Discovering the Tin Man and the Scare Crow Gets a Brain

In the Wizard of Oz, there is a scene that is dear to my heart.  It’s the one where Dorothy and the Scarecrow discover the rusted Tin Man who can’t move or speak.  In a nutshell, and chiropractically speaking, “The Tin Man was all stove up” and it took some outside help to loosen him up.  I tell my kids “this is what mommy and daddy do at the clinic all day long.”  When Dorothy starts lubricating the Tin Man’s joints, the look on his face and the sounds that he emits are the sweetest you’d ever seen or heard—like he’s died and gone to heaven.  Joint motion never felt so good.

I also love the scene where the Scarecrow finally gets his brain.  He looks out into space and rattles off, “The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side.”  Any good mathematician knows that the Scarecrow is reciting the Pythagorean Theorem and that, sadly, the Scarecrow got it wrong.  What he should have said is “The sum of the squares of the two sides of a right triangle is equal to the square of the hypotenuse.”  (a² + b² = c²).  After the Scarecrow utters these unbelievable words, he is ecstatic about his new found brilliance and exclaims, “Oh joy, rapture! I’ve got a brain!”  He also received a ThD–a doctor of Thinkology.


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