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A Challenge of English and Maths

1 dog saw 6 elephants when going to Kilimanjaro.
Every elephant saw 2 monkeys going towards Kilimanjaro.
Every monkey holds 1 parrot in their hands.
How many animals are going towards Kilimanjaro?

So many bogholes to upend us - and so many reasons to get all of it wrong. Busy day? Footie on the box? Bewilderment? Drunk? And the least cited and most likely ones: laziness and stupidity. The wisest of us will ascribe all of those, without exception, to ourselves.
...... and the poor innocents first tasked to commit placenames from a thousand impenetrable gaelic dialects into print, and be damned? Just the same. Too much mead? A coach to catch to Carlow? A promise from the ale wench? Torpid, stultifying, boredom?
"Wad some power the giftie gie us tae see ourselves as ithers see us."
Would some power give us the gift to see ourselves as others see us. And the the converse ....
Would some power give us the gift not to see others only as we see ourselves - or as it suits us.
These scribes despatched from their warm city cots to some godforsaken bog had every reason to be sometimes ... well ... economical. Stand in their sodden court slippers and their sparkly tights. You'd want to get home too.
There are a couple of clinkers in the Mourne Mountains and I am sure there are many more throughout Ireland and the world.
Carrick Little and Carrick Big? Erm ... nope. Give me a Big Rock Candy Mountain. Give me even a Big Gun. But Rock Little and Rock Big? Yuck. Yer man, presented with Carrick Beg thinks "Jaysus will this ever end? Carrick Big. That'll do. And the other one will be be Carrick Little. Fine. Pub. Gone."
What he had was Carrick Beg and Carrick More. Lazy? Bewildered? Stupid? Yep - human.
Meelmore and Meelbeg. Big bald hill and small bald hill. Thing is Meelbeg is higher than Meelmore.
While modern academics grapple​ with that one, the boy with the quill is tucking into a lard and kingfisher pie at his Mammy's. More and Beg wrong way 'round courtesy of a grumbly tumbly.

Because a man says it, does not make it so. When we challenge it, it reminds us that we are the most successful species on the planet - and why.

Dogs? Elephants? Monkeys? Parrots? Pff.
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La Gomera- Unfinished Business - GR132
GSheehy 18 hours ago.
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TommyV a day ago.
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