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50 posted 11-17-2000 01:08 AM       View Profile for Stephanos   Email Stephanos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Stephanos's Home Page   View IP for Stephanos

There is a serious flaw in this question for anyone with english/ grammar 101.

Why is an orange?  

This is either inaccurate in word choice or it is missing something in order to be a valid question.

You can say  "why is an orange orange?"
You can even say "why is there an orange?"
or "why are there oranges?"
or "why do oranges exist?"

But the bottom line is that (no matter how you tell us not to think about it and to just answer it), this question makes no grammatical sense as it stands.  

The closest I can figure, you are dancing aroud the question of existence which is legitimate... but this is worded absolutely wrong.

To answer the question concerning existence, I would say that God created oranges for his own aesthetic pleasure and ours, for our nourishment (not his own), and that we might become aware of the power and wisdom of his nature.
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51 posted 11-17-2000 09:49 AM       View Profile for Not A Poet   Email Not A Poet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Not A Poet's Home Page   View IP for Not A Poet

Bravo Stephanos. Finally someone with the courage to answer honestly.

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52 posted 11-18-2000 10:04 AM       View Profile for Jeffrey Carter   Email Jeffrey Carter   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jeffrey Carter

I hate to agree with someone the likes of Sven   but his question and answer does actually make sense to me. You could also apply the question to all things in the world (i.e. Why is a human? )

And though the answer wouldn't have anything to do with cows it has basically the same premise. Now figure this one out LOL

I would also have to say that Sven's given answer when broken down actually states what many of you guessed. "Why is an orange?" Simply because it is.

Just my thoughts....Jeff
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53 posted 11-18-2000 10:58 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

Jeff. . . you get a gold star!!!  

Now then. . . I'd like to say that this has been fun. . . it was very interesting to see what all of you had to say, and the way that you presented your answers. . .

But I feel that some of you totally missed the point here. . . there are times where you have to take the question at face value. . . not try to analyze it to the point that you've lost what the question was. . . and not to say that it doesn't fit into the rules of what a question should be. . . then. . . you've missed the answer. . .

This was a simple question. . . with a simple answer. . . maybe not the "right" answer. . . but an answer. . . to say that it was "right" would be to say that all of you were wrong. . . thus making the sprit of the question totally off the mark. . . and you weren't. . . all of you were right. . . you interpreted the question correctly. . .

Thanks again. . . we'll have to do this again sometime!!!  

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