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paul wheaton

Joined: Dec 14, 1998
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Somehow this morning I remembered the Vonnegut teaching us about "fair". I think it was a short story. Everybody that had an advantage over other people somehow had that advantage mitigated. Graceful people were required to wear something that made them less graceful; smart people had a lound ping disrupt their thoughts.

Anybody remember what this story was?

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Bert Bates

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Yeah - it was a movie too... something like the 254th amendment said that no one could be any better at anything than anyone else...

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Mark Spritzler

Joined: Feb 05, 2001
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Oh boy, now to figure out which book it was from. Since I have read them all, but a while back, remembering the specific one is very tough.


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Not "Cat's Cradle", pretty sure it's not "Slaughter House 5"

Maybe "SlapStick"

from Wikipedia about "Slapstick"

It is concerned with the life story of Dr. Wilbur Daffodil-11 Swain. Dr. Swain is a nearly 7 foot tall man who, in close physical contact with his twin Eliza, forms a vastly powerful and creative intelligence. This intelligence goes on to create, amongst other things, a plan to end loneliness in America through the creation of vast extended families. Under the plan, all citizens would be provided with a fanciful middle names, paired with numbers.

Kind of along those lines, so I think the character made those other things like.


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