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To all my crackpot friends December 25, 2006

Posted by dorigo in Blogroll, humor, physics, science.

I receive and gladly forward, with a sympathetic thought to the galaxy of borderline physicists out there: 

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of
a pole, which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and
always delivered a full portion of water, at the end of the long walk
from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home
only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was
proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of
its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of
what it had been made to do.

After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to
the woman one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, because
this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to
your house.”

The old woman smiled, “Did you notice that there are flowers on your
side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I
have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your
side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to
decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there
would not be this beauty to grace the house.”

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we
each have that make our lives together so very interesting and
rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and
look for the good in them.

So, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to
smell the flowers on your side of the path!


1. math ugrad - December 25, 2006

I don’t want my flowers watered by Lubos.

Thank you.

2. dorigo - December 25, 2006


3. Kea - December 26, 2006

Dear Tommaso. Have a jolly holiday and New Year. Thanks from one cracked pot!!

4. Bee - December 27, 2006

This is beautiful, I like it very much! Thanks for this 🙂

I don’t know why but it just reminded me of my grandma who got kind of weird when she reached age 90. She insisted that her dishware got cracks because of ‘all this radiation from these wireless things’. She came up with a complete theory on how the waves accumulated in her kitchen and caused things to ‘jump’ etc. It’s not so different from some emails I get 😉



5. Carl Brannen - December 30, 2006

Some time ago I saw a study that said that eccentrics tend to get more eccentric as they got older. They put it in terms of some sort of psychological analysis or another. From personal experience, I can assert that what actually happens is that as you get older, you care less and less about other people’s opinions, and you waste less time preventing them from being shocked.

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8. micha - November 9, 2008

for u my cracked pot

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