Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Horse sense

It's been a long time, Oughties . . . hello? Anyone there?

The Village Voice turns 50 this year. Featured in the bottom right-hand corner of the front page of its very first issue is an enigmatic little tidbit headlined "Manuscript by author, age 4, goes on sale." The MS in question is a joke by some kid named Phil (presumably now 54 years old!) — it runs:

"A horse can't say yes and can't say no—but a donkey can."

We have thought about this riddle several times a week for the past decade. Any Oughties care to figure it out?