“Indian brokers at the Bombay Stock Exchange are calling on the authorities to bring in religious experts to change the direction of a bronze bull statue.
They say the posterior of the bull, placed at the footsteps of the exchange building, points towards the traders which makes it inauspicious.” Source.
Our observations of the world
We may distill and write as “laws”
These shape our understanding, thus
We see effects, and look for cause.
The tools of science guide our search:
We vary, systematically,
Alleged cause–does output change?
Or simply sit there statically?
We put our theories to the test
And really try to prove them wrong.
(Unless we do, how can we know
An explanation’s weak or strong?)
The power of coincidence
To make us see what isn’t real
Is just one thing we’re up against,
As stories in the news reveal:
On January 12th this year,
A statue of a bull was placed
Outside the Bombay Stock Exchange–
The steps, behind; the street, it faced.
The sculpture is a work of art
Expressing movement, form, and mass,
But brokers in the building want
To relocate the statue’s ass.
The bull’s hind end is magic, see,
And has the strange ability
To influence the world, and cause
The market’s volatility!
That’s right–it’s not the sub-prime stuff,
It’s not the housing market bubble,
But a bronze bull’s butt in Old Bombay
That must have caused the market’s trouble.
Don’t fret about your stocks and bonds
Investments now are clearly sound;
Just get the Mumbai analysts
To turn their magic bull around.
And once you do, please be assured,
The market will again be steady,
And we can deal with other things–
There’s far, far too much bull already.