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A fronte praecipitium a tergo lupi. (In front of you, a precipice. Behind you, wolves.)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

What If...

I love playing the "What If" game. It generates such incredible flights of fancy. Some call it thinking outside of the box. I call it thinking outside the solar system.

What if a giraffe mated with a wildebeest?
What if you could swim to Saturn?
What if house flies were really tiny airplanes full of itty bitty people?
What if you went diving in a sunote and found a new civilization of dog humans?
What if the color indigo and the planet Pluto got together to protest their bad treatment at the hands of naysayers and made trouble for the rest of the solar system?

What if Jeanne D'Arc never burned to death in the fire? What if she lead an army to defeat the English? What if they crowned her queen?
What if the South had won the American Civil war?
What if several states seceded from the United States over this year's election?
What if men could have babies?
What if we found out that cancer could be cured by eating cockroaches?

What if Bodicea beat the Romans and ran them out of Britain? Or if the Celts had trounced the Saxons and pushed them into the sea? Or what if Henry the 5th had gone down to defeat at the hands of the French at Agincort?
What if the Crusaders had managed to take Jerusalem without bloodshed and had kept it to this day?
What if you could figure out a way for fudge to make you thin and turnips to make you fat?

What if cats actually did something useful, like performing a service?
What if you brought up the Titanic and found out it sank because the wrong person pulled the plug in their bathtub?
What if the Monitor and the Merrimac had been effective war weapons?
What if you could utilize the rest of your brain?

The possibilities boggle!

1 comment:

  1. And your great what if questions are reasons you'll always have ideas for books and poetry.

    Chocolate that makes you thin? I WISH!