Humorous Parable on Fidelity

Drawing of Gregor Mendel

In an ancient monastery in a faraway place, a new monk arrived to join his brothers in copying books and scrolls in the monastery's scriptorium. He was assigned as a scriptor on copies of copies of books that had already been copied by hand.

One day, he asked Father Florian (the armarius of the scriptorium), "Does not the copying by hand of other copies allow for chances of error? How do we know we are not copying the mistakes of someone else? Are they ever checked against the original?"

Fr. Florian is set back a bit by the obvious logical observation of this youthful monk. "A very good point, my son". "I will take one of the latest books down to the vault and compare it against the original ."

Fr. Florian went down to the secured vault and began his verification. After a day had passed, the monks began to worry and went down looking for the old priest. They were sure something must have happened. As they approached the vault, they heard sobbing and crying. When they opened the door, they found Fr. Florian sobbing over the new copy and table. It was obvious to all that the poor man had been crying his old heart out for a long time.

"What is the problem, Reverend Father?", asked one of the monks.

"Oh, my Lord," sobbed the priest, "the word is 'celebrate'!"

Unofficial Song of the Facility

"Shallow End of the Gene Pool" by the Austin Lounge Lizards (go to site and scroll down a bit to listen)

Lyrics (by Emily Kaitz at Pingleblobber Music):

"My Daddy was a man of letters
My Mama was a head of state
And when they got their chromosomes together
They gave me all of their recessive traits"

"I'm an embarrassment to evolution
My disposition is unstable and cruel
My blood's a catastrophic blend
'Cause I'm from the shallow end of the gene pool"

"My IQ is a negative number
I've got a sense of humor no one can stand
And my development was seriously encumbered
By playing music with the Lounge Lizards band"

"I'm a social director's nightmare
At dinner parties I just babble and drool
It's not easy making friends
When you're from the shallow end of the gene pool"
"I'm from the shallow end of the gene pool
My x-rays make the doctors laugh
When they tried to chart my EEG waves
Well I wasn't even on the graph"

"Biological research is booming
They're making breakthroughs like you wouldn't believe
They say genetic engineering in humans
Will someday soon be a reality"
"I'm gonna get me a DNA transplant
They're gonna rearrange my molecules
Some natural laws will have to bend
To get me from the shallow end of the gene pool"