Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Expression Testing

The other science of words
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Seems to me a lot of expressions don't really make much sense. I suggest a program of research into the veracity of commonly held expressions.

For example:

Give 100 participants each a barrelful of similar monkeys and rate how much fun they seem to be having with it.

Test the general public on how well they do shooting as many fish as they can in a barrel.

Empty a well and see if anyone misses the water.

harderthanjesus, Jun 19 2004

The International Organisation for Standardisation http://www.iso.org/
I'm sure they're up to it. Or NIST (USA), or BIPM (France). [Detly, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Truth in advertising www.eureporter.co.u...zine_19-23Jan04.pdf
[kbecker, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

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       Sounds like a job for ISO...
Detly, Jun 19 2004

       Yep. You might be barking up the wrong tree, here.
lintkeeper2, Jun 19 2004

       *begins recruiting an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters* (though [jutta] has a leg up) (+)
xclamp, Jun 19 2004

       Who determines the value of birds: 2 in the bush< bird in hand.   

       and does the cat really leave the bag? Don't cats like to be in the bag?
dentworth, Jun 19 2004

       Can people really tell the difference between two fish-filled kettles?

...and just how hard is it really to herd cats?
hippo, Jun 19 2004

       I can positively confirm that wet dog really smells bad.   

       ISO would definitely be the organization to handle this. With the new truth in advertising movement in Europe (link) such research may even be required. If the manufacturer of a candy claims that its consumption takes you to seventh heaven that statement needs proof. Put 100 people into space suits and have them each pop a candy. 50 get the real thing, 50 get a placebo. Or should such experiments be done with rats? Do human scientists have access to rat heaven to verify the results?
kbecker, Jun 20 2004

       The baby and I are taking the electroencephalograph and we're gonna be down at the topless bar doing some research into the degree and nature of confusion.
dpsyplc, Jun 20 2004

       [dpsyplc] The baby gets hungry and you get horny. Anything confusing about that?
kbecker, Jun 20 2004

       [Hippo] I can attest to the difficulty of herding cats. Consider that topic well and truly researched.
gardnertoo, Jul 28 2004


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