By John Hertz: As you probably know, a word can be a whole utterance or one of its building blocks – a molecule or an atom.
In the famous story about Calvin Coolidge, that a Society matron accosted him with “Oh, Mr. President, I’ve just bet someone that you’d say more than two words tonight,” which he answered “You lose,” he could be counted as giving her two words (atoms) or one (molecule).
So I’m calling this one; but you can call it seven. It has one in it, and you can even bring in Seven at one blow jokes.
I’ve warned you I’m becoming a man of maxims. My grandfather was a man of maxims (like “If it weren’t my fool, I’d laugh”). Some day I may tell you the Fortune Cookie Story, with my Uncle Bob in it. He’s gone now, but Bob really was my uncle.
Anyway, here’s a maxim from me. Call it my thought for the day.
Even to a disaster one can overreact.
We now return you to our regular program.