June 16, 2005

Is the glass half full or half empty?

I'm sorry, but why is the glass in question always half full? What about one quarter full or three quarters empty? Let's really have a challenge for your damned optimism.

AFTERTHOUGHT: And even when it's half full, why aren't we saying, half full of what? Something awful, I'll bet.

27 comments:

Drethelin said...

I always try to see that question contextually. If you're filling the glass, then at the halfway point, it's half full. If you're emptying the glass, then at the halfway mark, it's half emptied.

Velobiff said...

How about, "Who the hell drank half my beer?"

Paul said...

I'm a pessimist, so I don't like the glass, I don't like what's been put in it, even so, I don't like the fact that I've only been given half what it should be.

Meade said...

You call this glass clean?

Tonya said...

Regardless of whether the glass is half full or half empty, you can be sure that the waiter spit in your beverage.

Meade said...

Spitting in my beverage would be a deal breaker. No tip for you.

HaloJonesFan said...

Optimist: "Glass is half full."
Pessimist: "Glass is half empty."

Engineer: "You have 100% design margin."

headzero said...

HaloJonesFan - when presented with the question or if the glass is half empty or half full, an engineer always replies 'I need more data'.

gs said...

I'm clambering through an important week which is going better than expected.

My cup runneth over...

EddieP said...

Paul Krugman would say the glass is half empty, on the other hand there's nothing in it. It's Bush's fault.

Kev said...

My brother-in-law owns a company that manufactures, among other things, a Pessimist's Mug. It's a clear mug with a line down the middle, below which it reads: "This glass is now half-empty."

FreakinRican said...

At that point I think I'm just ready for a refill.

dax said...

kev - Thanks! I just ordered four of the glasses for four "unique" friends.

Iron Teakettle said...

I must be learning web etiquette. Two months ago I would have teased you unmercifully about this post. I know because I did it to Orrin Kerr.

BTW: Thank you for making me aware of flickr.com. I had thought I could not post images on Blogger.

Kev said...

Dax--thank you. That company puts food on the table for my sweet sister and two darling nephews. ;-)

But seriously, family or not, that company puts out some truly hilarious stuff.

Tristram said...

Well, as an engineer, clearly the point is the glass is too big.

DirtCrashr said...

Is it a Tiki Glass?? If it isn't, who the hell cares?
When you tip the glass to your lips, off the vertical you become part of the glass.

phillywalker said...

Half full, half empty - who cares? All I know is that at some point I will be the one who has to wash the damn thing.

Gerry said...

http://www.emotioneric.com/emotionfill/halffull.html

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Slac said...

"These things are good in little measure and evil in large; yeast, salt, and hesitation." - Talmud

*drinks*

Ann Althouse said...

Sippican: Everyone was wrong? Even Tristram?

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MikeTheLibrarian said...

"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!"

-- (Terry Pratchett, The Truth)

Jim C. said...

It's always half so they can try to hornswoggle you into paying more for a half-full glass than a half-empty one.

nikki said...

really it would never actually be exactly half full or exactly half empty, because if you measured more precisely, you would find that it was either very minutely more or minutely less than the halfway mark. So the glass is never half full or half empty!

azali said...

In my culture, we don't argue the glass is half full or empty, rather we joke over is the egg is half boil or half fresh!