Do the Hedgehog on the Fruit Farm

October 15, 2009 at 13:39 5 comments

Verbatim excerpt from the official Fruit Farm screensaver that never fails to piss me off:

“People are like foxes and hedgehogs.

The foxes pursue many goals but their energies are scattered.

On the other hand, when they curl up, hedgehogs are able to simplify a complex world into a single organizing idea/basic principle.

This helps them to focus on what they do best to make an impact.

Hedgehogs rule with their simple passions.

People who are like hedgehogs are likely to Make A Difference.”

So, moral of story: in times of trouble, adopt the foetal position, and all your problems will be solved, and you will receive much praise on the Fruit Farm.

The next page of the screensaver, and I kid you not, shows four hedgehogs flashing their genitalia.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. flaneurvric  |  October 15, 2009 at 20:38

    I also think the screensaver is ridiculous. We’re being encouraged to flash a bunch of sharp pointy things at others to ward off any threats. That doesn’t do much to inspire teamwork, does it?

    I was unaware that foxes are known for having scattered energies. Maybe the screensaver would make more sense if we were zoologists?

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    • 2. Katie  |  October 16, 2009 at 09:52

      Methinks the screensaver might make more sense if we were from another planet.

      Reply
  • 3. zensojourner  |  October 16, 2009 at 18:52

    Actually I always thought foxes were known for their cunning and ability to get out of sticky situations. Hedgehogs who incidentally are a fast disappearing species, are known for being road kill.

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  • 4. zensojourner  |  October 16, 2009 at 18:52

    But then, maybe thats what THEY want from us…

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    • 5. Katie  |  October 17, 2009 at 11:11

      “Roadkill” is a highly appropriate term for what we are now. Evidently the author of that little moral was pretty much clued in after all.

      And foxes are cuter. :)

      Reply

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Shutter Island (Dennis LeHane) - reminds me too much of work
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A Series of Unfortunate Events; The Unauthorized Autobiography; The Beatrice Letters (Lemony Snicket)
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Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
Room: A Novel (Emma Donaghue)
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
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Carpe Jugulum (Terry Pratchett)
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