There was once a wide river, called the River Search, that was domain to a large and angry alligator by the name of Google. Every time a fish, or a bird, or a butler tried to cross the river, Alligator Google ate them for lunch.

One day, a frog, by the name of Yahoo, and a scorpion, by the name of Microsoft sat on the bank of the River Search.

“I sure would like to get across,” mumbled Scorpion Microsoft, “but I cant swim.”

“I sure would like to get across,” grumbled Frog Yahoo, “but I cant protect myself against the Google Alligator.”

After much launching of social networks and rebranding efforts, Scorpion Microsoft said to Frog Yahoo, “You know, I could ride across the river on your back.”

“But, Alligator Google will eat us,” whined Frog Yahoo. “I will protect us with my Stinger, which I like to call Desktop Applications and Operating Systems,” championed Scorpion Microsoft.

Frog Yahoo looked around and found no other options, and slowly nodded in agreement with Scorpion Microsoft. “You better protect us,” Frog Yahoo warned, “Alligator Google aint no joke.”

Scorpion Microsoft climbed on the back of Frog Yahoo, and they began to swim across the River Search.

About a quarter of the way across, Alligator Google roared in the form of an Open Letter, and Scorpion Microsoft bared its Stinger, in the form of an Open Response. Alligator Google, to the cheers of Frog Yahoo, swam away.

About three-quarters of the way across, Scorpion Microsoft looked at Frog Yahoo and stung him in the back of his head. As Frog Yahoo became paralyzed under the weight of the Desktop Applications, Operating Systems and Gigantic Overhead, he turned to Scorpion Microsoft, and asked, “Why? Why would you do that Scorpion Microsoft?”

And as Frog Yahoo and Scorpion Microsoft slowly sank into the River Search, Frog Yahoo heard above the laughter from Alligator Google, “Because I am a Scorpion, dummy. What else did you expect?”

  • Great post. Poor Frog…

  • Great post. Poor Frog…

  • almost my favorite parable. I like the two bulls on a hill a bit more…

  • almost my favorite parable. I like the two bulls on a hill a bit more…

  • almost my favorite parable. I like the two bulls on a hill a bit more…

  • deb

    perfect. i was afraid you’d left your funny bone in denver. glad to see its caught up with you in boulder.

  • deb

    perfect. i was afraid you’d left your funny bone in denver. glad to see its caught up with you in boulder.

  • Good appraisal of the situation. Though I imagine google more like a hungry hungry hippo.

  • Good appraisal of the situation. Though I imagine google more like a hungry hungry hippo.

  • Good appraisal of the situation. Though I imagine google more like a hungry hungry hippo.

  • Good parable, I too am a bigger fan of the young bull, old bull sitting on a hill, but somehow I am not sure that would have worked as well for this one. Perhaps you can keep that one in your back pocket for another unsolicited takeover event, I am sure you will have ample opportunity in the near future.

  • Good parable, I too am a bigger fan of the young bull, old bull sitting on a hill, but somehow I am not sure that would have worked as well for this one. Perhaps you can keep that one in your back pocket for another unsolicited takeover event, I am sure you will have ample opportunity in the near future.

  • Good parable, I too am a bigger fan of the young bull, old bull sitting on a hill, but somehow I am not sure that would have worked as well for this one. Perhaps you can keep that one in your back pocket for another unsolicited takeover event, I am sure you will have ample opportunity in the near future.

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  • @will I have already used that one: http://learntoduck.com/gadgets.....-an-iphone

    But I might have to pull it out again.

    @deb glad to see you are liking my posts again…I guess I am just more settled in Boulder.

  • @will I have already used that one: http://learntoduck.com/gadgets.....-an-iphone

    But I might have to pull it out again.

    @deb glad to see you are liking my posts again…I guess I am just more settled in Boulder.

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  • kj

    I spend a lot of my time opposing e-criminals these days, which started when I met captive women online at streaming webcam sites (http://endmafia.com).
    So I have a few tips I can share with you. I’ve had security issues with free software generaly, but also AGV & McAfee. Also steer clear of anything assosiated Yahoo! or Google, tool bars, software, even there search engine, which return rigged results (You may remember Google were sued for promoting paedophile pornography, famously refusing to hand a weeks search terms to the US dept. of justice). Searches with live.com, ask.com are better. Ashampoo’s free software has worked well for me.

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  • Maybe the frog could have jumped across if he didn’t have the scorpion on his back!