Thursday, May 20, 2004

"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio"

Shakespeare's famous quotation is often misquoted. "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio" is the official version.

Which reminds me of a story. When I was freshman, I worked a cafeteria line with a junior politico-hippie from Minnesota named Tim. Tim loved baked potato night. With every order, h'd take a foil-wrapped potato in his tongs, look at it carefully through his wire rims and declare "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio.... Would you like butter or sour cream with that?" It really changed my perception of baked potatoes...and skulls.