A German poster from 1941.
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(via Boing Boing)
Buridan’s ass is a figurative description of a man of indecision. It refers to a paradoxical situation wherein an ass, placed exactly in the middle between two stacks of hay of equal size and quality, will starve to death since it cannot make any rational decision to start eating one rather than the other. The paradox is named after the 14th century French philosopher Jean Buridan.
The paradox was, however, not originated by Buridan himself. It is first found in Aristotle’s De Caelo, where Aristotle mentions an example of a man who remains unmoved because he is as hungry as he is thirsty and is positioned exactly between food and drink. Buridan nowhere discusses this specific problem but its relevance is that he did advocate a moral determinism whereby, save for ignorance or impediment, a human faced by alternative courses of action must always choose the greater good. Buridan allowed that the will could delay the choice to more fully assess the possible outcomes of the choice. Later writers satirised this view in terms of an ass who, confronted by two equally desirable and accessible bales of hay, must necessarily starve while pondering a decision.
This is exactly what happens to me every time I go to eat at a Cheesecake Factory. How can you make a decision between entrees when the menu has 12 pages worth of food selections?
The police are finally making the world safer from dangerous oversalters. I ordered a cheeseburger sub the other day with tomatos, pickles and mayo that came with just lettuce and hotpeppers. Oh why couldn’t I have the power of the badge to bring that short order cook to justice?
UNION CITY, Ga. (AP) – A 20-year-old McDonald’s employee spent a night in jail and is facing criminal charges after a police officer complained that the burger she prepared with too much salt made him sick.
Kendra Bull was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct and arrested at 1:30 am on Friday. After a court hearing later that morning, she was released on one thousand dollars bond.
Bull said she accidentally spilled too much salt on the hamburger meat, but told her supervisor and another co-worker, who she said tried to thump the salt off. Bull took a break and said she ate a burger made from the salty meat.
Union City Police Officer Wendell Adams ordered a Big N’ Tasty at the drive-through window and also got a burger made from the oversalted meat. A short time later, Adams returned to the restaurant and told the manager he had gotten sick from eating it.
Bull admitted to spilling the salt on the burger, and the officer asked her to step outside, where he questioned Bull further, she said.