Abraham Lincoln, ‘is a dog’s tail a leg?’ and Computational Complexity


It’s geek humor for Presidents Day.  I think it’s geek humor.  Computational Complexity analyzed the story attributed to Abraham Lincoln, about the moral of asking how many legs a dog has, if you call a tail “a leg.”

Amazing five-legged dog, Esther Derby.com

Amazing five-legged dog, image by Esther Derby.com

The author acknowledged it, but we now know it was a calf’s tail, not a dog’s tail.

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One Response to Abraham Lincoln, ‘is a dog’s tail a leg?’ and Computational Complexity

  1. Shelley says:

    Lincoln’s telling of this story makes perfect sense to me because his comments about slavery and race also cut through the cant.

    By the way, I just read a fascinating new book about the writers of that era: The War On Words.

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