Cans and cant’s
My uncle used to visit us on many occasions when I was young and my father would share a few beers with him. They used to have a competition to see who could crush an empty can of beer into the smallest pulp. Their rough hands would destroy the piece of tin. This machismo impressed me for awhile until I posed the question- could they return the squashed can to its original state? Now the assault course on the Krypton Factor would be a breeze for these guys, this intelligence test part that I’d put to them was more of a challenge.
Lots of unwinding and unrolling of the metal took forth. The two dimensional plane was taking on a 3D shape again. But no matter how hard they squeezed and manipulated the object it could not regain its original form. They put their efforts in front of me. The cans of beer were wrinkled, pock marked and off cylindrical. It was an impossible task for the pair of Herculean brothers.
There’s lots of things that are impossible. Take 1,000 piece jigsaws, for instance. Hard as it is to complete a millennium puzzle, it is not impossible. What is impossible is taking an inside piece out of a completed 1,000 piece jigsaw. An edge strip is easy to snap off, any fool could do that. Taking an inside piece off the board is impossible. You could have the sharpest, finest nails a hand or further down the extremity, a finger has ever seen, you would still be struggling to get into the grooves.
If, by a miracle, I could take a piece out of the map I’d wipe out the gale-lashed shipping region of Malin.
Malin. Need to get Malin. No more Malin. Ooops, got Rockall. Put it back. Get Malin.