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Absent-Minded Coffee Drinker

Today's note from Space Cadet Land:

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I saw this on my friend's wall and suddenly remembered I'd put water on the stove several minutes earlier to make coffee. I made sure to get up, turn the stove off, and make the coffee before starting to write this, because knowing me I'd get sidetracked again mid-sentence and end up with a scorched pot and no coffee.

P.S. I just remembered my original plan was not to make my own coffee, but to go across the street and sit at Au Bon Pain for a while. Sigh. I guess I can still do that, and just get something besides coffee.

P.P.S. Sure enough, in the time I'm taking to write this I think my water would have mostly boiled off if I hadn't gotten up.

P.P.P.S. Before looking at anything else on Facebook I'd better get up and drink my coffee before it gets cold.

P.P.P.P.S. Before I get up, a fun fact: the mathematician Paul Erdős is often credited with saying, "A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems," but apparently he actually got it from another mathematician named Alfréd Rényi.

P.P.P.P.P.S Got up and drank the coffee. It was cold.

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