A small display at the fish hatchery where I work describes a now-extinct fish called the Michigan Grayling. Last summer, I had the following conversation with a tourist…
“Is the Grayling still extinct?”
“Yes, sir,” I replied, “it no longer exists.”
“Any thought of bringing it back?”
“I don’t think that’s possible.”
“Because it’s extinct.”
A professor at the Michigan State University was known for giving boring, cliche-ridden lectures.
At the beginning of one semester, an innovative class breathed new life into the course by assigning baseball plays to each hackneyed phrase.
For example, when the professor said, “On the other hand,” that counted as a base hit. “By the same token” was a strike out; “and so on” counted as a stolen base. Divided into two teams by the center aisle of the lecture hall, the students played inning after inning of silent but vigorous baseball.
On the last day of class, the impossible happened: the score was tied and bases were loaded. Then the batter hit a home run! The winning team stood and cheered wildly.
Though deeply appreciative, the professor later was quoted as wondering why only half of the students had been enthusiastic about his lectures.
With the severe gas shortages, Detroit is making economy models so small that when a new car hits a pedestrian, the car gets totaled, but all the pedestrian gets is a scraped knee.