### A Syllogism, composed whilst shoveling snow

24 January 2012, 4:16 PM

Major Premise: No-one understands John Shaft but his woman.

Minor Premise: Isaac Hayes is not John Shaft’s woman. (See Lemma).

Conclusion 1: Isaac Hayes does not understand John Shaft.

Minor Premise 2: *Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darĂ¼ber muss man schweigen*

Conclusion 2: Shut your mouth!

*Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus*,

-Vardibidian.

Lemma: If we assume that there is a set *P* of *people who understand John Shaft*, a person *p* is in the set *P* iff *p* is John Shaft’s woman, that is, in *J* intersect *W*, where objects are in *J* iff they have a relationship with John Shaft, and objects are in *W* iff they are women. Further, it is the case that the intersection of *W* and *M* is the null set, where objects are in *M* iff they are men. Therefore, it can be seen that *P* intersect *M* is the null set. But Isaac Hayes is in the set M! Therefore Isaac Hayes is not John Shaft’s woman.

*This is actually false; in fact *W* intersect *M* is simply ill-defined.