And Stupidity Causes Brain Drain

August 11, 2009 at 06:51 2 comments

Sometimes when you think that you can’t get any happier about not living in Jerusalem, the inhabitants of the capital surprise you by showing that you actually can.

I had such an experience this morning, when I was going into work. Next to the bus stop on Yafo street opposite the central bus station, someone had spent the night putting up a few dozen posters claiming: “The Internet Causes Cancer”.

But before you call the Lancet to tell them of this scoop, you might want to examine the evidence.

Apparently, the medical genius who connected the 160,000 cases of cancer in this country with the widespread use of the Internet had reached his conclusion by gematric deduction. Apparently, the numerical value of the word Internet is identical — 319 — to that of “sartan” (cancer). Voilà. 

Now, I’m neither a physician nor a rabbi, so maybe I’m not qualified to question such a groundbreaking discovery — especially in the interest of improving public health. I am, however, a Hebrew speaker, and without challenging the underlying premise let me just point out that the only way to reach this particular diagnosis, is by misspelling the word “Internet” and dropping the letter yud.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Yehoshua  |  August 11, 2009 at 11:23

    Dropping the Yud was appropriate, since Yud denotes G-d, and everyone knows there’s nothing divine in the Internet…

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  • 2. Count on Me! « A Blog of Two Cities  |  January 3, 2010 at 18:22

    […] 3, 2010 I’ve written about gematria before here, so I really shouldn’t have to explain it to you again. But since there might be one or two […]

    Reply

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