Obama Explained By Ice Cream And Spaghetti Trees


   Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives. It’s not their money, of course they’ll waste it

     Today we see how a ward heeler from Chicago who has never had real responsibility, in terms of being voluntarily paid for providing a service or meeting a payroll can, with carefully chosen rhetoric, get elected. Enough people will believe anything to vote for anything. As Churchill said, democracy is the worst system of politics in the world, except for all the others. The others must be pretty bad. Just joking, they are.

In 1957 The BBC Pranked Millions Of Britons By Reporting On A Tree That Grew Spaghetti

There are pranks, like “Hah hah! Got your nose!” and then there are pranks, like convincing thousands that spaghetti grows on trees: a feat the BBC pulled off back in the 1950s.

On April 1, 1957 the BBC news show Panorama broadcast a three minute segment that was filmed and narrated exactly like their typical news segments. This particular segment, however, detailed the fantastic spaghetti crop in Switzerland featuring abundant footage of women harvesting spaghetti off the trees and gathering it in large baskets. The narrator calmly explained to the audience at home that the bountiful crop could be attributed to a very mild winter and a virtual disappearance of the dreaded spaghetti weevil.

Perhaps it was a combination of the professional footage, the soothing voice of the very well respected news anchor Richard Dimbleby, or the deep desire of Britons to own their own magical spaghetti tree, but hundreds of people called into the BBC requesting additional information about the trees and if they could be grown in England.

The brilliantly executed prank was the brainchild of Panorama cameraman Charles de Jaeger. Jaeger recalled a school teacher he had as a boy in Vienna who was fond of remarking “Boys, you’re so stupid, you’d believe me if I told you that spaghetti grows on trees.”; he’d attempted to pitch the idea to different producers over the years, but finally found accommodating ears when, upon realizing Panorama was about to fall on April Fools’ Day, he pitched the idea to his bosses who (because he was going to Switzerland on assignment anyway) granted him a budget of an additional one hundred pounds to film the segment.

The prank proved wildly successful and even many of the higher-ups at the BBC (who weren’t in on the joke) were temporarily duped into questioning if what they thought about spaghetti was actually true. The segment is regarded, rightfully so, as one of the greatest televised pranks of all time.


     No spaghetti tree. Back to genetic engineering.

    And then there is this.

Many people have asked how in the world Obama got elected. My response was based on the candidates and their views. I am sure that their ages and their looks made a huge difference. No matter how you explain it, we are a society that is obsessed with Hollywood. We want our celebrities to be good looking and young. Our presidential elections are based on the same desire that our leader is young, vibrant and attractive. To me, this played as large a role into Obama getting elected as did his speaking ability.

I may have been wrong, it may come down to something even more simple.

A good friend that I have not heard from in many years sent me an e-mail explaining Obama’s election in a very simple way.
I hope you enjoy this exercise into a sad reality.


From a teacher in the Nashville area "We are worried about "the cow" when it is all about the "Ice Cream";

The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade this year.The presidential election was heating up and some of the children showed an interest. I decided we would have an election for a class president .

We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote. To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members. We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have. We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot. The class had done a great job in their selections. Both candidates were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support.

I had never seen Olivia’s mother.

The day arrived when they were to make their speeches. Jamie went first. He had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best. Everyone applauded and he sat down.

Now it was Olivia’s turn to speak.

Her speech was concise.
She said, "If you will vote for me, I will give you ice cream." She sat down.

The class went wild. "Yes! Yes! We want ice cream."

She surely would say more. She did not have to. A discussion followed. How did she plan to pay for the ice cream? She wasn’t sure. Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it. She didn’t know. The class really didn’t care. All they were thinking about was ice cream.

Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a landslide.

Every time Barack Obama opened his mouth he offered ice cream and 52 percent of the people reacted like nine year olds. They want ice cream. The other 48 percent know they’re going to have to feed this cash cow and clean up the mess.

Remember, the government cannot give anything to anyone — that they have not first taken away from someone else.


    My opponent is against spaghetti trees and free ice cream. The knave. I am for free energy from the sun and wind. Just a few decades of government subsidy and all will be well. You’ll see, trust me. Government experts have looked into this right smart. The best brains from the best universities.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies


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