OH MY GOSH
TT: That’s just what you need. More splinters of yourself.
TT: Figurative splinters. Literal splinters. Splinters of splinters. It’s splinters all the way down.
TT: Well, no, it’s still probably turtles all the way down. But who do you think is responsible for their extensive training?
TT: SOMEONE needs to teach them rad martial arts. It is yet another crushing burden which we must shoulder.
THIS IS A REFERENCE TO STEVEN HAWKINGS “A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME” FIRST PARAGRAPH
“A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: ‘What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.’ The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, ‘What is the tortoise standing on.’ ‘You’re very clever, young man, very clever,’ said the old lady. ‘But it’s turtles all the way down!’”