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December 10, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Bob. Nineteen. Open mouth. Sink.


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Two men walk by bayou. One falls in. Bad to joke.

Consequence for lack of thought.

Life guards in training are warned.

People’s first instinct when dunked in water is to open mouth and yell.

Bad plan.

Expels all air from lungs. Ends any natural flotation.

Desperate for air, person quickly breathes in. Gulps water.


Animals generally respond differently.

Start flailing wildly, but not barking for help.

Closed mouth. Keeps out water. Keeps in air.



Until environment is understood. Until see what’s going on, animals keep their mouths shut.

(More silence)

That wisdom could float anywhere.




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  1. Paul / Dec 10 2014 2:34 pm

    Thanks for the wisdom Bob!


  2. easyweimaraner / Dec 10 2014 2:56 pm

    I agree with you, humans do mostly the wrong things in nearly all situations. Thanks for a wise lesoon, Bob :o)


  3. Nora Blithe / Dec 10 2014 3:08 pm

    That is wisdom!


  4. sportsattitudes / Dec 10 2014 3:15 pm

    That wisdom could come in handy if we humans just thought for a second before we opened our mouths…speaking, drowning…whatever the environment. Well done Bob!

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  5. sparrow / Dec 10 2014 3:48 pm

    We often rely too much on language…


  6. Bruce Thiesen / Dec 10 2014 3:59 pm

    Sound advice


  7. Carrie Rubin / Dec 10 2014 4:41 pm

    I get short of breath just thinking of being underwater. I recently took my son to The Illusionists. One of the performers put himself upside down in a tank of water. He was shackled, handcuffed, etc. Two minutes to escape. Before he went in, he suggested we try to hold our breath with him. He wasn’t under water two seconds before I had to take a breath!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 10 2014 11:05 pm

      Bob: “Tension interferes with efficient breathing. Clever to build suspense. Never wet behind the ears here. Thanks. Bye, Bob”

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  8. aFrankAngle / Dec 10 2014 9:11 pm

    Bob is so wise … does Molly listen to him? Then again, I know RC doesn’t because there is no need!

    FYI: My holiday party is this weekend! … hope you can make it and your peeps are welcome, too!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 10 2014 11:09 pm

      Bob: “Can lead a horse to water. And it keeps his mouth shut. (Silence) Party claws out. Staff plans to mention it Friday. Meanwhile, (nod) thanks. Bye, Bob”

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  9. EllaDee / Dec 11 2014 1:00 am

    That wisdom floats, as would you Bob should you ever have a too-close encounter with a bayou!


  10. PiedType / Dec 11 2014 5:59 am

    Wise. Thanks, Bob.


  11. reneejohnsonwrites / Dec 11 2014 11:16 am

    Bob needs his own blog…we could learn from him.


  12. marthaschaefer / Dec 11 2014 1:57 pm

    Lizard logic, always educational. Thanks Bob!


  13. jannatwrites / Dec 11 2014 11:06 pm

    I hadn’t thought about it, but this is so true! I hope I have the good animal sense to quietly float πŸ™‚


  14. Sun / Dec 12 2014 1:52 am

    Bob, you’re so smart. right on! πŸ™‚


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