Rabbit, Fox, Wolf: A Fable
One sunny day a rabbit came out of her hole in the ground to enjoy
the weather. The day was so nice that the rabbit became careless, so
a fox sneaked up to her and caught her.
"I am going to eat you for lunch!", said the fox.
"Wait!", replied the rabbit, "You should at least wait a few days."
"Oh yeah? Why should I wait?"
"Well, I am just finishing my Ph.D. thesis."
"Hah, that's a stupid excuse. What is the title of your thesis
"I am writing my thesis on 'The Superiority of Rabbits over Foxes and
"Are you crazy? I should eat you right now! Everybody knows that a
fox will always win over a rabbit."
"Not really, not according to my research. If you like, you can come
to my hole and read it for yourself. If you are not convinced, you
can go ahead and have me for lunch."
"You are really crazy!" But since the fox was curious and nothing to
lose, it went with the rabbit into its hole. The fox never came back
A few days later, the rabbit was again taking a break from writing
and sure enough, a wolf came out of the bushes and was ready to eat
"Wait!", yelled the rabbit,"you cannot eat me right now."
"And why might that be, you fuzzy appetizer?"
"I am almost finished writing my Ph.D. thesis on 'The Superiority of
Rabbits over Foxes and Wolves."
The wolf laughed so hard that it almost lost its hold on the rabbit.
"Maybe I shouldn't eat you, you really are sick in the head, you
might have something contagious," the wolf opined.
"Come read for yourself, you can eat me after that if you disagree
with my conclusions." So the wolf went to the rabbit's hole and never
The rabbit finished her thesis and was out celebrating in the lettuce
fields. Another rabbit came by and asked, "What's up? You seem to be
"Yup, I just finished my dissertation."
"Congratulations! What is it about?"
"It is titled 'The Superiority of Rabbits over Foxes and Wolves"
"Are you sure? That doesn't sound right."
"Oh yes, you should come over and read it for yourself."
So they went together to the rabbit's hole. As they went in, the
friend saw a typical graduate student abode, albeit a rather messy
one after writing a thesis. The computer with the controversial
dissertation was in one corner, on the right there was a pile of fox
bones, on the left was a pile of wolf bones, and in the middle was a
large, lip-licking lion.
The moral of the story:
The title of your dissertation doesn't matter. All that matters is
who your thesis advisor is.
[ Author Unknown -- from 'The Funny Bone' (firstname.lastname@example.org) ]
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