Friday, June 17, 2005

The Romaine Lettuce Threat

This is amusing. This guy put together a pseudo-scientific paper on the responses by various bloggers profiled by Norm Geras to the question, "What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world?"

A lot of people said Islam or fanaticism/fundamentalism, and various other responses given by more than one respondent include George W. Bush and the USA generally, WMD, China, environmental problems, human nature, and poverty.

Here's what amuses me, though. While several answers were given by only one respondent--disease, appeasement, greed, the UN, the Republican party, statism, intolerance, there is a category of "Other" listed. What, I wondered, could get counted in the "Other" category if these aforementioned answers got broken out on their own?

While a few of the answers there were just abstract and nuanced, several were terrific:
Other threats included rose-tinted glasses, killer bees, Romaine Lettuce, and "The Sleep of Reason getting a hold of the Dreams of Reason".
Alert, vigilant profiled bloggers watch out for all sorts of things for us.

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