From Douglas Adams in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe:

… you know, Beeblebrox. You want to meet the man who rules the Universe.’

‘Can he cook?’ asked Zaphod. On reflection he added: ‘I doubt if he can. If he could cook a good meal he wouldn’t worry about the rest of the Universe.’


According to the seventeenth century logician and bon vivant Dr Henry Aldrich, similar considerations apply to drink

Si bene quid memini, causae sunt quinque bibendi;

Hospitis adventus, praesens sitis atque futura,

Aut vini bonitas, aut quaelibet altera causa.

The translation runs:

If on my theme I rightly think,

There are five reasons why men drink:

— Good wine; a friend; because I’m dry;

Or lest I should be by and by;

Or — any other reason why.


In The Tao of Pooh, Pooh waxes philosophical about the question:

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh” said piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully.

“It’s the same thing,” he said.


But leave it to the wisdom of a child to have the last say:

Dear God

Can you marry food?


Eric Marshall and Stuart Hample “Children’s Letters to God”

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