Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Candace waxes eloquent on why zebras are really white with black stripes.

Abigail is unconvinced

While Isaac & I solve the debate in the way we know best. :)

"Zebras are black with white stripes!"

"White with black!"

"Ok, ok! They are white with black stripes!"
Please do not try this at home!

4 comments:

Candace said...

I love how you incorperated the pictures of you and Isaac fighting into the zebra conversation...very clever!

Josiah E. said...

Why thank you Candace, I could not have done it without your excellent photography.

Was I correct in the side I gave you to defend? I couldn't remember which camp you were in. :)

Candace said...

I don't recall that I developed a strong opinion either way, but in the end I think it was generally agreed upon that "white with black stripes" was the most sensible conclusion to a nonsensical argument! :)

Carmen M. said...

Here is the latest "most sensible conclusion to a nonsensical argument." :-) Conrad wrote this on his own for English; then shared it with the rest of us. I just thought this was the proper place for it to be, even if very few people ever come back to this post and read it. Thought I might make the record for longest comment while I was at it. :)

The Pink Zebra Hypothesis

There are many questions that seemingly have no answer. One of these is this: Are zebras black with white stripes or white with black stripes? In the following paragraphs, we will look at this question piece by piece and logically determine what is the best answer.

First, is the zebra black with white stripes? If the zebra is black with white stripes then you should be able to pull the white hair off the zebra and find black hair underneath. Here is an illustration of what I mean. A man paints a wall black. He then paints white stripes on top. He now has a black wall with white stripes on top. If he peals the white paint off, he will find black paint underneath. Thus, since, you will not find black hair under the white hair of the zebra, it is impossible to say that the zebra is black with white stripes.

Second, is the zebra white with black stripes? The same logic can be used for this part of the question as the last. Since, you will not find white hair under the black hair, it is impossible to say the zebra is white with black stripes.

Third, if the zebra is neither black with white stripes nor white with black stripes, the only possibility left is that the zebra is pink with black and white stripes. Think about it. If you pull the black hair off a zebra, you will find pink skin. If you pull the white hair off a zebra, you will find pink skin. Here is an illustration of what I mean. A man paints a wall pink; he then paints black and white stripes so close together that no pink is visible. You cannot say the wall is black or white. It is really pink. The same reasoning works for the zebra as well. Underneath the black and white stripes, the zebra is really pink.