[thechat] immovable object|irresistible force

Luther, Ron Ron.Luther at hp.com
Wed Oct 2 14:44:00 CDT 2002

Hi Joe,

Whew!  Took me a bit to find it!  While both Sophocles and Plato has some
work espousing immoveable objects, I'm pretty sure ZENO was the trouble
maker who initially proposed the issue by asking what happens when the
irresistable force meets an immovable object. He was like that.  <shrug />

Some say it was Frank Sinatra who answered the question when
singing Johnny Mercer's 1955 song - Something's Gotta Give ... "When an
irresistible force such as you meets an old immovable object like me."

Then there's always H.L. Mencken's quip: Temptation is an irresistible
force at work on a movable body.


-----Original Message-----
From: Joe Crawford [mailto:joe at artlung.com]

i think you're right dex, yes.

what is that from anyway? it's a philosophical riddle, right? where IS
it from though?

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