Ever Wonder Why Fire-engines are Red?

Yesterday I wrote about being homeless and just for comparison used Finland in my blog post. I love Finland. And I love Monty Python. So the combination
is double-love.

Finland, Finland, Finland,
The country where I want to be,
Pony trekking or camping,
Or just watching TV.
Finland, Finland, Finland.
It's the country for me.

You're so near to Russia,
So far from Japan,
Quite a long way from Cairo,
Lots of miles from Vietnam...

[by Monty Python]

I still remember a silly bit of nonsense that I had learnt as a kid. Why is a fire-engine red? The answer, delivered rapidly, goes like this: Fire-engines have four men and eight wheels. Eight and four make twelve. Twelve inches in a ruler. Queen Elizabeth was a ruler. She sailed the high seas. Seas have fish. Fish have fins. Finns fought the Russians. The Russians are red. Fire-engines are always rushing. Therefore fire-engines are red.

For all the curious who have asked quo vadis, here is the plan. I wander about India from now on: New Delhi, Nagpur, Bangalore, Hyderabad. Then I wander in the East coast of the US in March, and then roam around the West coast in April. I will be back (god willing and weather permitting) in India in May. If you bump into a wanderer in any of these places, it could quite possibly be yours truly.

Author: Atanu Dey


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