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  • "This guy," I said pointing out Pythagoras in the painting, "THIS GUY had a secret club." [fanatical religious cult].
    "And if you lived in Ancient Greece and loved Geometry and Triangles and believed in the splendid glory of Mathematics, than you could potentially be part of it." [9 year olds... all they heard was "secret club"].

    "How?"

    "Wellllll, the path wasn't so easy. First, to prove your devotion and self control, you had to take a vow of silence for five years. F-I-V-E. Y-E-A-R-S. While you were doing that, you had to follow certain rules." [no sweat].

    "Like what?"

    "No wearing shoes in the temple. But when you do put your shoes on, you must put the right shoe on first. Don't touch white roosters. Don't eat beans. In addition to beans, you must not eat sea anemones, plough-oxen or the heart of any animal." [awesome!]

    Pause.

    "So.... he was a vegan?"

    [blink]

    "Yes. YES. Pythagoras just may have well been vegan." [couldn't make this up if I tried.]
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