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April 24, 2009


Never try to teach a pig how to sing. It's a waste of time and it annoys the pig. -- Paul Dickson


Anonymous Mairead said...

I believe Dickson merely compiled that aphorism, earlier placed into print by the late Robert Heinlein who attributed what was originally an Ozark folk saying to his fictional character Lazarus Long, né Woodrow Wilson Smith.

April 25, 2009 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This inspired the Canadian writer Cordelia Strube, whose 1996 novel is called "Teaching Pigs to Sing".

Harper-Collins, ISBN 0-00-648098-5

April 26, 2009 11:24 AM  

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