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Judge John Hodgman on Whether a Tail Is Part of the Butt

Jan 17, 2019 - The New York Times

Paul writes: My wife, Samantha, and her grandmother Gigi have a disagreement about whether a creature’s tail is part of its butt. Gigi says that because poop can get stuck to a tail, it is part of the butt. Sam argues that a tail only starts at the butt. Are tails butts? (Specifically a dragon’s tail, which is what sparked this argument.)

What a surprise twist at the end! Before we walked through this wardrobe into fantasy land, I was confident in my ruling: Tails are NOT butts, as the...