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Unicorns

In discussing intelligence analysts I often said that no professional analyst would ever make a flat, unequivocal negative statement, because you can’t prove negatives. My example was usually: “an intelligence analyst would never claim there were no unicorns.”

Now there is a case in point from Billings, Montana on March 14: Man Tells Cops Unicorn Caused Crash

A man told police not to blame him for crashing his truck into a light post – it was that unicorn behind the wheel. Prosecutor Ingrid Rosenquist said Phillip C. Holliday Jr. initially denied driving the truck involved in the March 7 crash in Billings. He told officers at the scene that a unicorn was driving, she said.

See, the analyst who claimed there are no unicorns would have to explain his position, and be asked, probably by Dana Rohrabacher, if he/she had checked Billings before making that statement.

Update: Elayne Riggs at Comicmix has a follow-up – it was the prosecutor, not the drunk, who brought up unicorns.

3 comments

1 Elayne Riggs { 03.15.07 at 1:12 pm }

Debunked, sort of. See my posts on this at http://www.comicmix.com for more info.

2 John B. { 03.15.07 at 2:48 pm }

The Unicorn in the Garden:

“Did you tell your wife you saw a unicorn?” asked the police. “Of course not,” said the husband. “The unicorn is a mythical beast.” “That’s all I wanted to know,” said the psychiatrist. “Take her away. I’m sorry, sir, but your wife is as crazy as a jay bird.” So they took her away, cursing and screaming, and shut her up in an institution. The husband lived happily ever after.

Moral: Don’t count your boobies until they are hatched.

3 Bryan { 03.15.07 at 3:36 pm }

I’ll update Elayne, thanks.

Nice, John.