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Ancient Philosophical Conundrum

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If I eat a chocolate bar on a fallen tree in a forest, but nobody sees me, does it have any calories?

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26 comments

Sayre said...

As long as they don't hear you as well, the answer would be no, right? Chocolate that has to be shared doesn't have calories either...

ADW said...

See, I'm not so sure how it would work with you, since you're plumbing is different, but if WE eat chocolate while on ou periods, it NEVER EVER counts.

ADW said...

your - duh

fatmammycat said...

That would be yes. But if you were to eat it while out on a brisk walk you might just get away with it.

Julie said...

Chocolate bars are fine to eat, but only when you're drinking a diet soda.

Zazzy said...

If it's not documented, it never happened.

no longer anonymous said...

Yes But I'll never tell

Eryl Shields said...

No, but only if you don't see yourself eating it either because, of course you aren't no one. The eye of the mind counts too, so you would have to be totally unaware that you are eating it and in that case what's the point?

fmc's right though, using the energy you put in is the way to go. I never, ever thought I would excercise it seemed somehow vulgar, but what a difference it's made to my capacity to eat cake!

Phil said...

And if there were no women around to tell us that we shouldn't be eating the chocolate in the first place, would it ever have happened?

Namaste.

Archie said...

What chocolate bar?

Stinkypaw said...

mmm... let me think... I was told yesterday that chocolate doesn't have any calories if eaten with friends!

so... you know aht you have to do!

Mary Witzl said...

What kind is it? Depending on your answer, I could probably help with the eating-it-with- friends part.

gimme a minute said...

'Baso said to a monk, "If I see you have a chocolate bar, I will give it to you. If I see you have no chocolate, I will take it away from you.'

All clear now?

Restaurant Gal said...

Only if you eat it for breakfast, walk home, then work a double on the floor for lunch and dinner. Oh wait, that's MY chocolate bar!

Dr Maroon said...

It's a fallen tree because you sat on it.

Z said...

Damn, now I want chocolate.

sarah said...

i certainly wish it did not.

Jeff said...

no harm no foul....

Peace

Amy said...

The answer is no. Enjoy!

PI said...

If you are in a forest you have walked there and have to walk back therefore you have to make up calorie loss so all is OK. QED
Save me a piece please.

Kate said...

No, none at all, you can eat as many as you like.

Brave Astronaut said...

How did the tree fall?

Kanani said...

All depends on whether your talking new growth or old growth forest, there.

But while we're thinking about it, let's have a taste, shall we?

Mary Witzl said...

While we've all been philosophizing about it, Kim's gone and eaten the chocolate!

Kim Ayres said...

What a fantastic set of answers - each of which say so much about the person who commented.

Thank you everyone :)

One of my favourite interpretations of the old riddle is a "Far Side" cartoon by Gary Larson which goes "If a tree falls in the middle of a forest, and it hits a mime, does anybody really care?"

Attila The Mom said...

If you're not sure, just drop it on the floor real quick. Food eaten off the floor doesn't have any calories either. ;-)

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