A parable for graduate students

SCENE: Its a fine sunny day in the forest, and a rabbit is sitting
outside his burrow, tippy-tapping on his typewriter.

Along comes a fox, out for a walk.

FOX: What are you working on?

RABBIT: My thesis.

FOX: Hmm. Whats it about?

RABBIT: Oh, Im writing about how rabbits eat foxes.

(incredulous pause)

FOX: Thats ridiculous! Any fool knows that rabbits dont eat foxes.

RABBIT: Sure they do, and I can prove it. Come with me.

They both disappear into the rabbits burrow. After a few
minutes, the rabbit returns, alone, to his typewriter and resumes

Soon, a wolf comes along and stops to watch the hardworking

WOLF: Whats that youre writing?

RABBIT: Im doing a thesis on how rabbits eat wolves.

(loud guffaws)

WOLF: You dont expect to get such rubbish published, do you?

RABBIT: No problem. Do you want to see why?

The rabbit and the wolf go into the burrow, and again the rabbit
returns by himself, after a few minutes, and goes back to typing.

SCENE: Inside the rabbits burrow. In one corner, there is a pile of
fox bones. In another corner, a pile of wolf bones. On the other
side of the room a huge lion is belching and picking his teeth.

(The End)

MORAL: It doesnt matter what you choose for a thesis subject.
It doesnt matter what you use for data.
What does matter is who you have for a thesis advisor.

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