Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I finally geddit

To stay topical on the World Cup:

Off-side Rule explained for women (courtesy Bill Shepherd)

You're in a shoe shop, second in the queue for the till. Behind the shop assistant on the till is a pair of shoes which you have seen and which you must have. The 'opposing' female shopper in front of you has seen them also and is eyeing them with desire. Both of you have forgotten your purses. It would be totally rude to push in front of the first woman if you had no money to pay for the shoes.The shop assistant remains at the till waiting. Your friend is trying on another pair of shoes at the back of the shop and sees your dilemma. She prepares to throw her purse to you. If she does so, you can catch the purse, then walk round the other shopper and buy the shoes. At a pinch she could throw the purse ahead of the other shopper and, *whilst it is in flight* you could nip around the other shopper, catch the purse and buy the shoes. Always remembering that until the purse had *actually been thrown* it would be plain wrong to be forward of the other shopper.

1 comment:

Milly said...

Little kids play soccer here in the US -- and big boys play what we call football (a very different game). But my Hispanic students so dealy love "football" (soccer) that I actually tuned into the World Cup and discovered that I really like the game. I know nothing at all about it -- but it's far more exciting than baseball (yawn, I'm asleep - why would anyone want to watch baseball?) and you can actually tell what's going on in soccer, unlike our football where guys just jump on each other and I lose sight of the ball. The guy who teaches next door to me is orginally from Italy and he coaches our teenage soccer team (and they win more than they lose) so next year I'll have to take in his games (they aren't allowed to play on our football field because the district claims they will tear it up -- they are forced to play in the public parks). MGW