A boy is about to go on his first date, and is nervous about what to talk about. He asks his father for advice.
The father replies, "My son, there are three subjects that always work. These are food, family, and philosophy."
The boy picks up his date and they go to a soda fountain. Ice cream sodas in front of them, they stare at each other for a long time, as the boy"s nervousness builds.
He remembers his father"s advice, and chooses the first topic.
He asks the girl, "Do you like spinach?"
She says "No," and the silence returns.
After a few more uncomfortable minutes, the boy thinks of his father"s suggestion and turns to the second item on the list. He asks, "Do you have a brother?" Again, the girl says "No" and there is silence once again.
The boy then plays his last card. He thinks of his father"s advice and asks the girl the following question: "If you had a brother, would he like spinach?"
n. - place in which events, real or fictional, occur.
- a incident, real or fictional. B description of this.
- public display of emotion, temper, etc. (made a scene in the restaurant).
- a continuous portion of a play in a fixed setting; subdivision of an act. B similar section of a film, book, etc.
- a piece of scenery used in a play. B these collectively.
- landscape or view.
- colloq. A area of interest (not my scene). B milieu (well-known on the jazz scene). behind the scenes 1 offstage.
- secret; secretly. Set the scene describe the location of events. [greek skene tent, stage]
—n. - distinctive, esp. Pleasant, smell.
- = *perfume 2.
- a perceptible smell left by an animal. B clues etc. Leading to a discovery. C power of detecting esp. Smells. —v. - a discern by scent. B sense (scented danger).
- (esp. As scented adj.) Make fragrant (scented soap). put (or throw) off the scent deceive by false clues etc. Scent out discover by smelling or searching. [french sentir perceive]
n. (often attrib.) Colloq. Science fiction. [abbreviation]
n. - shoot of a plant etc., esp. One cut for grafting or planting.
- descendant; younger member of (esp. A noble) family. [french]
—v. (usu. Foll. By at) speak scornfully; mock. —n. Mocking words; taunt. [perhaps from scandinavian]
- colloq. —v. Eat greedily. —n. Food; a meal. [afrikaans schoff from dutch]
—v. - rebuke (esp. A child).
- find fault noisily. —n. Archaic nagging woman. scolding n. [probably old norse]
n. Small cake of flour, fat, and milk, baked quickly. [origin uncertain]
—n. - spoon-shaped object, esp.: a a short-handled deep shovel for loose materials. B a large long-handled ladle for liquids. C the excavating part of a digging-machine etc. D an instrument for serving ice-cream etc.
- quantity taken up by a scoop.
- scooping movement.
- exclusive news item.
- large profit made quickly. —v. - (usu. Foll. By out) hollow out (as if) with a scoop.
- (usu. Foll. By up) lift (as if) with a scoop.
- forestall (a rival newspaper etc.) With a scoop.
- secure (a large profit etc.), esp. Suddenly. [low german or dutch]