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    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
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    Who shaves the barber?

    In a small town, a law was passed. There is only one barber in the town.
    The town council has decreed that every man in town has to be clean shaven. No facial hair of any kind is allowed. The only barber in town must, under penalty of law, shave the face of all men who do not shave themselves, and ONLY those men. As a man, you have two choices:
    Shave yourself
    Get shaved by barber.

    If a preacher wants to shave himself, he will do so. The barber will not be allowed to shave the preacher, because hte preacher is willingly going to shave himself.

    Who shaves the barber?
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    There was an amendment on that law not long ago. The barber is a prepubescent boy. Or a chick.
    "The term, then, is obviously a relative one: my pedantry is your scholarship, his reasonable accuracy, her irreducible minimum of education and someone else’s ignorance." H. W. Fowler, Modern English Usage

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    Phantomcow, does your brain ever rest?


    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

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    the barber is female, duh!

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    If the Barber is male, then as a male he can decide to not shave himself, but then as a barber he must shave his person, since that person is not choosing to shave himself.

    Basically it's do it by choice or do it by requirement, either way it's getting done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smitchri View Post
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    What if the barber chooses to use a lighter and singe off his facial hair, assuming the barber is male? Are methods of hair removal not involving inclined planes covered under this law? Either way, it was poorly written.
    "The term, then, is obviously a relative one: my pedantry is your scholarship, his reasonable accuracy, her irreducible minimum of education and someone else’s ignorance." H. W. Fowler, Modern English Usage

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    I made Sister Connie hyperventilate in 9th grade Religion class with that question.
    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

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    Why can't the barber shave himself?
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    No facial hair? They have to get rid of the eyebrows???

    (I know that's not the standard definition...)

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    Are all the women required to be clean shaven?

    The first rule of flats is You don't talk about flats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    Why can't the barber shave himself?
    It's a logical paradox. There are two and only two disjoint sets of men in the town: one group who shave themselves, and one group who are shaved by the barber. All men are required to be clean-shaven, and thus fall into one and only one of those two groups. If the barber is a man, he would have to fall into both groups; both shaving himself and being shaved by the barber...but that's not allowed by the statement of the conditions. The only way out of the predicament is for the barber to fall into neither group, and that's possible if and only if the barber is not a man.

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    If the barber doesn't want to shave himself he goes to the next town and let the barber there shave him.

    I so hate to think inside the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
    If the barber doesn't want to shave himself he goes to the next town and let the barber there shave him.

    I so hate to think inside the box.
    Ah, but that violates the rules. "The only barber in town must, under penalty of law, shave the face of all men who do not shave themselves, and ONLY those men." Thinking outside the box is OK only if you stay inside the rules.

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    The rules say nothing about people not leaving town. What happens in town happens in town, what happens outside of town is no ones business.

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    What if the town is made up of Hasidic Jews?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobartlemagne View Post
    Are all the women required to be clean shaven?
    that would be heaven for me
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    The barber says 'f*ck this stupid rule' and moves to another town where nobody gives a sh*t and the local council aren't facial hair nazi's.
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    For lawbreakers in that loopy town, the only cop is bearded and locked in the only jail cell. There are no keys because the only locksmith broke some other asinine law...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobartlemagne View Post
    Are all the women required to be clean shaven?
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