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July 22, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Snitches. Stitches. Universal Pitches.

Man looking in suitcase. (mily.suitcase inspection.1957.Bundes archiv, B145 Bild-FOO4909-001/Uterberg, Rolf/

Let’s see what we have in here today. One of the great mysteries of the Universe: Why is it you can put in 6 matching socks and only end up with 5 – that don’t match? (Uterberg, Rolf/

204th day of the year. That should mean something.

Three numbers adding up to six that is divisible by three giving the first number.

Or it could be a complete zero. Up to interpretation.

People are always looking for meaning.

That’s probably “The Secret” the Universe is trying to get across: “Stop it.”

Perhaps a natural disaster as a message would work. Return to base line.

Like the Universe cares.

H.G. Wells: “How small the vastest of human catastrophes may seem at a distance of a few million miles.” (1897. “The Star”)

Girls in overalls. five US Congressional Secretaries in overalls. 1920. Carl Thorner/USPD:, exp cr/

Apparently 1920 dress code for Congressional Secretaries. Don’t tell me the Universe doesn’t enjoy a joke. (USPD/

Between the sweltering summer nights, the fireflies’ plight, the ranting about Wall Street (while sports figures sign contracts of $118 million…) and people killing people just ’cause they are mad (as in “angry”…although the other definition might be equally applicable), a whole lot of shaking going on.

Universally looking for solid ground: some perfect number giving insight to it all.

Albert Einstein. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” 

Arthur C. Clarke. “I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.”

Why scientists and science fiction writers are universally popular: a sense of humor.

Robot gone bad. 1956. MGM movie poster.Reynold Brown/USPD:, no cr renewal/

Your choice: What we’ll be doing if the Amazon drones get cranky when they can’t find a place to perch and recharge. OR is it just me or does anyone else think the car designers are channeling old sci-fi movies for inspiration for cars’ chrome grills these days? (USPD/

Looking for the magic.

Ray Bradbury. “The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.” (Fahrenheit 451)

The Universe and numbers, partners in time.

It adds up eventually

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

A couple more to universally  ponder:

  • C.S. Lewis. ““If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.” 
  • Alan W. Watts “Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.” (So never let anyone tell you day dreaming is a waste of time. Serious work, that.)
1959 vintage film scene."Plan 9 from Outer Space".(USPD:, cr not renewed/

1959 “Plan 9 from Outer Space” The last laugh is on us. Tunics are still in style. Although, metal belts might be uncomfy in modern aircraft seats. Not to mention the slowdown of TSA security, a universal joke. (USPD/







  1. The Smiling Pilgrim / Jul 22 2016 10:40 am

    Lol love the interpretation


  2. pnwauthor / Jul 22 2016 10:45 am

    You always seem to choose just the right photos. Where do you find these gems?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 22 2016 10:51 am

      Actually they find me and sit quietly until they say “Oh, that’s my ride, thanks for the lift.” Thanks for checking out fun


  3. amcmulin914 / Jul 22 2016 11:08 am

    Great post!


  4. Paul / Jul 22 2016 11:26 am

    Phil are you searching for meaning in the universe again? I keep telling you that Bob has the answers, if you can just get him to talk.


  5. reocochran / Jul 22 2016 11:34 am

    This really brought a flood of memories back to me! Funny and sweet! Thank you and hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 22 2016 4:07 pm

      Goes to show that if you hang around long enough, it all comes back around. Pretty universal. Glad you got a grin. Thanks for smiling along


  6. creativeprocess112 / Jul 22 2016 11:47 am

    Great post!


  7. Kate Crimmins / Jul 22 2016 11:51 am

    People? Ick! Dogs are more dependable….or maybe cats….or maybe not. Maybe there is no hope.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 22 2016 5:03 pm

      Be hesitant to trust anyone who doesn’t laugh at themselves as much as at others or who doesn’t have a dog or cat. How about a couple of spaced out cats: (thanks for meowing along with a smile)

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  8. shoreacres / Jul 22 2016 8:02 pm

    And then there’s this — today is the 22nd day of July. July is the seventh month. 22/7/2016. Drop the year, and you have 22/7.

    Divide, and the question becomes, “Would you like ice cream with your pi?”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2016 7:04 am

      HA! Are our days numbered? What is the purpose of numbering at all. Is it possible that if life gets too easy, people find too much to worry about…or if life is too hard, people think too hard…Sounds like a Smothers’ Bros. debate. More music and ice cream! Thanks for additive comment


  9. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Jul 23 2016 11:35 am

    Have always wondered what would happen if or when the sock mystery was ever solved! Also the washing of 4-round legged monsters brings rain, or at least overhead feathered monsters. Love seeing those uniforms on female govt workers in the 20s. During the 80s & early 90s skirts with… pantyhose were mandatory… now allowed summer casual, capris & friday jeans, but no logo tshirts. Love seeing Robby, but Gort is still my fave. Or Klaatu 😊 Thanks for a cool post on a stifling day!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2016 7:21 am

      Socks seem to knock it off after a while. Wonder what’s a-foot with that. Maybe just a MIA protest for so many uncovered toes – bare truth…but socks don’t seem to realize if you’ve not there, the heart doesn’t always grow fonder…and you get just stuck with the jobs no one else on the committee wants to do.
      Ah, the golden era of sci fi..when people thought and dreamed – and rocketed after their dreams. Hope imaginations ignite again instead of being satisfied holding hands and sitting in the dark around a dying campfire.
      Thanks for sorting out a sockie comment!


  10. RKLikesReeses / Jul 25 2016 7:39 am

    Purpose? Meaning? Seems to me that the universe exists solely for cats. They probably created it from strings and other fiddlybits. We serve at their pleasure.

    Oooo…”Plan 9 from Outer Space.” Bela Lugosi. Memories.
    Terrific post!!! Lots to gnaw on!!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 25 2016 7:42 am

      String therory! Scientists are finally catching on to the tangle….only to find out Sci Fi writers of the golden age were right: you need strings on all the spaceships.Thanks for adding a spaced out comment!

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  11. D. Wallace Peach / Jul 26 2016 8:05 am

    The Einstein and Clarke quotes cracked me up. Nice! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. marthaschaefer / Jul 29 2016 2:55 pm

    Number Nine? Number Nine? Number Nine?


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