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I got a new book for the kids the other day and read it to them last night. I was VERY distracted throughout because it sounds like the author (none other than the great Dr. Seuss) was talking about HI orgs. If you don't recognize yourself somewhere in here, you aren't being honest.

I found the text elsewhere on the internet and will paste it below, but you really need the pictures to get the full effect. Anyway, for your amusement and edification:

"The Big Brag

The Rabbit felt mighty important that day

On top of the hill in the sun where he lay.

He felt SO important up there on that hill

That he started in bragging, as animals will

And he boasted out loud, as he threw out his chest,

"Of all of the beasts in the world, I'm the best!

On land, and on sea...even up in the sky

No animal lives who is better than I!"

"What's that?" growled a voice that was terribly gruff.

"Now why do you say such ridiculous stuff?"

The rabbit looked down and he saw a big bear.

"I'm best of the beasts," said the bear. "And so there!"

"You're not!" snapped the rabbit. "I'm better than you!"

"Pooh!" the bear snorted. "Again I say Pooh!"

You talk mighty big, Mr. Rabbit. That's true.

But how can you prove it? Just what can you DO?"

"Hmmmm..." thought the rabbit,

"Now what CAN I do...?"

He thought and he thought. Then he finally said,

"Mr. Bear, do you see these two ears on my head?

My ears are so keen and so sharp and so fine

No ears in the world can hear further than mine!"

"Humpf!" the bear grunted. He looked at each ear.

"You say they are good," said the bear with a sneer,

"But how do I know just how far they can hear?"

"I'll prove," said the rabbit, "my ears are the best.

You sit there and watch me. I'll prove it by test."

Then he stiffened his ears till they both stood up high

And pointed straight up at the blue of the sky.

He stretched his ears open as wide as he could.

"Shhh! I am listening!" he said as he stood.

He listened so hard that he started to sweat

And the fur on his ears and his forehead got wet.

For seven long minutes he stood. Then he stirred

And he said to the bear, "Do you know what I heard?

Do you see that far mountain...? It's ninety mile off.

There's a fly on that mountain. I just heard him cough!

Now the cough of a fly, sir, is quite hard to hear

When he's ninety mile off. But I heard it quite clear.

So you see," bragged the rabbit, "it's perfectly true

That my ears are the best, so I'm better than you!"

The bear, for a moment, just sulked as he sat

For he knew that his ears couldn't hear things like that.

"This rabbit," he thought, "made a fool out of me.

"

So he said to the rabbit, "You hear pretty well.

You can hear ninety miles. But how far can you smell?

I'm the greatest of smellers," he bragged. "See my nose?

This nose on my face is the finest that grows.

My nose can smell anything, both far and near.

With my nose I can smell twice as far as you hear!"

"You can't!" snapped the rabbit.

"I can!" growled the bear

And he stuck his big nose 'way up high in the air.

He wiggled that nose and he sniffed and he snuffed.

He waggled that nose and he whiffed and he whuffed.

For more than ten minutes he snaff and he snuff.

Then he said the rabbit, "I've smelled far enough."

"All right," said the rabbit. "Come on now and tell

Exactly how far is the smell that you smell?"

"Oh, I'm smelling a very far smell," said the bear.

"Away past that fly on that mountain out there.

I'm smelling past many great mountains beyond

Six hundred miles more to the edge of the pond."

"And 'way, 'way out there, by the pond you can't see,

Is a very small farm. On the farm is a tree.

On the tree is a branch. On the branch is a nest,

A very small nest where two tiny eggs rest.

Two hummingbird eggs! Only half an inch long!

But my nose," said the bear, "is so wonderfully strong,

My nose is so good that I smelled without fail

That the egg on the left is a little bit stale!

And that is a thing that no rabbit can do.

So you see," the bear boasted, "I'm better than you!

My smeller's so keen that it just can't be beat..."

"What's that?" called a voice

>From 'way down by his feet.

The bear and the rabbit looked down at the ground,

And they saw an old worm crawling out of the ground.

"Now, boys," said the worm, "you've been bragging a lot.

You both think you're great. But I think you are not.

You're not half as good as a fellow like me.

You hear and you smell. But how far can you SEE?

Now, I'm here to prove to you big boasting guys

That your nose and your ears aren't as good as my eyes!"

And the little old worm cocked his head to one side

And he opened his eyes and he opened them wide.

And they looked far away with a strange sort of stare

As if they were burning two holes in the air.

The eyes of that worm almost popped from his head.

He stared half an hour till his eyelids got red.

"That's enough!" growled the bear.

How far did you look and just what did you see?"

"Well, boys," the worm answered, "that look that I took

Was a look that looked further than you'll ever look!

I looked 'cross the ocean, 'way out to Japan.

For I can see further than anyone can.

There's no one on earth who has eyesight that's finer.

I looked past Japan. Then I looked across China.

I looked across Egypt; then took a quick glance

Across the two countries of Holland and France.

Then I looked across England and, also Brazil.

But I didn't stop there. I looked much further still.

"And I kept right on looking and looking until

I'd looked 'round the world and right back to this hill!

And I saw on this hill, since my eyesight's so keen,

The two biggest fools that have ever been seen!

And the fools that I saw were none other than you,

Who seem to have nothing else better to do

Than sit here and argue who's better than who!"

Then the little old worm gave his head a small jerk

And he dived in his hole and went back to his work."

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