People, people, people.
I do not have the answer to the question: Why did the porcupine cross the road?
I know you think I have the answer because about 400 of you have cheerfully (or morbidly) Googled that question within the last week and ended up at my Opening the door, Walking outside blog from last year. Here is the blog you discovered: http://centria.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/why-did-the-porcupine-cross-the-road/ (And, strangely enough, this highlighted blog is the #1 Google suggestion which comes up when you type in that question.)
Here’s what I want to know (and the porcupine wants to know too): Why in the world are you seeking an answer to this question?
Is there an Internet prize dangling out there somewhere if you get the right answer?
It’s kind of like the chicken question, isn’t it? Why did the chicken cross the road? Are you googling the chicken query too? Looking for jokes?
Is it a philosophical quandary? Must you find the answer before you sleep? Do you lie awake pondering this question, determined to KNOW?
Or have you simply noticed dozens and dozens of porcupines who have tried–without success–to cross the road and you truly want to know–why can’t porcupines stay off the highways?
Do you think porcupines have these kind of questions?
Porcupine #1 to friend: Hey, why are the humans crossing that road?
Porcupine #2: You gotta be kidding! Why would you even care?
Porcupine #1: Their behavior simply interests me philosophically.
Nahhh, I don’t think porcupines are wondering why we cross the road. They are wiser than we are. If they even think about us, they assume there are a number of reasons involving desire, fear, procreation, safety, or boredom.
They aren’t making jokes about our motives…or ARE they? Maybe they heard some of our jokes:
How do porcupines play leapfrog?
What is a porcupine’s favorite food?
What did the porcupine say to the cactus?
—Is that you, Mama?
(OH MY GOODNESS, I can’t believe I just googled “Porcupine Jokes” and spent ten minutes reading kids’ jokes about every animal on the planet. See? See? We’re a crazy species, aren’t we?? And I’m not even telling all the ‘prick’ jokes which ended up on the more adult joke sites.)
So anyway. That’s my question today. Why ARE you people wondering why the porcupine crossed the road? Can anyone tell me? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone….?
And I know you’re wondering: “WHY is this blog writer wondering why people are wondering why porcupines cross the road?”
LOL! We’re ALL crazy! 🙂