National Affairs: Oyster & Gag

A healthy U. S. oyster bears about 16,000,000 young. Biologists compute that if all the offspring of a single oyster should survive they would confuse the solar system. Within five generations one oyster's offspring, closely packed together, would bulk eight times as large as the earth. Last week on the first day of the 74th Congress, Representatives, less prolific than oysters, dropped 2,964 bills into the bill box at the right of the Speaker's rostrum, an average of almost seven bills per man. If all of them survived the U. S. would likewise be in sore confusion. But the chances of...

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