|[Scene: It's 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. What is it about?'' |
|Rabbit:|| ``Oh, I'm writing about how rabbits eat foxes.'' (Incredulous pause) |
|Fox:|| ``That's rediculous! Any fool knows that rabbits don't eat foxes!'' |
|Rabbit:|| ``Sure they do, and I can prove it. Come with me!'' |
|[They both disappear into the rabbit's burrow. After a few minutes, the rabbit returns, alone, to his typewriter and resumes typing. Soon, a wolf comes along and stops to watch the hardworking rabbit.]|
|Wolf:|| ``What's that you're writing?'' |
|Rabbit:|| ``I'm doing a thesis on how rabbits eat wolves.'' (Loud guffaws) |
|Wolf:|| ``You don't 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 rabbit's 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. ]
- It doesn't matter what you choose for a thesis subject.
- It doesn't matter what you use for data.
- What does matter is who you have for a thesis advisor.