Case of the Whacked Out Clock
RAY: Well, I mean, I purposely made the narrative rather lengthy so as to obfuscate...
TOM: Yeah, of course. We knew that.
RAY: And confuse.
RAY: And did I do that?
TOM: You succeeded. I don't know the answer.
RAY: Well, you do know the answer.
TOM: I do?
RAY: You know, let's say he looked at the clock and he saw that the hands were 180 degrees apart, but the clock read 11:25.
RAY: But that's impossible.
TOM: It's impossible for it to be 11:25?
RAY: It's impossible for it to be 11:25 and the hands be 180 degrees apart.
TOM: Oh, of course!
RAY: Because when it's 11:25, in fact, the hour hand's...
TOM: It'd be beyond 11.
RAY: It should be 5/12 of the way to 12. When it's 11:30, shouldn't it be halfway between 11 and 12?
TOM: Yeah, but...
RAY: Right? But, if it's exactly on 11, and the minute hand is exactly on the five -
TOM: But you didn't say that.
RAY: I didn't. I just said that the hands were 180 degrees apart, and that's what he noticed.
TOM: And they could be 180 degrees...
RAY: Not at 11:25, they couldn't.
TOM: Who said anything about 11:25?
RAY: Well, that's what he noticed.
TOM: How about 11:27?
RAY: It wasn't 11:27.
TOM: But the hands would have been 180 degrees apart.
RAY: But that's how he knew the clock was broken.
TOM: Oh, jeez.
RAY: He knew the clock was broken because it read a time that was impossible.
TOM: Oh, man. This is really sucky.
RAY: No, it isn't. It's wonderful!
TOM: Oh, man! You are going to get so much hate mail! I'll be on your side; I'm your brother.
RAY: Oh, I doubt it!
TOM: And I'll defend you to the death.
RAY: I doubt it!
TOM: But I have to say that this stinks to high heaven!
RAY: I doubt you.
TOM: To high heaven, I tell you! This stinks a lot!
RAY: They're like rats leaving a sinking ship! Berman's run out!
TOM: You...I mean, sure! Sure!
RAY: I could have merely said, "The clock reads 9:15, and the two hands are opposite each other—180. Is that a possibility? And you would have said, "No, that's impossible."
TOM: No, it's not.
RAY: So, I had to make...I had to clever it up, so to speak.
RAY: Come on!
TOM: Fine. All right. Fine. I'll give it to you.
RAY: It's wonderful to have such a ringing endorsement.
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