9 Chickweed Lane by Brooke McEldowney for January 08, 2012
Man: So, howard, what's up? Man: I've completed a study that allows me to establish scientifically the parameters by which human normalcy can be codified. This is my chart. It's getting a lot of buzz in the scientific community. Man: As you see, we can now identify any personal traits that deviate from the social norm. Diagnosing them according to IQ and aberrant excellence in the sciences, arts, and/or letters, these variances are classes as defects, disorders, syndromes and pathologies- a huge leap forward from the obsolete word "Talent". Man: Thus recodified, what was once admired is now an illness, and its possessor a figure of pity. Man: And baed on whom do you codify normalcy? Man: An...that would be me. Man: And based on whom do you codify abnormality? Man: I was just getting to that. Man: Howard Prendy invented three new classes of autism to codify me. Woman: Why do these announcements always crop up at this point in the evening?