BlitzGirl wrote:(Jose, have you eaten that other donut yet?)
The Case of the Other Donut
He started to eat the donut, but after taking one bite it became like unto a sea, and did what it wanted. So Jose took another bite, and it became an open parenthesis. There was no close parenthesis close by, so he turned it over. Now there was no open parenthesis. There was however an open closet door, behind which was a mirror. In order to save the universe from the trauma of mismatched parentheses, he crept into the room with the mirror and held up the donut.
However, upon reflection he realized that this might not have been the most clever idea, as he couldn't stay in the closet his whole life. With a mouthful of donut there were few options available, so he broke the donut in two. He now had a double quote. Or two single quotes. Or two commas. Or one comma and a single quote. Or a short sign (but not a shortstop) and an arc symbol. The mental tension kept rising as more different kinds of mismatch came to mind, some of which the mirror could not help.
The donut had to be sacrificed. But how? It was a trolley problem, rendered more difficult by the equivalence of the redundancy (and the lack of a suitable lever). Since Archimedes was not around to advise him, he'd have to sacrifice both of the remaining pieces.
First one was popped into Jose's appreciative maw and ground into a pulp, to ensure it would never menace the OTT again. The other one would have to wait for it, but not for lONG, because Jose's eager teeth were already on the second commandment. (Or was it the third.) In short order, the donut was effectively dispatched in its entirety, leaving the mirror as a redundant redundancy.
Thus having saved the OTT, Jose got up, left the closet and closed the door. An open and shut case.