"The author is anonymous as I received the Fairy Tale from an email. This may shock you, but it intended as a joke and is consistent with the replies from posters, female and male. Many find funny the absurd in life. Except maybe Doug.
If you don't find it funny, may I direct you to the Carbon Flame thread."
And I also have no sense of humor, I am told in another post. Hmm. And here I had hoped that strangers on an obscure backpacking website would appreciate my dynamic sense of humor. I am vexed. You have certainly given me something to think about, sir, and I will have to look into improving and/or gaining a sense of humor. You will have to forgive me for not understanding such a humorous OP, because as you pointed out and I accept without reservation, I have no sense of humor, and thus, could not possibly have known good humor when I saw it. It was not so much shock as you suggest, but bewilderment and awe. I thank you for your insights and will endeavor to have my "funny bone" live up to your masterful expectations. And woe to those who are directed to the Carbon Flame thread! Such a fate I would lament indeed, and the bards would sing the sad songs of my lamentations and the salty, salty tears that cover the custom made Cuben fiber tear shield I had made for my keyboard. As you can imagine for a person like me with no sense of humor, this was a wise investment indeed, and only weighs 5g (I opted for .75 for durability).
And you are of course right in pointing out that both males and females posted in this thread. That must of course negate any issues one might have with your brilliant and pithy wit--though to give credit where credit is due, as you note you are not the author of the humor, but this does not take away from the fact that you are of course hilarious! And copy, pasting, logging into BPL, clicking on the forum, then clicking on "start new thread" and then creating this thread deserve credit too, after all. But this reminds me! Please allow me to make amends and attempt to contribute some humor from an email that was forwarded to me:
A guy went to a psychiatrist. "Doc," he said, "I keep having these alternating recurring dreams. First I'm a teepee, then I'm a wigwam, then I'm a teepee, and then I'm a wigwam. It's driving me crazy. What's wrong with me?"
The doctor replied, "It's very simple. You're two tents."