“The Pollster – III” / A Memorable Fancy #402

After a time, everyone will become so annoyed with pollsters that everyone will lie. This is not to deceive, but to render pollsters useless so that we can get on with our lives. But, as everyone will lie to the pollster, every truth can be known by changing “yes” to “no” and “no” to “yes,” or “Smith” to “Jones” and “Jones” to “Smith.”      More and more people, however, will begin telling the truth once more, in order to utterly confound the pollsters. After a time, however, … [Read more...]

“Five Briefs – VII” / A Memorable Fancy #391

[Neuroscientists find a way to record dreams as the dreamer experienced them.] In the debate, the candidate was challenged to release her dreams to the press. Blushing and stammering, she refused. Her polls immediately went up five points. # Commissioner Hills laughed, said “sure you can broadcast my dreams,” not remembering the one where … # “My opponent dreamed of robbing a bank; can you imagine? Surely you don’t want that man as our Mayor!” # What if your dream is … [Read more...]