4.20.2006

Thoreau's Journal: 19-Apr-1854

A man came to me yesterday to offer me as a naturalist a two-headed calf which his cow had brought forth, but I felt nothing but disgust at the idea and began to ask myself what enormity I had committed to have such an offer made to me. I am not interested in mere phenomena, though it were the explosion of a planet, only as it may have lain in the experience of a human being.

5 comments:

ControlThis said...

what enormity I had committed to have such an offer made to me

Freaky things happen to freaky people?

Cathy said...

Ouch. This could inspire hours of discussion. Pick a direction.

ControlThis said...

You first. :)

I've got plenty of stories about how "phenomena" are revealed to those who behave outside the standard deviation. Not sure why he's so surprised.

Anonymous said...

Who cares. It's a lowsy cow. Take the offer and sell it to a zoo or something. Why is this disgusting? I don't get it.

slskenyon said...

Interesting commentary on this phenomena by him....