispensed?
} Yeah, I know you're not supposed to answer a question with a question
} but your rudeness in failing to be an adequate suppository burns my
} ass, err I mean adequate supplicant irritates me.
} Having had a good (well, some people don't like my sense of humor so
} whether it's good is debatable) laugh at your expense, I've decided
} to answer your question.
} As Simon and Garfunkel once sang, "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme,"
} I'll spice up the conversation. No, actually, it was "The words of
} the prophets are written on the subway walls."
} Not having time to do a survey of walls of subways, I decided to use
} a random sample of songs to find what people are singing in regards
} to whether to laugh or cry.
} Google shows 3.8 million hits for songs about crying. However it shows
} 17.1 million hits for songs about laughing, so according to Google,
} laughing is it. But that's not necessarily an accurate count as some
} might be reversed or overlap.
} I'll call ones voting not to cry as a vote for laughter, and ones
} deriding laughter as a vote for crying
} Some in favor: "You saw me crying in the Chapel...All tears were
} tears of joy..."
} On the "don't cry" column: "Don't cry for me Argentina"; "Do what you
} want, but little darlin' please don't cry"; And of course, Melissa
} Manchester: "You should hear how he talks about you.." (record screech)
} "Don't cry out loud, and if you should fall, remember you almost
} made it."
} On the laughter side: "Laughing, you took away everything I had to
} put the hood on 'D'". Although that might be a vote against.
} I'm tired, I'll just go with Google and vote for laughing.
} You owe The Oracle a new pillow since his last one is sopping wet,
} crying himself to sleep since he couldn't really give a good answer
} to the question.